Volkswagen today confirmed yesterday’s story, broken by Spiegel Magazine, that Volkswagen development chief Ulrich Hackenberg is taking the reins of Audi’s R&D. The ostensibly lateral move includes a promotion: Hackenberg also becomes chief R&D coordinator of the Volkswagen Group.
Hackenberg replaces luckless Wolfgang Dürheimer. He will move to another, unspecified, “ function within the Group,” and will “remain General Representative of the Volkswagen Group responsible for motorsport.” I guess he’s working on his resume.
Hackenberg’s job at Volkswagen will be taken over by Heinz-Jakob Neusser , a consummate engine man.
Hackenberg will not be capo di tutti capi in the Volkswagen Group though. That job is reserved for Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, who is not only chief, but also the chief engineer.