Schaefer gave two examples of latest methods by which manufacturers are working collectively.
1. Skoda is main growth for the brand new generations of the VW Passat and Very good midsized automobiles. The brand new Passat and Very good shall be constructed at VW Group’s manufacturing facility in Bratislava, Slovakia, beginning subsequent yr.
2. Seat and Cupra are liable for growth of VW Group’s new household of small battery-electric automobiles for the VW, Skoda and Seat manufacturers. They are going to be in-built Spain.
Additional initiatives of this type are deliberate. “We’ve got already seen that one thing like this works,” Schaefer mentioned. “It really works with the correct individuals and the correct buildings.”
He mentioned there may be nonetheless huge potential for synergies. “The manufacturers are all nonetheless very unbiased in the present day, which isn’t unhealthy in precept,” he mentioned, “however we would like extra cooperation and are within the technique of collectively establishing the rules for this.”
Amongst different issues, this consists of frequent targets for the manufacturers within the quantity group.
“Sooner or later, we’ll outline targets for the complete model group and not targets for the person manufacturers,” Schaefer mentioned.
Because the first quarter, due to this fact, higher emphasis has already been positioned on the important thing monetary indicators of the model teams.
Apart from being liable for VW Group’s quantity manufacturers on the automaker’s administration board, Schaefer will even turn out to be head of the VW passenger automobiles model on July 1, transferring to VW Group’s largest division by automobile gross sales from Skoda. On the VW model, he succeeds Ralf Brandstaetter, who turns into the brand new head of VW’s China operations on Aug. 1.