Berlin - Volkswagen's former chief executive Martin Winterkorn, who quit in the wake of the massive pollution-cheating scandal, is still on the carmaker's books and receiving a huge salary, according to two German media reports on Friday.
The business daily Handelsblatt and German public television's investigative news programme Frontal 21 said Winterkorn's contract runs until the end of 2016, as agreed, and he is receiving his full salary.
The two reports quoted sources close to VW's supervisory board.
Winterkorn, 68, was in the driving seat at the auto giant from 2007 until the scandal broke in September.
Under the terms of his salary, he has a basic annual salary of 1.62 million euros ($1.8 billion), plus a range of generous bonuses.