MUNICH — The auto industry’s commitment to change was clearly on display at this year’s Handelsblatt Automotive Summit, where the CEOs of the five Germany-based car companiesÂ laid out their strategies for the near and medium-term. The CEOs of Volkswagen Group, Daimler, BMW, Opel and Ford of Europe didn’t make any big news at the annual Read More..
PARIS — Major carmakers are founding new mobility brands as theyÂ look for ways to complement and even replace traditional revenue from new car sales. At the Paris auto show last week, volume car makers Volkswagen Group and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, and premium car groupÂ Daimler each announced Â new brands and business units that would handle a growing range Read More..
Three German automakers have joined forces with telecommunications and IT companies to accelerate the commercial availability of 5G mobile connectivity. The automakers – Audi, BMW and Daimler – have formed the “5G Automotive Association” together withÂ Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm. The group’s aim is to test and promote 5G and agree on standards for Read More..
Audi’s head of R&D, Stefan Knirsch, is stepping down from his post with immediate effect, as investigations into Volkswagen’s emissions-test cheating continue. The engineer, who took over from Ulrich Hackenberg at Audi in January, is leaving the company, Audi said. Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported earlier this month that Knirsch was suspended amid investigations Read More..
Volkswagen, which has ambitious plans to boost its sales of electric vehicles worldwide, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. (JAC) to jointly develop battery-powered EVsÂ in China. The two carmakers said in a statement that they hope to jointly conduct research and development, manufacture and sellÂ EVs and market mobility services. “Together, Read More..
Volvo Cars executive Thomas Mueller will succeed Ricky Hudi as head of electrics/electronics at Audi, marking a change in a key position at Volkswagen Group’s premium brand. Hudi is leaving Audi at his own request to start a technology and consulting firm. He will provide consulting for the Here digital mapping company that was acquired Read More..
Google is the preferred employer for graduates of European universities’ engineering and IT departments as well as its business schools, according to a new survey. Apple comes second in the rankings for business school graduates and Volkswagen Group, which was in second place last year, is now in third position. For engineering and IT graduates, Read More..
Handelsblatt will host its Automotive Summit 2016 from November 8 through 11 at the BMW World event and exhibition center in Munich. The conference, which opens with a November 8 evening discussion of the role of Silicon Valley in the auto industry, traditionally features addresses from several of Germany’ car-industry CEOs. This year’s event, whose Read More..
The automotiveIT Group is hosting its annual carIT Congress on Sept. 28 at the Hanover Fairgrounds. The event, which brings together key decision-makers in the automotive and IT industries, focuses on the business opportunities and challenges in the fast-growing connected-car market. The one-day conference features top speakers from automotive companies and other stakeholders. Among them Read More..
Skoda’s former CIO, Andre Wehner, has taken over as chief digital officer at the Czech carmaking subsidiary of Volkswagen Group. Wehner assumed his new duties July 1 and is responsible for corporate strategy, digitization, process and organization management. Ralf Brunken, previously in charge of IT system development at Volkswagen, has taken over as CIO at Read More..