The former Volkswagen chairman, Ferdinand Piech, reportedly died in hospital on Sunday night.
The report comes from Germany’s Bild newspaper, according to which Piech was at a restaurant with his wife Ursula when he collapsed and had to be taken to hospital. The cause of death was not immediately clear.
Piech was a towering figure in the automotive world. Grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, Piech joined Volkswagen in 1972, via Audi, where he helped develop the brand’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
He then moved onto Volkswagen. As CEO he played a crucial role in making it one of the world’s largest automotive companies. It was also during his tenure that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating device was developed. After the scandal broke, he was forced off the board of directors.
Still, the company we recognize today as Volkswagen is largely thanks to Piech. Audi’s Quattro AWD system, the purchase of Porsche, Bentley, Ducati, and more can all be traced back to him.
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