Following the shock resignation of Martin Winterkorn from chief executive of Volkswagen AG, it has emerged that existing Porsche chief executive Matthias Muller is tipped to be named Volkswagen’s brand new CEO.

Muller has been at the helm of Porsche since October 2010 and has helped boost sales and profitability of the German sports car brand thanks to a host of new models, particularly the Porsche Macan.

Before taking over control of Porsche, Muller has been in charge of product lines for Audi and Lamborghini as well as overseeing all VW global vehicle projects from 2007 through to 2010. He originally joined Audi back in 1977 but if he is indeed given responsibility for the Volkswagen Group, it could be his toughest job so far.

The German company is of course under severe scrutiny after it emerged that its diesel-powered vehicles in the United States have been installed with software to make them appear more efficient during EPA testing. Approximately 11 million vehicles from Volkswagen are believed to have the software with 482,000 vehicles in the United States already tipped to be recalled.

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