Audi appoints Volvo's R&D chief

Mertens to push forward technical advances

Audi has appointed Volvo’s R&D chief as the OEM strives to remain competitive in the premium segment.

Previously, senior vice-president of R&D at Volvo, Peter Mertens will take up the position of board of management member for technical development at the firm.

Chairman of the board of management at Audi, Rupert Stadler, said: “Mertens has exceptionally broad technical expertise and an international background in the automotive industry. These are ideal qualifications for him to make further progress with the Technical Development division at Audi.”

Mertens joined Volvo in 2011, and has overseen the revival of the marque with the installing of its scalable platform that the flagship XC90 was developed on.

Volvo is to announce Mertens successor at a later stage but, responding to his departure, said: “Peter Mertens has done a great job at Volvo Cars over the past five years and he has made a tremendous contribution to the company’s transformation. Volvo Cars respects Peter Mertens’ decision and wishes him all the best going forward.

Joining Audi, Mertens will assume the role that has been left vacant since the departure of its former incumbent, Stefan Knirsch, in September as the fallout from the diesel gate scandal continues.

Mertens said: "My time at Volvo have been one of the most creative and inspiring of my career. The opportunity to help transform this famous Swedish brand into a genuine player in the global premium car market has been extremely rewarding.”

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