Ferdinand Piëch, an icon of the German automobile industry, died at the age of 82, according to the picture. As a grandson of Ferdinand Porsche he was definitely ready to follow in the footsteps of the family, but still it is difficult to argue about his achievements.
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In 1966, Piëch was promoted to Head of the Porsche Test Department, a position he held until 1971. In those years, the company released a number of the world's best racing cars, culminating in the Porsche 917, which outclassed CanAm racing in the early 1970s in terms of endurance and performance.
A change in corporate policy, however, meant that the members of the Porsche family were no longer active in the management and Piëch signed off from Audi. There, he served as technical director and led the introduction of four-wheel drive, which is still synonymous with the brand, and turbo diesel engines that do not. In 1993, Piëch became CEO of Volkswagen AG, the parent company that owned VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda. He added Lamborghini, Bentley, and Bugatti to the list in 1998, and his time as CEO at the helm was dominated by a number of vehicles with engineering ahead of profitability. Few will have driven an Audi A2 or VW Phaeton and less have put behind the wheel of a Bugatti Veyron or VW XL1. But each one was built to satisfy a particular piech requirement.
Although Piëch campaigned for these expensive cars, he was also actively supported after leaving the board of VAG in 2002. In retirement, he was still accused of pulling the strings. He was accused of ousting CEOs to VAG and Porsche and planning to buy the family business through VAG in 2012 after Porsche had excessive leverage in its own attempt to take over VAG first. He was no longer involved in day-to-day decision-making when the shortcomings of the diesel were fully uncovered, although at the time we wondered whether the fraud was due to the desire to impress the engineer of this engineer.
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