Before the VW diesel emissions scandal became public knowledge, we reported in April 2015 on Ferdinand Piech's surprise ousting from the company and the legacy he left behind. Read the article below:

Nobody could have predicted – or hoped – that Ferdinand Piech’s association with the car maker founded by his grandfather would end in such a dismal manner.

An emergency meeting of Volkswagen’s supervisory board was called on Saturday 25 April; the location a regional airport in northern Germany, not far from VW’s Wolfsburg HQ.

It proved to be the final destination for Piech after nearly half a century at the heart of Porsche (founded by his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche after WW2) and Volkswagen, the brand that grew out of the Beetle, a car originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche.