German manufacturer, VW, has come under intense media and political scrutiny in recent months following the revelations of ‘Diselgate’, but Europe’s biggest car group has reiterated that it is committed to its current racing programmes.
While VW has been increasingly linked with F1 in recent years, the disclosure of its diesel emissions crisis has caused considerable issues for the brand, resulting in financial losses and a loss of consumer confidence.
The VW Group is heavily involved in a wide range of motorsports, from the World Endurance Championship and Formula E, to World Rally Championship and World Rally Cross.
However, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller, has now reiterated the company’s commitment to its motorsport programmes. Speaking to Autosport magazine, Müller commented: “The motorsports programmes are not in danger of being dropped or significantly reduced because motorsports is very important for the group and the brands. Basically, we do not question our motorsport efforts.”
He also stated that 2015 had been: “A tremendous season with incredible success and a huge effort of all teams.”
Just last weekend Porsche secured the title in the World Endurance Championship, with VW stablemate Audi taking the runner-up spot, and Porsche also claiming the GT Manufacturers’ crown.