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Scott Keogh will become President and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, as well as CEO for the North American region of the Volkswagen brand. Keogh joined Audi of America as Chief Marketing Officer in 2006, and become President of Audi of America in 2012.
For the Fuel Cell of the Future
Volkswagen and Stanford University have developed a new catalytic converter technology. The innovation primarily involves platinum, a precious metal which is needed as a catalyst for operating the fuel cell. In the new process, platinum atoms are placed on a carbon surface to generate extremely thin particles. This method reduces the amount of expensive platinum used to a fraction of the amount currently needed. It also increases the catalytic converter’s efficiency threefold and lengthens its lifespan. With this new catalytic technology, the fuel cell would become a real alternative to electric battery drive systems and combustion engines. The researchers’ task is now to translate the results obtained in the laboratory to large-scale industrial production.
Super-Team – 100,000th Atlas
Employees at the US plant in Chattanooga are celebrating a very special milestone. In early October, the 100,000th Atlas rolled off the production line at the plant.The anniversary SUV in Pacific Blue has a 3.6-liter VR6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. “Our objective for the Atlas was to build an SUV in America for America. The success of the Atlas shows America’s approval,” says Plant Manager Antonio Pinto. He remarked that the first milestone of the 100,000th Atlas model would be followed by further records. He gave a special thanks to the team, saying, “None of this would have been possible without the world-class team here in Chattanooga.” Production began in Chattanooga in April 2011. Around 3,500 employees are building the Passat and the Atlas there today.
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Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler will become Head of Technical Development at Audi AG on November 1, 2018. The Head of Quality Management at the Volkswagen Group will take over the role from Peter Mertens. Mertens had requested that the Audi supervisory board release him from his duties for health reasons. Rothenpieler has a degree in mechanical engineering and has worked for the Volkswagen Group since 1986. In 2007, he took over responsibility for quality assurance for the Volkswagen brand, and has been Head of Development for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles since 2014. Rothenpieler has been in charge of quality management at the Volkswagen Group since 2016.
Super Safe – The Touareg
Five stars for the Touareg¹: the crash test experts from Euro NCAP have awarded the luxury SUV top marks. It's the highest possible rating. The Touareg is a safe choice. The SUV’s safety package passed the sophisticated test of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) by the Brussels-based consumer protection organization with flying colors. This includes the seatbelt, seat and airbag system and the innovative assistance systems. The Touareg got top marks in four categories: passenger safety for adults, passenger safety for children, assistance systems and pedestrian safety. This makes the Touareg one of the safest cars in Europe.
¹Touareg V6 TDI 4MOTION, 210 kW / Fuel consumption in l/100 km: combined 6,6; CO₂-Emission in g/km: 173 (combined), efficiency class: B.
"Think Digital" at IZB in Allerpark
Even years are IZB years: the tenth International Suppliers Fair (IZB) organized by Wolfsburg AG will be taking place from October 16 to 18, 2018, in Wolfsburg’s Allerpark, and this year’s focus is "Think Digital." The exhibition space has been fully booked and the majority of the companies attending are involved in the field of electrics or electronics, making them more than familiar with one of the main topics of this year’s IZB. The IZB Conference has been kicking off the international industry get-together on the day before the official opening of the trade fair since 2008.
On Monday, October 15, speakers including Marco Philippi, Head of Strategy & Procurement at Volkswagen AG, will be discussing trends within the automotive sector as part of a specialist event on the "Digital Car Revolution." The key focal points of the event are set to include e-mobility, digitalization and fully autonomous driving.
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