Former BMW executive Markus Duesmann tasked with reinventing Audi

Volkswagen on Friday selected former BMW executive Markus Duesmann to reinvent Audi as the German premium brand appears to have lost key engineering know-how and influence following the 2015 diesel-cheating scandal. Duesmann will become chief executive of Audi and together with that he will take on board level responsibility for research and development at Volkswagen […]

Audi considers cutting night shifts at Ingolstadt plant

2018 Audi Q5

Volkswagen’s Audi is thinking about cutting night shifts at its Ingolstadt plant, Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday, mentioning the head of the luxury automaker’s works council. “We were verbally informed about the plans,” Handelsblatt cited Peter Mosch as stating, adding “at the moment there is no substantial written demand”. An Audi spokesman informed Reuters that cutting […]

U.S. grand jury indicts four Audi managers in emissions probe

Images of 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

A federal grand jury in Detroit on Thursday indicted four managers at Volkswagen AG’s luxury Audi unit as part of the government’s probe into the German automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal, according to court documents. VW admitted in September 2015 to secretly setting up software in almost 500,000 U.S. vehicles to cheat government exhaust emissions […]

Audi to spend 14 billion euros in e-mobility and self-driving cars

New Audi A8 images from Barcelona, July 2017

Volkswagen’s premium auto brand Audi stated on Tuesday it would spend 14 billion euros ($15.9 billion) through 2023 in electric mobility, digitalization and self-driving. Overall, the company’s projected expenditure for the upcoming five years amounts to 40 billion euros, the company stated. It also prepares restructuring measures that will generate 1 billion in revenues uplift […]

Audi fined for 800 million euros for diesel violations

New Audi A8 images from Barcelona, July 2017

German premium car brand Audi, a division of Volkswagen, stated it was fined 800 million euros ($927 million) on Tuesday for violations associated with heavily polluting six- and eight-cylinder diesel engines. “Considering these special items the Audi Group will largely undercut major financial key performance indicators forecasted for the fiscal year 2018,” Audi stated in […]

Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler named as Audi’s new technical director

Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler

German automaker Audi named Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler on Friday as its new director for technical development. Rothenpieler replaces Peter Mertens, who has been in charge since May 2017 and has asked to release him from the company for health reasons. Having joined the Volkswagen Group in 1986, Rothenpieler has held positions of increasing importance, consisting of […]