SOURCE: Volkswagen Group of America

Volkswagen Group of America

July 30, 2014 11:00 ET

Volkswagen Group of America Announces Speakers at 2014 Center for Automotive Research - Management Briefing Seminar

The Premier Automotive Conference Will Take Place Aug. 4-7 in Traverse City, Mich.

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Jul 30, 2014) - Hubertus Lemke, Head of Technical Project Management in Volkswagen's Research & Development Division, Volkswagen AG, will join automotive industry leaders to kick off the 2014 Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) at its keynote session on Monday, Aug. 4. The premier automotive conference is taking place Aug. 4-7 in Traverse City, Mich.

Moderated by event chair Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research, the keynote session, "Mapping the Pathway to World-Class Manufacturing," will focus on the power and influence of the automotive manufacturing industry.

The session will showcase new product and process technologies, and feature discussions on manufacturing excellence as well as advanced vehicle technologies that support fuel economy, safety and performance. Dr. Lemke will be speaking to Volkswagen's Modular Transverse Kit and its rollout with the new GTI and Golf in the United States.

Below is a full list of the Volkswagen Group's -panelists for the 2014 CAR Management Briefing Seminars.

  • "Mapping the Pathway to World-Class Manufacturing"
    Monday, August 4, 2014, 8AM-Noon
    • Hubertus Lemke, Head of Technical Project Management in Volkswagen's Research & Development Division, Volkswagen AG
    • Topic: MQB - Volkswagen's Modular Transverse Kit on the rollout with the new GTI and Golf in the U.S.

  • "Connected and Automated Vehicles: Driving Forward Fast"
    Monday, August 4, 2014, 1-4:30PM
    • Joerg Schlinkheider, Head of Driver Assistance Systems, Electronics Research Laboratory, Audi of America, Inc.

  • "Advanced Powertrain Forum" 
    Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 8AM-Noon
    • Oliver Schmidt, General Manager, Engineering and Environmental Office, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
    • Topic: Volkswagen Group of America Launches Holistic Approach to Sustainable Mobility - the Carbon-Neutral Car

  • "Designing for Technology and the Customer"
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 1:15-4:30PM
    • Chuhee Lee, General Manager, Engineering and Operations, Electronic Research Lab, Volkswagen Group of America
    • Topic: Volkswagen Group of America: Redefining the Connected Vehicle Experience 

More than 900 automotive industry stakeholders are expected to attend the conference this year. Seminar topics include a breadth of industry issues, including global manufacturing strategies, lightweighting, connected and autonomous vehicles, powertrain developments, sales forecasting, purchasing, talent, designing for technology, and global supply chain.

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About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va., Volkswagen Group of America brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 992-strong dealer network.

About the Center for Automotive Research
The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its mission is to conduct research on significant issues related to the future direction of the global automotive industry, organize and conduct forums of value to the automotive community and foster industry relationships. For more information, visit the CAR website:

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