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Report: Stephan Winkelmann to leave Audi Sport, will lead Bugatti

Report: Stephan Winkelmann to leave Audi Sport, will lead Bugatti image

Jose Altoveros / Autoindustriya.com | September 04, 2017 11:26

Winkelmann set to become new Bugatti president later this year

After leading Audi's performance division, Audi Sport, since March 2016, Stephan Winkelman will reportedly be leaving the company later this year. The former Lamborghini CEO will then become president of Bugatti by the end of 2017, according to a report by Autocar UK. 

Winkelman is set to replace current Bugatti president Wolfgang Dürheimer, and will be overseeing development and the introduction of new variants of their flagship Chiron hypercar. After relinquishing his post, Dürheimer will remain within the Volkswagen Group of Company as the Bentley chairman for the foreseable future.

Prior to joining Audi's performance division, Winkelman served as Lamborghini CEO from 2005 to 2016. Under his watch, Audi's performance division, which was called Audi Quattro GmbH at the time, was renamed and reogranized to Audi Sport. Apart from the name change, he also oversaw development of performance orient vehicles such as the Audi R8, RS5 and the RS3.

Replacing Winkelman at his current post will apparently be Audi China sales division president Michael-Julius Renz. Renz has been head of China's sales division since January 2015. Previously, he served as Audi's head of sales in Germany.

Autocar UK added that the Volkswagen Group management changes are set to made official at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor show.

Source: Autocar UK