BERLIN -- Volkswagen Group plans to cut 2,000 jobs at its software unit Cariad as part of a restructuring plan that will see new software architectures delayed even further, a German business publication said.
The job cuts would take place from 2024 until the end of 2025, manager magazin reported, citing leading managers of the group.
The new 1.2 software architecture that is due to be used in the upcoming Audi Q6 E-tron and the Porsche Macan all-electric models will be delayed by 16-18 weeks, the report said, while the next level 2.0 architecture originally planned for 2025 is being completely redeveloped.
The Q6 E-tron is now expected to arrive in March instead of by the end of this year, Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche reported.
The Q6 E-tron is the first model on the newly developed PPE architecture that has an 800-volt system and faster charging times. It's a key pillar of Audi's product offensive to compete with electric offerings from Tesla and German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz.