Volkswagen

VW board to discuss recruitment of new chairman, reports say

May 4, 2015 13:35 CET

Volkswagen's supervisory board was meeting to discuss finding a new chairman to fill the void left by Ferdinand Piech's departure, reports said. The meeting precedes what is likely to be a tense annual gathering of VW shareholders on Tuesday....
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VW board to discuss chairman search

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Volkswagen's supervisory board today will discuss finding a new chairman to fill the void left by Ferdinand Piech's sudden departure last month, sources told Reuters....
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Audi's race to catch up with BMW hurts profit margin

May 4, 2015 11:29 CET

Audi's race to catch up with German rival BMW is hurting its profit margin. Audi's operating margin slipped to 9.7 percent from 10.1 percent a year earlier, the carmaker said today, while reaffirming its 8 percent to 10 percent target range....
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KEITH CRAIN

Piech's out at VW -- for the moment

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Late last month, Ferdinand Piech resigned from his position as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board. Reportedly he was given the choice of resigning or being dismissed. For the first time in more than half a century, Piech is out of work -- for the moment....
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Bentley concept coupe aims for Aston's turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Bentley wants a piece of Aston Martin's sports car business. It's testing the waters with a two-seat concept coupe that has received acclaim on the auto show circuit....
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Beat goes on for Subaru, Audi, FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Audi, Subaru and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles kept their U.S. sales streaks alive in April. Audi marked the brand's 52nd straight monthly sales record. Subaru reported its 41st consecutive month of growth. FCA US posted its 61st straight month of year-over-year gains....
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Audi to focus on plug-in hybrids even as it plans EV to take on Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Although Audi plans an electric crossover to challenge Tesla's Model X, CEO Rupert Stadler says he remains cautious about the future of electric vehicles....
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The ART of car diagnosis reaches new level at Audi

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Audi's ART robot connects service staff at dealerships with Audi technical experts at the brand's corporate offices to diagnose cars that come in for service with unusual problems....
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VW power struggle is over, Lower Saxony premier says

May 3, 2015 11:41 CET

The head of the German state of Lower Saxony, which owns 20 percent of Volkswagen, said a power struggle at the automaker that led to the resignation of VW patriarch Ferdinand Piech is over. Decisions regarding the replacement of Piech and his wife, Ursula, on VW's supervisory board had been taken, the prime minister told German newspaper Bild....
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VW's Seat brand bets on SUVs for profitability

May 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Seat is mulling a family of SUVs as it seeks to boost volume and become sustainably profitable. The brand's first SUV, a compact, will go on sale next year. At the Geneva auto show last month Seat previewed the 20V20 concept, a midsize SUV that could go on sale by 2020....
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VOLKSWAGEN'S RETAIL CHALLENGE

VW refuses to cut brand's U.S. prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

Even while benefiting from a weak euro, Volkswagen Group won't try to boost the VW brand's market share in the United States by cutting prices. VW's brand sales in the US have fallen 7.5 percent so far this year....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Why the wrong side lost in VW's battle

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET

All good dictatorships come to an end and so it is with that of Ferdinand Piech, the patriarch who has ruled the Volkswagen Group since 1993, taking it from near-bankruptcy to challenging Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Regrettably, the wrong side has lost in the battle to succeed Piech....
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VW workers back new board members after Piech exit

May 1, 2015 20:10 CET

Volkswagen's works council has backed the automaker's choice of two new supervisory board members, appointments reportedly opposed by newly departed Chairman Ferdinand Piech....
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ANE's May e-magazine goes live Monday

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, May 4. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth....
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VW ex-chairman Piech challenges board nominees, report says

April 30, 2015 15:08 CET

Former VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech is challenging the company's choice of two of his nieces to replace him and his wife as board members, a German newspaper said. Piech is nominating former BMW and Ford executive Wolfgang Reitzle -- seen as a potential replacement chairman -- and former Siemens manager Brigitte Ederer instead, the report said....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German automakers' bonus from weak euro may be hit by U.S. Fed shift

8:54 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

German carmakers and suppliers expect currency effects to add hundreds of millions to their bottom lines. But moves by the Federal Reserve to prop up the U.S. economy could strengthen the euro and hurt Daimler, VW and BMW....
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VW Q1 profit rises 17% as cost cuts at core brand offset weaker Porsche, Audi earnings

April 29, 2015 08:56 CET

VW Group's first-quarter operating profit rose 17 percent, helped by cost cuts at the VW brand and a profit at Spanish unit Seat. The Audi and Porsche brands saw margins shrink on higher investments. The results provided VW with some respite after longtime Chairman Ferdinand Piech's sudden resignation....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

VW's search begins for perfect post-Piech chairman

April 27, 2015 18:09 CET

After Ferdinand Piech's resignation as chairman, VW's supervisory board has an opportunity to give stakeholders and investors clarity regarding the automaker's long-term future while simultaneously setting up the automaker for even bigger financial gains. The trick will be picking the perfect successor to Piech....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Why Piech's departure is bad for the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The stunning resignation of VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech robs the industry of perhaps its most fascinating figure. The gifted engineer is the only third-generation member of the Porsche-Piech clan to display the same extraordinary talent as his grandfather, Beetle creator Ferdinand Porsche, and uncle Ferry Porsche....
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Piech, Wiedeking unlikely to testify in hedge-fund case against Porsche SE

April 27, 2015 15:20 CET

Hedge funds involved in a legal fight against Porsche SE seemed to score a victory when a German court asked 21 people, including former VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech and ex-Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking, to testify. Most of the witnesses will likely assert their right not to testify....
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LEADERSHIP CRISIS AT VOLKSWAGEN

VW board members demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot

April 27, 2015 08:38 CET

Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of VW Group over the weekend, caused his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board....
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LEADERSHIP CRISIS AT VOLKSWAGEN

Piech exit to shake up VW's politburo, creating U.S. opportunity

April 27, 2015 12:00 CET

The sudden departure of VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech may loosen his politburo-style management on the automaker, which could help VW finally start making cars Americans want to buy....
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VW investors hope Piech exit may usher in change

7:09 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Investors hope that Volkswagen will be able to revive profitability at its core division, cure underperformance overseas and bury lingering plans for acquisitions after the resignation of Chairman Ferdinand Piech....
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Audi tests 2 car-sharing concepts in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Audi On Demand is a car sharing pilot in San Francisco where consumers book an Audi rental from a smart phone app, and a concierge delivers and picks up the car. Audi at Home in Miami will place Audis at high-end condo buildings for residents to use as perk....
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VW coupe-style sedan concept previews a new look

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Volkswagen's C Coupe GTE concept unveiled at the Shanghai auto show would be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton if produced....
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