1,525,300 cars were sold worldwide by the Volkswagen brand from January to March 2018. That means: 57 percent of all models sold by the Volkswagen Groupbore the Volkswagen logo.
"An Overwhelming Feeling"
inside speaks to Vijay Kamath, Head of Legal & GRC at Volkswagen India, who has been named one of the best corporate counselors by the country's national corporate counsel association.
How proud are you of this accolade?
This award was presented to me by the Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA), and the feeling really is overwhelming. I feel honored to be a part of Volkswagen. Winning this award has given me and my team the motivation to achieve even greater success.
How much has Volkswagen helped you to win this award?
When I first started at Volkswagen India in 2008, the site had only just been built. I really enjoy my work and I have spent the best years of my career here. Volkswagen has always considered my department to be important.
How proud are you to head up such a successful team?
I am incredibly proud to lead this talented team. The fact that we are winning further awards just serves to demonstrate that my team takes a truly professional approach to work. And let's not forget the importance of having a management team that is constantly striving to impart its knowledge with others.
New Division HUX
Volkswagen is steadily preparing itself to become the most customer-orientated mobility provider. That's why the brand is establishing the new Holistic User Experience (HUX) division, under the management of Matthias Erb. In his new role, Erb will report directly to the CEO of the Volkswagen brand, Herbert Diess.
The number of contact points between Volkswagen and its customers will continue to rise in the next few years. These "touch points" occur inside the car, around the car and online using apps and websites. In future, Volkswagen will offer customers a holistic user experience that will be one of the best and most exciting on the market when it comes to interacting with and around the vehicle.
The HUX division will manage the interplay of technical development, design, series and sales to ensure the smooth integration of the vehicle into the digital world, among other things. The guiding principle will be the intuitive operability (usability) and the integration of a continuously expanding range of functions, such as infotainment, and digital added value and mobility services. One of the core activities of the division will be to create a distinctive, uniform brand appearance at all "touch points", while the digital ecosystem connecting the brand to its customers continues to grow.
Initially, the Holistic User Experience team will focus on the I.D. series, the new generation of electric cars based on the modular electric drive toolkit (MEB). The scope of its activities will be gradually expanded to the entire model portfolio.
Matthias Erb, who has a doctorate in engineering, was appointed Chief Engineering Officer for the Volkswagen Group of America in April 2016. Since then, he has been responsible for all development activities as well as production strategy in the North American region. From 2014, he was previously responsible for the development of the North American Engineering & Planning Center of the Volkswagen brand in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since starting at the company in 2003, he has also held various management positions at Audi as well as Audi of America. From 2008, he was the office manager for the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG in Salzburg.
New Models for Emden
The employees of the North Sea plant presented more than 30 projects to the executive board and works council during the site symposium. The focus was on increasing productivity and the highest quality standards in order to produce additional models in the future.
With the Arteon shooting brake, a coupe with a hatchback and even more usable space, Emden is getting another model. In addition, the entire Passat family will be bundled on the North Sea coast. What is certain is that production of the Arteon for the US market will begin this year. Head of Production Andreas Tostmann says, “The new models will result in optimum utilization of the site. Combined with increased productivity and quality, this will ensure Volkswagen Emden’s competitiveness, completely in the spirit of the Pact for the Future.”
More Stories of the plant symposium in Emden, Wolfsburg, Zwickau, Braunschweig and Salzgitter read here.
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