After dealing with the huge mess of the Dieselgate, Volkswagen AG CEO, Matthias Mueller believes the company “is back on track.” Despite the big crisis the company faced, he revealed 2016 wasn’t necessarily the big nightmare that many foresaw them enduring. When speaking at the VW annual press conference here, he spoke of the need to “become more international, more entrepreneurial and more female.” With the proposition of more diversity of ideas and workforce, especially at the management level, he is possibly considering a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.


Mueller has been CEO of VW for a relatively short amount of time, just after the diesel crisis gained recognition in September of 2015. His main priority was to get the company through the scandal in the best way possible, making sure to adequately cooperate with authorities around the globe who were investigating the company’s lengthy history of efforts to cheat on emission tests with defeat devices. Globally, VW has been modifying about 200,000 customer vehicles a week, to correct for the cheat devices. In all, about 4 million vehicles had been modified worldwide, including 1.5 in Germany. The goal is to complete the modifications by autumn of 2017.


Although there hasn’t really been any communication with FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, Mueller did seem to feign interest in a possible merger if it made sense. He said he is “not ruling out a conversation,” as Marchionne has long been an advocate for automotive industry mergers that would share the cost of building more technologically advanced and cleaner vehicles. “It would be very helpful if Mr. Marchionne were to communicate his considerations to me, too, and not just to you, Mueller told journalists. Mueller said he was “pretty confident” about the future of Volkswagen, with or with Marchionne.


Volkswagen was criticized over the number of women they have employed globally, with women only comprising 14.5 percent of its workforce. He responded by saying that they’re striving to expand more progressively in the future, with plans to possibly employ more women in management positions. As far as the direction of the company, the focus is to strategically develop more advanced EV technology, as well as to pursue internal combustion engine technologies. This is all despite the slow sales of electric vehicles, but the CEO’s confidence in the path of the company bodes well for VW.