Frank Tuch will be replaced by the automaker’s current head of technical development.
Annual profit forecast to $19.5 billion from $19.2 billion.
January numbers accelerate 9.6%.
New rules would allow EU Commission to carry out spot tests on cars that have already been released onto the market.
Sells 10.15 million vehicles in 2015.
Action could expose automaker to more than $20 billion in fines under the Clean Air Act.
Previous tests weren’t conducted in real driving conditions, so insufficient.
Follows California air quality regulators’ rejection VW recall plan for its most popular diesel models.
California Air Resources Board call plan ‘unacceptable;’ cites automaker’s inability to identify affected vehicle models.
Prosecutors launch criminal investigation related to emissions scandal
The automaker has already received approval to fix 8.5 million cheating cars in Europe.
Federal lawsuit alleges the German automaker intentionally tampered with the vehicles sold in the US.
Automaker has admitted that more than 500,000 of its diesel vehicles are equipped with emissions-skirting software.
The automaker has admitted to installing software on 482,000 four-cylinder diesel engines in the US.
US sales were down 15.3% to 45,300 units.