According to a report by German newspaper Handelsblatt, Audi’s former head of technical development, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will leave Volkswagen Group after refusing his old job as Bentley CEO.
The German engineer was tasked with boosting Audi technology to give the brand an edge over rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but was replaced after failing to make his mark at the brand. Duerheimer has been without a fixed role at the group after being removed as Audi’s development chief in June, after just nine months in the role.
Also, Der Spiegel magazine reported in June that Duerheimer was forced to leave after pushing for cost savings and causing friction among Audi’s development team. Duerheimer started his career with BMW in 1984 and joined Porsche in 1999. He was Porsche’s r&d chief for 10 years until 2011. While he led Porsche’s development, the carmaker launched the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan.