Audi has replaced Wolfgang Dürheimer as technical development head with Volkwagen development head Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. Dürheimer was reportedly sacked due to disagreements with VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn in the areas of electric powered mobility.
Dürheimer was assigned as Audi technical development head in September 2012 after a major management shakeup within VW Group. He was formerly technical development head at Bentley, Bugatti and Porsche brands. He was instrumental in getting the Cayenne into production, a move seen as a positive business decision for Porsche. He also spearheaded Bentley’s moves to release an SUV.
Hackenberg will also assume responsibility for development coordination of the VW Group. Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer current group powertrain development head, will take Hackenberg’s former post as development head for the Volkswagen brand, while retaining his present function.
Dürheimer will remain as General Representative of VW Group responsible for motorsport, as the company decides his next assignment.