"given the strong changes in our industry - said Herbert Diess, ceo of Volkswagen AG and chairman of the supervisory board of Audi AG - we are trying to put together our strengths going in order to be competitive for the future. In the future, the brand Audi driven by Markus Duesmann will take the lead of research and development in the VW group, then winning quickly the technical leadership".
In reference to the start of the new electrical platform (EPP), Ingolstadt was to become the organizational focus of the new group units, the in-Car software. The company of recent constitution centralises the activities of software development in various locations of the VW group. The goal is to increase the share of internal software development to drive to at least 60% by 2025.
In the context of the re-assignment of powers and responsibilities, VW AG is planning an operation - according to the German law on the Spa - that would raise its stake in Volkswagen from the current 99,64% to 100%. This operation should be completed with a resolution to the annual general meeting of Audi AG this year, which should take place in July or August.
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