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New Volkswagen North America Chief Out After Just 3 Weeks

Move creates further turmoil amid diesel crisis.

by on Oct.14, 2015

Winfried Vahland lasted barely three weeks as head of new VW North America Region.

Less than three weeks after being appointed head of the troubled maker’s North American operations, Winfried Vahland is leaving the company.

The creation of a new North American umbrella unit, and the appointment of the former head of the Skoda brand was supposed to help bring stability at a time VW’s very existence is being threatened by a global diesel emissions cheating scandal.

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The reason for Vahland’s sudden departure was described as the result of “differing views” with top corporate management back in Wolfsburg, Germany. In a statement, VW asserted that his departure was “expressly not related” to the scandal triggered last month by word the maker had created secret software code designed to help it pass tough diesel emissions tests.


VW Signs Contracts for another Chinese Plant

Another 300,000 vehicles annually from Eastern China.

by on Jul.16, 2010

The biggest maker in China plans to get bigger.

The Volkswagen Group will build a new vehicle production plant in Jiangsu Province, China. The contracts were signed today by Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, and Dr. Winfried Vahland, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, together with representatives of Shanghai Volkswagen.

The plant in Yizheng, Eastern China, will start operating in 2013 and has a maximum annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles.

VW is already the largest maker in China, and it will double production capacity there to 3 million vehicles by the end of 2014.

“China is one of the most important automotive markets of the future and a dynamic growth driver for the Volkswagen Group”, Heizmann said at the signing ceremony. “Together with our Chinese partners we plan to double our production capacity to three million vehicles by 2013/14.”


“With more than 950,000 vehicles delivered in the first half of 2010, Volkswagen Group China has exceeded deliveries in the record year of 2009 by 45.7 percent”, Vahland added. “This strong performance further confirms the success of our young and efficient model range. The new plant in Yizheng makes sure we will be able to meet growing demand from our Chinese customers in future, too.”