Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt is leaving the Volkswagen Group management board, having served little more than a year as the carmaker’s top executive in charge of integrity and legal affairs. VW and Hohmann-Denhardt decided to go separate waysÂ because ofÂ “differences in their understanding of responsibilities and future operating structures within the function she leads,” the company said in Read More..
More automakers are creating the position of chief digital officer as a central point of contact for digitization issues. Someone who is sure to understand how the role is different from that of the CIO is Skoda CDO Andre Wehner. Until he assumed his current position last summer, he was the head of IT at Read More..
Volkswagen said it will hire more than 1,000 additional IT experts in the next three years, as Europe’s largest car group aims to bolster its expertise in digital technologies. VW said the specialists, which will be recruited from a range of high-tech industries, will focus on such fields as artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, Read More..
(Bloomberg) –Volkswagen AG bought North American parking-payment operatorPayByPhone in the latest move by Europeâ€™s biggest carmaker to expand from manufacturing into mobility services. The purchase of Vancouver-based PayByPhone,Â which processed more than 250 million dlrs in transactions this year, will turn the German companyâ€™s Volkswagen Financial ServicesÂ unit into the leader in mobile payments for parking, the Read More..
LONDON — Nobody really knows what car buyingÂ will look like in 10 years. Some say online retail will be the future, but others are certain that car showrooms and dealer groups will continue to play a key role. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle and there are arguments to be made for a Read More..
(Bloomberg) –Volkswagen AG plans to expand its new mobility-services division into a business with billions in revenue as the German carmaker seeks salvation in ride-hailing, autonomous driving and electric cars in the wake of the diesel-emissions scandal. Moia, Volkswagenâ€™s 13th brand, will initially focus on ride-hailing and car-sharing and will roll out its services in Read More..
German carmakers BMW, Daimler, Audi and Porsche together with Ford MotorÂ agreed to cooperate on a fast-charging network for battery-electric vehicles along the continent’s major highways. The venture, which is open to other automakers, will build about 400 ultra-fast charging stations, beginning in 2017. The stations will use the combined charging system (CCS) standard, which offers Read More..
Thilo Koslowski, the CEO of the newly formed Porsche Digital GmbH, recently talked to automotiveIT about Silicon Valley, Germany’s digital infrastructure and Porsche’s new digital technologies. Â _Mr. Koslowski, specific assets have shaped Porsche’s DNA for a long time: air cooling, rear-wheel drive and the number 911. What new gadgets can now stand up to the Read More..
Audi looked to Volvo Cars for a senior development executive for the second time this year, announcing Thursday that Peter Mertens will become its next head of research and development. Mertens is Volvo’s senior vice president R&D. He succeeds Stefan Knirsch, who left AudiÂ in September amid continuing investigations intoÂ Volkswagen Group’s cheating on emission tests. In Read More..
Volkswagen Group announced plansÂ to strengthen its focus on new mobility, while at the same time reducing the work force at its core VW brand by 30,000. The moves are necessary to shore up declining profit margins and profitability at the core VW brand, which has been hurt by high costs and the negative effects of Read More..