The challenges risk splitting apart the company once its powerful chairman, the 77-year-old Ferdinand Piech, is no longer there to unite the separate factions under his iron grip.
VW Group is not the only powerhouse looking at ways to make itself stronger. BMW Group CEO Norbert Reithofer says that the world’s largest premium automakers is re-thinking how to stay ahead of Audi and Mercedes-Benz as the sales battle between the three premium brands heats up.
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy is not worried about rival Nissan’s publicly stated goal of passing his company as Europe’s top-selling Asian brand. Leroy puts profit before volume and, after returning European operations to the black, he has earned more independence from Japan to make big decisions. Find out how.
For a look at the future of car retailing in big metropolitan areas, we visited the game-changing Audi City dealership in London.