Volvo R&D vice president, moves to Audi

Audi Volvo has to replace appointed senior vice president of R&D, Peter Mertens, to his former head of research and development (R&D), Stefan Knirsch.

Crunch came in September after a request in his involvement in the Volkswagen emissions scandal led to his suspension. He had his role at the top of the Audi R&D Department for only nine months.

Read more about the Volkswagen emissions scandal here

Mertens had previously been at Volvo since 2011, after moving from Jaguar Land Rover, where he served as head of corporate quality, as well as with a seat on the Board. German-born Mertens lead Volvo’s current four-cylinder strategy, he can also be the driving force behind Audi’s low-and zero-emission cars in the future

Sources suggest that the Audi was justification for an appointment outside of the Volkswagen group, to ensure that grinding was a replacement untouched by the diesel-gate emissions scandal.

Read about Mertens’ plans for more Volvo hybrids here

Audi boss Rupert Stadler said: ‚ÄúPeter Mertens has an exceptionally broad technical and international experience in the automotive industry. These are ideal conditions for him to further progress with the development of the engineering Department at Audi.”

Mertens’ new official job title is a member of the Board of management for technical development. He has also previously worked for Mercedes-Benz and General Motors.