I wasn't an employee but in my work there I made a decision that got him angry and he really yelled at me. A short time later a situation arose that I had to make a decision again in the same circumstances and I knew I had to repeat what he told me never to do again. On finding out, he realised I had to do it that way and said nothing. I hoped he would say I did the right thing, but that would be backing down and he was too proud for that. In many ways I see the culture at VW as similar. Employees were operating in an environment of fear. Upsetting the top brass was avoided at all cost.
|Boring. At least the colour suits it|
Now VW want to change that and this scandal is the catalyst. The fact dieselgate even happened shows how bad things had become at VW. I assume the culture of fear is to be banished. Being the #1 car maker by volume is no longer the issue, but improved profitability is. The staff have been told to have fun! When I look at the new Passat for example, I see it designed by people who wouldn't know fun if it jumped up and bit them.
I like cars with style. If a car has something beautiful or even cheeky about it, then I'm interested. If it looks dull, then I don't want to own it. That's probably why nothing in the VW range has any appeal to me. A friend of mine hates the look of a the Nissan Juke and recently bought a VW Golf. Enough said. I'm looking forward to see what VW can come up with if its workers are having fun.
|Now this car looks fun. I like it|