Digital Leaders – Page 20

  • vw.automotiveIT

    At VW, Eichhorn becomes head of R&D


    Eichhorn, current a director at Germany's VDA, returns to VW as head of R&D (Photo: VDA) Volkswagen turned to a company veteran, Ulrich Eichhorn, to head its group research & development operations, as the German carmaker continues to revamp its management ranks. Eichhorn, a managing director at the German ...


    Ford turns to Pivotal for software development


    Ford and Pivotal developers work together at Pivotal Labs (Photo: Ford) Ford Motor has engaged Pivotal to develop new software, marking the second time this year that a major automaker is contracting with the California specialist. In September, Daimler announced that it had quickly developed its Mercedes me application ...

  • china.automotiveIT

    Chinese market expands lead


    China's share of the global car market has soared in recent years (Photo: Wikimedia) China looks set to solidify its position as the world's biggest car market, as vehicle demand in second- and third-tier megacities offsets the negative impact of growing political and economic risk. According to Germany's Center ...

  • kienbaum.automotiveIT

    Kienbaum consultant: Automotive culture change is key


    Dirk Seiferth (Photo: Kienbaum) Non-traditional players are increasingly moving into the automotive space and, to counter this competitive threat, carmakers will, to some extent, have to become more like IT companies. Dirk Seiferth, partner at Kienbaum Management Consultants talks to automotiveIT about data labs, time-to-market and the impact of ...

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    Automotive Cyber Security Summit - Shanghai


    (Illustration: Eugene Sergeev) The China Automotive Cyber Security Summit 2016 will take place January 21 - 22 in Shanghai amid growing concerns that connected cars and connected car plants will increasingly be the objects of digital attacks. The conference, which brings together automakers, suppliers, various connected-services providers and security ...

  • daimler.automotiveIT

    Daimler appoints new head of integrity and legal affairs


    Renata Jungo Bruengger (Photo: Daimler) Daimler has appointed Renata Jungo Bruengger as board member for integrity and legal affairs, succeeding Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, who is joining the Volkswagen Group. Jungo Bruengger, 54, is an expert in international commercial law with 25 years of legal experience at various companies. She has ...

  • bmw.automotiveIT

    Achenbach is new CIO at BMW Brilliance


    Thorsten Achenbach (Photo: BMW) Thorsten Achenbach ist the new CIO at BMW's Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive. The IT manager, who earlier served as vice president at consultants Capgemini, has been in his new position in China since September 1. Achenbach, who has an engineering degree, knows BMW ...

  • audi knirsch.automotiveIT

    Knirsch succeeds Hackenberg as Audi technology chief


    Knirsch is head of powertrain at Audi. He takes up his new position Jan 1 (Photo: Audi) Stefan Knirsch will succeed Ulrich Hackenberg as head of technical development at Audi effective January 1. The 49-year-old is currently head of powertrain of the Volkswagen Group's premium brand. He previously worked ...

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    Audi admits defeat devices present in bigger US engines


    Audi expects it will cost 10s of millions of euros to bring engines in line with US law (Photo: Audi) Audi admitted that so-called defeat devices are present in the US versions of its V6 TDI 3-liter diesel powertrains and promised to update software to bring the engines into ...

  • Gerhard Baum.automotiveIT

    At Schaeffler, a new manager focuses on digitization


    Gerhard Baum (Photo: Schaeffler) Following in the footsteps of several other automotive companies, Schaeffler has appointed a chief digital officer. Gerhard Baum, formerly the head of IBM's automotive business, assumed his new responsibilities at the German supplier in October. Baum's primary task will be to optimize, synchronize and merge ...

  • vw.automotiveIT

    VW recruits Apple exec to head digitization


    Johann Jungwirth (Photo: VW) Volkswagen has recruited Apple executive Johann Jungwirth to head its digitization efforts. He most recently headed Apple's Mac systems engineering operations in California and started in his new position at VW November 1. Jungwirth, 42, is in charge of a newly established "Digitalization Strategy" department ...

  • porsche.automotiveIT

    VW: No forbidden software in 3-liter V6 diesels


    The 2015 Porsche Cayenne diesel was cited by the EPA (Photo: Porsche) Volkswagen, in response to new allegations of illegal software deployment, denied that vehicles with V6 TDI engines sold in the US are equipped with programs that can detect emissions testing cycles and react to them. The US ...

  • nissan.automotiveIT

    Nissan tests semi-autonomous driving


    Nissan will test a range of autonomous technologies in coming years (Photo: Nissan) Nisssan has started testing its autonomous-driving technology on highways and urban roads in Japan. The carmaker wants to launch what it calls "Piloted Drive 1.0" by the end of 2016. The technology allows autonomous driving in ...

  • continental.automotiveIT

    Conti's Ariane Reinhart discusses IT staff shortages


    Ariane Reinhart (Photo: Continental) German industry is faced with a growing shortage of IT specialists. In answers to written questions, Continental’s HR chief Ariane Reinhart explains how the automotive supplier is refocusing its human resources department to deal with this challenge and how workers can be prepared for digital ...

  • sedran.vw.automotiveIT

    VW appoints company outsider as head of strategy


    Thomas Sedran previously held senior positions at GM (Photo: GM) Volkswagen has named Thomas Sedran as its new head of group strategy effective November 1. The appointment marks the second time in recent weeks that the embattled carmaker appoints someone from outside the group to assume key responsibilities. Sedran, ...

  • vw.automotiveIT

    Poll: Germans still like VW


    Germans don't feel the "Made in Germany" label has suffered long-term damage (Photo: VW) A large majority of Germans stands by Volkswagen, despite the carmaker's admission that it has purposely manipulated emissions tests with the help of software. According to a poll of 1,000 Germans by consultants Prophet, 65 ...

  • hohmann-dennhardt.automotiveIT

    Daimler's integrity boss moves to Volkswagen


    Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt takes up here new job at VW January 1 (Photo: Daimler) Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt says that, over the last four years, she has spent a considerable amount of effort creating a proper understanding of compliance among Daimler's workforce. "That's why we have highlighted the term integrity," she said ...

  • Volvo.automotiveIT

    At Volvo, a full EV by 2019


    Volvo will build plug-in hybrid versions of all its models (Photo: Volvo Cars) Volvo Cars, responding to growing anti-diesel sentiment, said it will build a full electric car that will be on sale by 2019. The Swedish car brand also said it expects that, in two years, one of ...

  • VW.automotiveIT

    Poll: "Dieselgate" erodes confidence in entire German car industry


    VW's standing in a public-confidence index declined sharply (Photo: VW) Volkswagen's manipulation of diesel emission tests has eroded confidence in the entire German auto industry, according to a new poll. Germany's Association of Communication Consultancies (GPRA) said the car industry has fallen from first place in its ranking of ...

  • vw.automotiveIT

    VW brand to cut investment, change diesel strategy


    The Phaeton will continue to be the VW brand's flagship model (Photo: VW) Volkswagen brand will make big cuts in investments and change its diesel strategy, following revelations that it has for years tweaked engine software to show better diesel emissions during official tests. The German passenger car brand ...