Rupert Stadler

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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Audi prepares electric SUV to fight Tesla

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi is set to launch a full-electric SUV with a 500km (310 mile) range that will challenge Tesla's Model X crossover, but CEO Rupert Stadler remains cautious about EVs. Plug-in hybrids will be the preferred choice for customers looking for a vehicle with some form of electrification for the next 10 to 15 years, he said....
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Audi R8 e-tron signals shift by German automakers to high-end EVs

March 4, 2015 16:12 CET

German carmakers are shifting their focus towards high-end electric vehicles such as the Audi R8 e-tron and away from cheaper city cars in an effort to revive environmentally-friendly but unpopular zero-emission vehicles....
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A shakeup in Germany’s top auto ranks

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

Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s....
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Audi could hit 2 million sales goal ahead of 2020

Jan. 30, 2015 15:43 CET

Audi could reach its goal of 2 million sales a year before its 2020 target, helped by models such as the A4, the flagship Q7 SUV and the R8 sports car, CEO Rupert Stadler said....
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Auto bosses say billions in savings at stake if EU-U.S. trade deal fails

Jan. 28, 2015 19:41 CET

The CEOs of Germany's top auto companies said Wednesday that they could save roughly 5 billion euros in annual costs if the European and U.S. governments can agree on a landmark free trade deal....
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Stadler: Audi to build range-topping Q8 SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Audi will launch a flagship SUV called the Q8 before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. The SUV will be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East....
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Audi plans to build range-topping Q8 SUV, CEO Stadler says

Jan. 20, 2015 15:38 CET

Audi plans a range-topping SUV to go on sale before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. Dubbed the Q8, the SUV would be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East, where large coupe-styled SUVs are in demand....
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Audi earmarks $29 billion through 2019 to chase BMW's crown

3:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2014

Audi will spend $29 billion to develop technology and expand production, boosting its five-year investment plan by $2.44 billion as it chases BMW for the top spot in luxury-car sales....
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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV

Dec. 18, 2014 17:03 CET

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving.” He says that because 80 percent of daily roundtrip commutes in Europe are less than 50km, which is the A3 e-tron's electric-only range....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss....
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Audi plans EV crossover to challenge Tesla in '17

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Audi will challenge Tesla in 2017 with an electric-powered crossover, CEO Rupert Stadler told Bloomberg. The new model will be Audi's first mainstream all-electric vehicle, and marks a change of course by the company....
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Audi plans electric crossover in U.S. to challenge Tesla

8:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014

Audi plans to roll out an electric-powered crossover in 2017 to challenge Tesla for wealthy, environmentally conscious consumers....
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Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin....
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Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist....
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Audi wants $2.5 billion in annual cost cuts to offset tech spending, reports say

9:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014

Audi wants to rein in costs by about $2.5 billion a year to offset surging spending on new technology, according to people familiar with the matter....
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Audi seeks to reduce annual costs by 2 billion euros, report says

Oct. 8, 2014 14:45 CET

Audi wants to reduce annual costs by about 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to safeguard profit margins, sources said. The automaker will seek to limit expenditure growth in areas such as development, purchasing and manufacturing, the sources said....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Will the customer buy what governments demand?

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change....
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Audi CEO sees strong sales growth despite Russia, emerging markets slowdown

Sept. 3, 2014 10:40 CET

Audi expects to sell more than 1.7 million cars this year as China and the U.S. offset lower sales in Russia and other emerging markets, CEO Rupert Stadler said....
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Europe's slump creates new opportunities at the top

Aug. 13, 2014 06:01 CET

Europe's car sales slump took its toll on the executive ranks at automakers active in the region. Just 13 of the 37 executives who topped their organizational charts before the crisis are still there....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Audi's war chest could buy Fiat Chrysler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

If there is one thing that Audi's first-half results prove, it's that VW Group's premium brand earns so much cash it could easily swallow Fiat-Chrysler whole...
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Audi said to plan efficiency push to lower costs

July 30, 2014 20:45 CET

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler plans steps to boost efficiency and lower costs on all operating levels, a source said, as the luxury carmaker struggles to raise output and profit margins....
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Audi CEO vows efficiency drive to enhance margins, report says

2:45 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014

Audi plans steps to boost efficiency and lower costs on all operating levels, according to a senior company source, as the luxury carmaker struggles to raise output and profit margins....
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Audi plans plug-in hybrid offensive

June 27, 2014 10:46 CET

Audi plans to launch at least four plug-in hybrid cars as it bets on the technology to counter rival BMW's electric car offensive. The first of these, the A3 Sportback E-tron, will be rolled out this month....
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