UPDATE 1-VW Chairman Piech says has distanced himself from CEO -Spiegel

April 10, 2015 1:44 PM

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BERLIN, April 10 (Reuters) - Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech said he has distanced himself from Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, Der Spiegel reported on Friday, exposing unusual dissent between the German carmaker's top leaders.

Piech, who has spent almost 22 years at the helm of VW, nine of which were as CEO, is casting doubt about Winterkorn at a time when Europe's largest automaker is cutting billions of euros of costs and revamping structures to underpin its global leadership claim.

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