Volkswagen is currently experiencing difficulties, particularly in its Cariad software division, where thousands of jobs are slated to be cut. This not only affects employees but also delays the release of highly anticipated electric vehicles like the Porsche Macan and Audi Q6 E-tron.
The Porsche Macan EV and Audi Q6 E-tron are part of Volkswagen Group’s new modular EV platform PPE (Premium Platform Electric), with software provided by the troubled Cariad subsidiary founded in 2019. Missed deadlines and budget overruns have plagued the division for some time, leading to Volkswagen’s latest decision.
According to electrek.co, Volkswagen management has approved a restructuring plan resulting in the loss of 2,000 jobs over the next two years. Consequently, the production of the Porsche Macan EV and Audi Q6 E-tron will be delayed by 16 to 18 weeks, as these vehicles rely on the software developed by Cariad.
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Volkswagen Prioritizes Reliability
This is not the first time the Porsche Macan EV launch has been delayed due to software readiness, and the same goes for the Audi Q6 E-tron. Volkswagen is prioritizing reliability to avoid issues faced by owners of early Volkswagen ID.3 models, plagued with software problems. Additionally, the promising SSP platform (Scalable Systems Platform), which will replace the current MEB platform used in vehicles like the Skoda Enyaq and Audi Q4 E-tron, will also face delays.
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Hope in Difficult Times
There is a glimmer of hope for employees whose jobs are at risk, as the restructuring plan requires approval from the unions. However, for colleagues in Volkswagen’s production line factories, this offers no immediate solution.