It wasn’t long after Herbert Diess was named new Volkswagen brand chairman in December, that he toured the company’s main plant in Wolfsburg.
The former BMW manager walked down production lines and examined the latest equipment where VW workers produce Golfs, Tiguans and Tourans. The plant is equipped with many expensive robots to facilitate the work of employees.
Later, Mr. Diess was reported to have asked why, with so many robots doing the work, were there not fewer people required. Or, put another way: Why hasn’t the best technology resulted in lower production costs?
Mr. Diess officially started work on Wednesday at Volkswagen and one of his biggest tasks is to curb escalating costs for the core brand of Germany’s largest corporate group and the world’s second-largest carmaker after Toyota.