AutoCarUK is reporting via some German outlets that Audi’s chief engineer, Wolfgang Durheimer, was recently axed from his position at the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer. Taking his place is Volkswagen’s head of development Ulrich Hackenberg.
Official reasons for Durheimer’s apparent departure were withheld, though the said reports speculated that Durheimer expressed reluctance towards all-electric powertrains, resulting in his relief of duty. A recent instance, which may support this speculation was Audi’s recent decision to axe the R8 e-tron all-electric supercar—a move made by Durheimer himself.
He’s most notably known for spearheading the Porsche Cayenne, the brand’s first ever SUV crossover, leading it to a commercial success. Afterwards, he was given the reins to Bentley and Bugatti, where he also aided in the production of the Veyron.
– By: Chris Chin