Bernd Osterloh, head of VW's work council, voiced some harsh criticism about VW's strategy for the US. The main points are wrong products for such an important market, and not enough dealerships. He also said that he doesn't see a silver lining, yet.

After sales growth in the past, sales for the VW brand alone saw a 7% decline in 2013. "We came, we saw, we conquered. And then we lost again."

(Unfortunately) he didn't name any names. He was just upset that they "are talking, and talking, and talking, but nothing happens." He also used China as an example for a market where VW is able to adapt to customers' wishes (softer seats than those in cars for the European market, among other things) much faster than in the US.

I don't know why he completely left out the US-spec Passat and Jetta, but for a little while now, I've had the hunch that the higher ups in Wolfsburg have realized that they weren't exactly the brightest of ideas.

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(link: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unt… )