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Volkswagen: CEO announces he wants to “go get Tesla”

The boss of Volkswagen, Herbert Diess, recently intervened in front of his executive circle. A point that is obviously timely, especially to reassure about the possible rumors of job cuts hovering over the group. But above all, it is above all an opportunity to recall that the competition coming from Tesla must be taken seriously.

Redouble our efforts against Tesla

During an internal conference in Alpbach in Austria, the CEO of the VW group, indicated that it was necessary to redouble efforts in the face of the competition, directly quoting the rival n ° 1 on the electric: Tesla. Wolfsburg headquarters says the group must also “ become more efficient, faster “In the process of transformation towards electric.

« I know some of you hate this“Said Mr. Diess during the meeting with some 200 executives, as well as other superiors from China, present by videoconference. ” With Tesla, the gap is widening. They are getting faster and faster. They are delivering. They are improving in building cars. It is the only brand that is developing despite the Covid. They have a fully networked fleet around the world. We have to embrace this competition. »

The tone is set at Volkswagen.

No question of cutting jobs

On several occasions, it was reportedly repeated that this would initially have no direct consequences for employment. ” When I think of Wolfsburg, I don’t think of job cuts“, Underlined Mr. Diess Thursday. ” This is not what it is about. For me, it’s about how we work together. We need a new way of thinking. It’s not just about the brand, but also about the group. It’s about Wolfsburg

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On Wednesday, speculation about a possible impending cut of tens of thousands of jobs at Europe’s largest automaker had caused a stir. In response, the group’s management made it clear that there was no question of making further concrete reductions. However, the tight cost situation and capacity utilization at some sites needed to be fully discussed. In other words, nothing is less certain …

And the current long periods of inactivity due to flea supply crisis, the group profit targets, as well as growing rivalry with Tesla also play a role.

For its part, the American competitor plans to soon produce the first electric cars on European soil. Ironically in his factory near Berlin. A Tesla Factory which has just been finished but which still has to face administrative delays from the German Land to officially start its activity.

But wouldn’t we see this as a nice snub to one of the largest automotive groups in the world from Tesla?

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