VW Group names Markus Duesmann as new Audi chief, Auto Information, Automobilnews
Frankfurt am Predominant – Sprawling 12-brand German automotive large Volkswagen stated Friday Markus Duesmann would take the helm at high-end subsidiary Audi, additionally becoming a member of the group-wide government board.The previous BMW buying chief and engineer will head Audi from April, hoping to safe a turnaround on the struggling producer — lengthy one of many VW group’s flagships.
Duesmann, 50, “will do every part in his energy to leverage the complete potential of the Audi model”, VW chief government Herbert Diess stated in an announcement.
At BMW and beforehand Mercedes-Benz mum or dad Daimler, Duesmann additionally headed growth within the high-end producers’ Formulation One groups.
On high of main Audi, the brand new boss’s position on the board will embrace overseeing analysis and growth throughout the VW group, taking up the portfolio from Diess.Below departing head Bram Schot, Audi reported falling gross sales, revenues and working income over the primary 9 months of 2019.
It suffered greater than different German producers from the introduction final 12 months of the brand new WLTP emissions testing requirements within the European Union, which created bottlenecks in manufacturing.
Audi has additionally ramped up spending on new applied sciences, together with battery-electric and hybrid autos, connectivity and autonomous driving.
Group-wide, VW plans to spend some 60 billion euros ($66 billion) on analysis into such future applied sciences by 2024, it introduced individually Friday, with 75 electrical and 60 hybrid autos deliberate within the subsequent decade.
In the meantime elevated labour prices have additionally weighed on Audi’s backside line.
With the worldwide auto market slowing, Audi just lately slashed the evening shift in two of its factories, with out letting any of its workers go.
And the agency additionally needed to pay final 12 months an 800-million-euro nice over its position within the “dieselgate” emissions dishonest scandal that has dogged VW since 2015.
Its engineers are suspected of getting helped developed software program used to make vehicles emit much less pollution underneath lab testing situations than on the highway.