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editors note 5 print 24/11/06 10:09 am Page 4 EDITOR'S NOTE Intrigue the name of the game at Volkswagen I n an industry not unknown for surprises, the the campaign to cut costs resignation of Volkswagen CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder and jobs. The same tops the lot. Okay, steep losses in 2004 and 2005 told us campaign which made that all was not well in Wolfsburg, but recent indications Pischetsrieder so unpopular have been more positive, with an operating profit in the with the powerful German unions. There are also some third quarter of this year and VW shares trading at their fairly strong indications that Bernhard does not always highest price in a year. see eye to eye with incoming CEO, Martin Winterkorn. Pischetsrieder 's demise wasn't even hinted at by the Piech is widely seen as the all-important figure at normally eagle-eyed German business press, although Volkswagen, and as a man who likes to ensure that the there has been much speculation about the cooling of great orchestra of Europe's largest carmaker plays to the h i s relationship with supervisory board chairman, beat of his baton. Bernhard had been tipped by many as Ferdinand Piech. Once Piech's blue-eyed boy

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AutoMOTIVE 5

Editors Note
Here For The Long Haul
Halewood. Rebirth of a Car Plant
Safety First
Focus on Flexibility
A Prophet Without Honour?
Chrysler Cuts It Four Ways
A MINI For All Reasons
Porsche Plans Continuous Logistics Improvement
Flawless, Consistent Execution
Ford's European Supplier Parks Deliver Lean Manufacturing Efficiencies
Cheap and Cheerful
Onwards and Upwards
Schrader and Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems Take the Pressure
No Faults Forward
A Long Way From Wheelbarrows and Bath Tubs
A New Era in US/Japanese Cooperation
A Dialogue of the Deaf