Volkswagen’s new CEO will take the corporate to ‘the subsequent stage,’ analysts say

Herbert Deiss, upcoming VW CEO.

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Herbert Deiss, upcoming VW CEO.

VW’s share worth plunged by round 40 p.c in September 2015 when the information broke. Nonetheless, shares have rebounded 92 p.c from that trough, and are actually even eight p.c greater than the time instantly earlier than the disaster.

The Volkswagen Group, which additionally contains manufacturers similar to Audi and Porsche, reported a four.three p.c improve in gross sales for 2017, in comparison with the earlier yr.

Based on Anna-Marie Baisden, head of autos analysis at BMI Analysis, the agency has been criticized for not altering quick sufficient. There are “too many layers of management to make any selections due to the large household shareholdings,” she stated.

Nonetheless, the appointment of Diess was a superb technique, she added. “Whereas not a complete outsider he’s comparatively new to the corporate and so brings a brand new outlook,” Baisden stated.

She stated that he has a observe document of value chopping with the VW model, whereas stopping in need of mass job cuts. He’s additionally “very ahead wanting” focussing on new competitors similar to Tesla, moderately than conventional rivals, in accordance with Baisden.

VW’s share worth was barely greater Friday morning.

In the meantime, UBS analysts stated it expects VW to beat consensus expectations and lift steerage later this yr. “Diess would possibly revisit the 2020 marketing strategy later this yr … We expect his sturdy observe document on the VW model thus far and beforehand at BMW may nicely lead to extra formidable targets, and a number of other manufacturers are nonetheless nicely beneath potential when it comes to profitability,” the analysts stated in a analysis notice Friday.

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