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Volkswagen announces structural changes to streamline reporting

Volkswagen is making structural changes which it says will help speed up its internal decision-making processes.

The German car maker said the number of top managers reporting directly to the chief executive will be almost halved.

The move comes as the company grapples with the fallout of an emissions-cheating scandal, whose origins it says have been linked to a small group of company engineers.

Chief executive Matthias Mueller has said VW's investigation has revealed "information was not shared" and has pledged changes to prevent such a situation arising again.

Starting in the first quarter of 2016, VW is appointing group heads to report to Mr Mueller, including in areas of research and development, sales, design, and production.

Mr Mueller says the "changes speed up the decision-making process, reduce complexity and increase efficiency".

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