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BLOG: Audi, VW Group's crown jewel, is damaged by emissions scandal

4:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Audi has been caught up in VW Group's diesel emissions scandal. The consequences will be bad for a brand that touts its engineering prowess....
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VW names Mueller as Winterkorn's successor; Seat, Skoda get new CEOs; sales chief is out

Sept. 25, 2015 14:11 CET

VW Group's supervisory board named Matthias Mueller as the automaker's new CEO. Sales boss Christian Klingler is out, Winfried Vahland will lead North America operations and Audi sales chief Luca de Meo will head the Seat brand....
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VW to start firings over emissions scandal on Friday, report says

Sept. 24, 2015 13:05 CET

VW will start firings connected to the rigging of U.S. emissions tests and shake up management on Friday when the company's supervisory board meets, sources said. Top managers including U.S. chief Michael Horn and group sales chief Christian Klingler could also be replaced, even if they did not know about the deception, the sources said....
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Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn resigns amid diesel scandal

Sept. 23, 2015 17:07 CET

VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned his post, taking responsibility for the automaker's rigging of U.S. diesel emissions tests. Senior members of VW's supervisory board said they expect further heads to roll as an investigation seeks to identify who was responsible for what has turned into the biggest scandal in the company's history....
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Audi CEO Stadler is positive on China recovery

Sept. 9, 2015 11:40 CET

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says China is showing signs of recovery and he is confident that the country's growing middle class will ensure its car market keeps growing....
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Porsche defeats Audi at 83rd Le Mans endurance race

June 15, 2015 12:32 CET

Porsche won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time since 1998, defeating Audi, which triumphed in 10 of the 11 prior contests. Porsche's 919 Hybrid car took first and second places, while Audi's R18 e-tron came in third....
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Audi snubs Google bid to attract German carmakers

June 10, 2015 10:50 CET

Google's strategy of courting German carmakers into partnerships was snubbed by Audi amid concerns that Internet-assisted driving may risk intruding on passenger privacy....
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Audi CEO Stadler focuses on SUVs, sees no need for minivans

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi is investing heavily as part of its effort to overtake BMW as the world's largest premium automaker. CEO Rupert Stadler is particularly bullish about Audi's fast-growing SUV lineup, as he explained to Automotive News Europe....
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for June

June 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Europe's stronger-than-expected sales rebound is unlikely to provide an equally large boost to profits....
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Audi boss focuses on SUVs to win consumers' hearts

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2015

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, 52, is particularly bullish about the automaker's fast-growing SUV lineup....
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ANE's June e-magazine goes live Monday

May 29, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, June 1. This month's edition looks at why Europe's stronger-than-expected sales rebound is not expected to provide an equally large boost to profits....
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Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu

May 22, 2015 12:32 CET

Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market....
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Audi rules out entry into Formula One

May 18, 2015 16:06 CET

Audi has no plans to enter Formula One, the company has said, seeking to end speculation that the carmaker was tempted to broaden its commitment to motor racing....
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Formula One is an option for Audi, CEO says

May 12, 2015 11:46 CET

Formula One racing remains an option for Audi, the carmaker's CEO Rupert Stadler was quoted as saying amid speculation about a partnership with former world champions Red Bull....
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Lamborghini may get tax breaks to build SUV in Italy

May 5, 2015 12:06 CET

Lamborghini is being offered incentives by Italy's government to make sure the automaker builds a production version of its Urus SUV concept in the country, sources said. Lamborghini sees the potential to sell 3,000 units a year of the Urus, more than doubling the brand's global volume....
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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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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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