Ferdinand Piech, the driving force behind Volkswagen and Audi for decades, is cutting all ties to the company he considered to be more important than his own family. He will resign from the board of VW Group's parent, Porsche SE, on Dec. 8.
Volkswagen of America named a California advertising agency executive as vice president of marketing. Jim Zabel, managing director of Omni Advertising in Los Angeles and a former account manager for the Hyundai and Honda brands, will start Nov. 27.
VW Group plans three research projects on a Google quantum computer as part of the automaker's push to develop new digital features for cars and broaden its technological heft beyond manufacturing and selling vehicles.