Bob Lutz doesn’t mince words. Last week, he intimated that Tesla was doomed. Now, Lutz has some insight into why VW is going through this unreal emissions scandal. He says it traces back to one man: Ferdinand Piech.

Lutz has met Piech and has seen how he operates. His verdict? Piech’s regime was a “reign of terror” that wouldn’t accept failure.

It is clear that Piech is a calculating leader who is never happy when things don’t go his way. Here’s everything Lutz has to say about how VW operated while he was in charge.