Audi’s Ulrich Hackenberg Steps Down in Wake of Diesel Scandal

Ulrich Hackenberg With VW And Audi

Dr Ulrich Hackenberg will step down from his role as Audi board member responsible for Technical Development, in the wake of the revelation that Audi 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines were implicated in Volkswagen’s wide-ranging diesel scandal. Hackenberg had worked at Audi for 30 years, joining the company in 1985. Audi said that Hackenberg had “reached a mutual agreement” with the Audi supervisory board. In a statement, Audi chairman Rupert Stadler praised Hackenberg’s contributions to the company. “In the 30 years that he was active in the Volkswagen Group, Ulrich Hackenberg was involved in crucial strategies and model decisions,” Stadler said. “Numerous car models from Audi, Volkswagen and Bentley were significantly affected by his commitment and expertise.”

Stefan Knirsch In Audi

Dr Stefan Knirsch

Hackenberg’s replacement is Dr Stefan Knirsch, who will become Audi board member for Technical Development on January 1, 2016. He joined Audi as an engine engineer in 1990. In May 2013, he became head of powertrain at Audi. Audi also announced today that Matthais Müller will become the brand’s supervisory board chairman. He became chairman of Volkswagen AG on September 25, when CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned after Volkswagen’s diesel cheating scandal came to light. Müller was chairman for the board of management for Porsche AG from 2010 through September 2015.

Porsche Chairman Matthais Muller With Panamera

Matthais Müller