Volkswagen Group has sacked – well, he left "by mutual agreement," at any rate – its production chief, Michael Macht, marking the second executive dispatched by the automaker in the last week. Macht, pictured above, left, with VW Group Chairman Martin Winterkorn, was the man responsible for overseeing the introduction of VW's extremely important MQB platform, which will underpin a huge array of vehicles in the coming years.

However, the introduction has not gone to plan. One of the most important MQB cars, the new Golf, has faced delays at VW's Wolfsburg factory, according to Automotive News Europe. Those delays have led to some pricey overtime, which was apparently the straw that broke the camel's back for VW's supreme boss. According to ANE, sources inside the company said Winterkorn was "unhappy" with the MQB rollout.

Macht originally joined Porsche in 1990, and ran the sports car manufacturer up until 2010, when he was plucked from the position in favor of Matthias Mueller. Thomas Ulbrich, head of production for the VW brand, will take over for Macht on an interim basis.

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Group Board Member for Production, Dr. Michael Macht, leaves Volkswagen by mutual agreement

Dr. Michael Macht (53), Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft with responsibility for 'Group Production', is stepping down from his post on the Board of Management with effect from August 1, 2014 by mutual agreement with the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. Thomas Ulbrich, Board of Management Member for Production at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, will take over Dr. Macht's responsibilities on a temporary basis until a successor has been appointed.

"Michael Macht has taken the Volkswagen production system further forward. We would like to thank him for his achievements", Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, said. The Group's production network has expanded strongly under Macht's leadership, and the annual production volume has increased from 6.7 million to almost 10 million vehicles.

Macht said: "The Volkswagen Group and its employees are unique and I am deeply grateful to have been part of this company. I am convinced the Group will continue its successful and sustainable growth of recent years."

Michael Macht holds a degree in mechanical engineering and joined Porsche AG in 1990. He was appointed Managing Director of Porsche Consulting in 1994 and became the member of the Board of Management of Porsche AG in charge of Production and Logistics in 1998. He was Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG and a member of the Board of Management of Porsche SE from 2009 to 2010, and was instrumental in laying the foundations for the successful integration of Porsche AG in the Volkswagen Group. He was appointed Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group with responsibility for 'Group Production' in 2010.


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      Finn
      • 7 Months Ago
      So it's all his fault.... sure it is. One has to wonder just what the screw-up is, and what the exec's knew about it ahead of time...and whether they listened to what they were told.
      knightrider_6
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is a perfect time to cut R&D spending http://www.autoblog.com/2014/07/24/vws-winterkorn-tells-20-000-staffers-of-big-cost-cutting-plans/
      SloopJohnB
      • 6 Months Ago
      Macht nix?
      Scott Satellite
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm confused, the new Golf was introduced last year in Europe... so delays with cars built in Wolfsberg are just happening now? Or this is about something that happened last year? The new US Golfs sadly do not come from Wolfsberg anymore, they come from Mexico, so naturally there were problems connected to that.
        JaredN
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Scott Satellite
        My 2000 GTI GLX was assembled in Wolfsburg, Germany and it was a nightmare. The location of final assembly is immaterial. The problems with my 2000 GTI were not caused by final assembly -- they were caused by design problems. Second, you need to actually read the article. The delays being discussed were not at the Mexico plant. The delays discussed in the article were in Germany.
          RLC
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JaredN
          I leased a 2004 GTI that totally self-destructed within eight months. It was a totally unmitigated disaster. I'll never touch a VW again.
      funguy6713
      • 6 Months Ago
      Obviously he is the fall guy for a seriously dysfunctional VW Group...
      Arizonarelax
      • 7 Months Ago
      VW [sigh] you were like a dream girl, fun, outgoing, spunky and sometimes living on the edge. Everyone fell in love with you....Should we say goodbye now and just hope for the best with Audi? Or is that your plan to build the same car, different name, for more money?
      BodyBlue
      • 7 Months Ago
      LOL I love It !! VW's June sales tanked again in the US. I hope they swirl the drain.
      Richard
      • 7 Months Ago
      ...so is this the excuse why the current Q7 is entering it's 10th year in production? Jeez, consider that when this thing was released there was no such thing as an I phone....
        Christopher Anderson
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Richard
        The Q7 isn't destined for the MQB platform, which is used for FWD-based vehicles with transverse engines. The A3 and TT are the only Audis that could use it.
      Marek Drvota
      • 6 Months Ago
      That's why there's waiting time of 7 months for the new Golf Variant ? crazy
      Brodz
      • 6 Months Ago

      And... VW is ruining Porsche by having it under it's umbrella.

      They need Mulally in their.

      Vwfanatic
      • 6 Months Ago
      Wow, this explains the problems VW is having with the MKVII MQB based Golfs and GTIs coming out of Pueblo Mexico. VW went all in on the MQB concept and came up with snake eyes on the assembly line. It will be interesting to watch the manufacturer recalls to straighten out the problems coming off VW's assembly lines.
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