Audi plans to eliminate about 15 percent of its German workforce to lift earnings by 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) as the automaker pushes ahead with a restructuring plan to help adapt to the costly transition to electric cars.
Germany’s KBA motor vehicle authority has told Audi that it faces penalties for its failure to remove illegal software from diesel cars that can manipulate emissions levels, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported.
German prosecutors said on Wednesday they had filed charges against former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, who is being investigated for his role in Volkswagen Group’s diesel-emissions cheating scandal.
The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into whether German automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen Group colluded to avoid competition in developing clean emissions technology.
Volkswagen AG is preparing to name Bram Schot as interim leader of its Audi unit, according a person familiar with the matter, following the arrest of the luxury brand’s longtime chief Rupert Stadler over his role in VW’s diesel-emissions cheating.
Ester Ledecká enrolled with a sensational gain of two gold medals in two different disciplines in the history of winter sports. To her success, as well as a longtime member of the Audi Ski Team, Ondrej Bank, who worked with her in the Alpine disciplines, contributed as an assistant to one of Esther’s trainers.
German daily newspaper Bild reported that Stadler will be replaced in April because of his handling of Audi’s part in Volkswagen AG’s diesel-emissions scandal, with former Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland seen as his most likely successor.
Audi is taking deposits from potential customers for its new e-tron full-electric SUV in four European markets. The e-tron SUV is the first model in Audi’s electric car product offensive as the automaker seeks to restore its technology credentials badly dented by its involvement in parent Volkswagen Group’s diesel-rigging scandal.
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