VW fights back with new Tiguan amid China, leadership woes

lunes 14 de septiembre de 2015 08:38 GYT

* VW to unveil revamped Tiguan at Frankfurt car show Monday

* Tiguan is China's No. 2 selling compact SUV - IHS

* New pecking order of VW's leadership also on display

By Andreas Cremer

FRANKFURT, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Volkswagen is using the redesigned Tiguan, its top-selling sport utility vehicle (SUV), to fight back in a slowing Chinese market and elsewhere as it grapples with doubts about its leadership.

VW's most significant new model in 2015 may provide relief to the German carmaker, whose focus this year has been deflected by a rare power struggle and public discussion about cost cuts at its troubled Volkswagen car division.

VW proposed earlier this month to extend the contract of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn and to make finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch its next chairman.

The move was criticized by some analysts as a missed opportunity to steer Europe's biggest automotive company into the era of digitalisation with new leaders, five months after Chairman Ferdinand Piech quit in a power struggle with Winterkorn over strategy.

The first overhaul of the Tiguan since its 2007 launch, to be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show on Monday, heralds a raft of new SUVs and crossovers VW plans to field in the coming years in the fastest-growing vehicle segment, two sources at VW said.   Continuación...