VW sellers fear about ‘revolving door’ forward of Scott Keogh’s exit
Amongst VW’s U.S. sellers, a well-recognized feeling returned that had little to do with the personalities concerned.
“Right here we go once more. It is that very same revolving door feeling,” one longtime VW vendor informed Automotive Information on situation of anonymity. “I do not blame Keogh — [building Scout is] an awesome job, and Di Si looks like a pleasant sufficient man. The vendor physique’s concern is that we’ve got this revolving door, the place the brand new particular person is available in and takes a 12 months to evaluate what is going on on and get their footing, will get one other 12 months and a half to do something, after which will get despatched off to a different task. It has been like that for a very long time.”
After all, the changeover at VW of America is separate from the drama in Wolfsburg, Germany, the place embattled Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess agreed to depart Sept. 1 in a shock July 22 announcement, to get replaced by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. It is unclear whether or not that change will in the end alter the group’s large dedication to full electrification throughout its international lineup or whether or not it would delay it in sure markets.
One other longtime VW vendor in one other a part of the U.S. echoed the considerations and laid the fault, particularly for Diess’ departure, on the automaker’s German doorstep.
“It is the [Piech] household,” stated the second vendor, who requested anonymity for worry of reprisal. “They’re loyal to you so long as you might be loyal to them, however the minute you do not do what they are saying otherwise you push again, you are gone.”