Report: VW Group CEO steps down from Skoda board, Seat Car News

Reports suggest that Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess is considering stepping down as head of the Skoda and Seat supervisory boards.

According to Reuters, which cites a report from the German newspaper Handelsblatt, Diess will be stepping down to focus on improving the VW Group’s internal software development operations.

Handelsblatt reports that he will be succeeded at Skoda by chief technology officer Thomas Schmall, and at Seat by Murat Aksel, who heads the group’s sourcing activities.

There are reports that the bosses of Skoda and Seat fear that the move will mean that their respective brands will become less of a priority for the VW Group.

News of Diess’ change comes as Volkswagen prepares to introduce a new electric car platform that will underpin the majority of the group’s next-generation electric vehicles and broadly standardize the technical foundations of its various brands.

The far-reaching transformation is being led by Project Trinity: Volkswagen’s development program for the new Scalable Systems Platform (SSP), which will arrive in the middle of this decade with a strong focus on connectivity and universal applicability.


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