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Ex-skoda man and the volkswagen group’s former head of quality, hans-joachim rothenpieler, is the latest in the audi hot seat. Photo: audi media

Falling stage props, electrocution, drowning in someone else’s vomit and even spontaneous combustion, killed spinal tap’s drummers. Audi’s technical development directors have been sent packing by the volkswagen group’s CEO, by dirty dieselgate deeds and now by ill health.

For a brand that bases its entire image around its technical and engineering prowess, audi seems almost inconceivably reckless with its most senior engineering position.

So much so that it’s taking no chances this time around. Yes, it filled the vacant technical director’s position with an engineer, but it’s also parachuting an even more senior engineer in above him as audi chairman.


That’s because herbert diess, the CEO of audi’s parent company, volkswagen, worked with markus duesmann when the former was BMW’s development director and the latter was his powertrain boss. He liked what he saw so much that he’s shoring up audi’s technical reputation by putting him in the big chair as soon as his non-compete clause expires (september 2019).

To look at audi’s technical turmoil in perspective, it has chewed up and spat out five technical development directors since the current A3 launched in 2012 and it has moved on to its sixth in rothenpieler.

He has previously headed vehicle development for skoda and sat in the technical development chair at bentley and volkswagen commercial vehicles. He has headed volkswagen group quality management since 2016.

Dick’s successor wolfgang durheimer lasted only nine months in the job. He went on to CEO roles at bentley and bugatti, as well as heading up the volkswagen group’s motorsport operations. Photo by chesnot/getty images

Dürheimer lasted only nine months, with then-audi chairman (and now augsburg prison occupant) rupert stadler declaring he could not manage the complexity of a company the size of audi.

Hackenberg, considered one of the greatest chassis and production engineers of all time, had a storied history at audi. He ushered in the first A2, A3, A4, A6, A8 and TT models as its head of technical project management before heading to the wolfsburg with his former audi boss, dr martin winterkorn.

While in wolfsburg, he conceived and developed the famed MQB modular-transverse matrix that underpins everything from the small polo and golf to the large atlas/teramont seven-seat SUV and even the current A3. He also pushed through the MEB system beneath larger machines like the touareg, the audi Q7 and Q5, the porsche cayenne, the bentley bentayga and even the lamborghini urus.

But he returned cheerfully to his spiritual home at ingolstadt to be dr winterkorn’s chosen fixer, giving engineering the management muscle it lacked in a company whose chairman was an economist.

Peter mertens was the safest pair of hands the chair had seen in a while, but succumbed to ill health and resigned this week. Photo: audi media

Unfortunately for audi, health got the better of mertens late last month and he asked audi’s supervisory board to “release him from his duties.”

“over the past 16 months, we have initiated a comprehensive transformation at technical development and started the future orientation of the division,” mertens said.

“this requires a high level of concentration, which I cannot fully manage in my situation. During this time, my health and my family have priority.

“we deeply regret that peter mertens is stepping down from the board of management. We respect the reasons that led to his decision and wish him a full recovery,” diess sympathized.

“he has gained a great deal of experience in his numerous responsible positions at the group, which will help him to make a start quickly in his new position at audi. His task will be to continue the transformation of technical development and to further advance along the path towards electric mobility.”

That may well all be true, and the support of an engineering chairman may help him, but history isn’t kind to the man in the chair of audi’s most important job.