Skoda is a Czech subsidiary of Volkswagen.  For over 20 years, the Artoc Group served as the sole distributor of Skoda’s vehicles in Egypt.  After a Skoda manager demanded a kickback from Artoc, Artoc reported the demand for a bribe to Volkswagen.  But instead of removing the manager, Volkswagen and Skoda punished the whistleblower by taking away Artoc’s exclusive distribution rights.  The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported on the scandal in April of last year and asked, “Is this now the next scandal in the long list of embarrassments for Volkswagen?”