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We're guessing he's not going to mention the "D" word. Dr. Herbert Diess, chairman of Volkswagen's flagship brand of cars, will be giving a keynote address at the Consumer Technology Association's CES in Las Vegas next month. The subject matter of the January 5 address will be electric mobility, and Dr. Diess will apparently use the occasion to announce an all-electric concept car. There are rumors it'll be an electric version of the classic Microbus with a single-charge range of more than 300 miles. Who can resist smiling at that thought?

As Diess prepares his speech, there's good news from the Volkswagen e-Golf sales in the US. It seems to be making a bit of headway here (we certainly liked it). The model had its best-ever month of US sales in October with 596 units, and had its second-best last month with 472. Diess had worked for BMW before nine years before joining VW earlier this year. Both of those German automakers appear to be poised to expand their presence in the plug-in vehicle sector.

The rough news is that Diess will be speaking amid a backdrop of controversy for the German auto giant. VW is reeling from the effects of the diesel-emissions scandal that broke in September. Earlier this month, it was reported that VW would take out a $21 billion loan to address the fallout.

Nine automakers and more than 100 automotive-technology companies will be unveiling products at CES. General Motors CEO Mary Barra is also on the CES docket of keynote speakers. Take a look at the CES news release below.
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Volkswagen's Dr. Herbert Diess to Keynote CES 2016, Launch New Electric Car
Electric mobility will drive the automotive future

December 08, 2015 10:06 AM Eastern Standard Time
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, announced today that Dr. Herbert Diess, chairman, board of management, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming CES® 2016. Diess will use the CES stage to launch an all-electric concept car while focusing his remarks on electric mobility driving the automotive market. Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2016 runs January 6-9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"CES is a celebration of diverse ideas. Our stage is open to those who bring innovation and can showcase how technology is changing the world, at times open even to those who bring controversy"

Herbert Diess' keynote is scheduled for 8:30 PM, Tuesday, January 5 at the Cosmopolitan's Chelsea Theater. He will debut a new era of electric mobility, including Volkswagen's groundbreaking electric vehicle that will further illustrate the synergy between the Internet of Things and the automotive industry.

"We welcome Herbert Diess to CES to share Volkswagen's vision for the future, including the company's commitment to sustainability," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "We are pleased Volkswagen will use the CES stage to unveil a concept car displaying its latest developments in safe and energy-efficient electric vehicles consistent with VW's long history of innovation in the driving experience."

Herbert Diess was appointed Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars in 2015. Prior to joining Volkswagen, he was Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG. Herbert Diess joined BMW in 1996 as Director, Long-Term and Structural Planning. In 2007, he became Member of the Board of Management, Purchasing and Supplier Network and, in 2012, Member of the Board of Management, Development, of BMW AG.

"CES is a celebration of diverse ideas. Our stage is open to those who bring innovation and can showcase how technology is changing the world, at times open even to those who bring controversy," said Shapiro. "When we agreed to a Volkswagen keynote earlier this year we, along with the world, did not know much about emissions testing, but after talking with Dr. Diess I felt the CES audience would be interested in his vision and curious about his plans for a new type of sustainable car. Now, VW has an opportunity at CES to show the world its designs for the future and how the company views electric mobility and sustainability."

The latest advancements in automotive technology will be a major theme at CES 2016, with more than 115 automotive tech companies and nine automakers debuting products. A show within a show, automotive exhibits will cover more than 200,000 net square feet of exhibit space, a 25 percent increase over the 2015 CES. The show will feature the hottest auto tech trends from parking assistance, collision avoidance and emergency braking to the latest in driverless, electric and energy-efficient vehicles.

Herbert Diess joins an impressive lineup of CES 2016 keynote speakers including Intel's Brian Krzanich, Netflix's Reed Hastings, GM's Mary Barra, Samsung's Dr. WP Hong, YouTube's Robert Kyncl, NBC Universal's Steve Burke and Fitbit's James Park. For the latest information surrounding CES 2016 keynotes, visit CESweb.org/keynotes.

CES 2016 will span 2.3 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring more than 3,600 exhibiting companies debuting the latest products and services across the entire consumer tech ecosystem. For the latest CES news and announcements, visit CESweb.org.

The consumer technology industry takes seriously our commitment to environmental sustainability. For more information on how technology can green the world, visit cta.tech/green.

Note to Editors: The official name of the global technology event is "CES®." Please do not use "Consumer Electronics Show" or "International CES" to refer to the event.

About CES:

CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for almost 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM – formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® – the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry's most relevant issues are addressed. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at www.CESweb.org and on social.

About Consumer Technology Association:

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, is the trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.

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