But in the end he left it in anger shortly before the company faced its worst ever crises with the “dieselgate” scandal.
“Piech wasn't just any car boss,” judged top-selling Bild daily. “With him, a piece of German economic history dies. He was the last auto manager to build his own cars.” News
weekly Der Spiegel dubbed him the "Engineer of Power ... a brilliant technician and Machiavellian master".
Ferdinand Karl Piech was born in Vienna on April 17, 1937.
His father Anton ran the VW plant founded by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler during World War II. His mother Louise was the daughter of Ferdinand Porsche, inventor of the iconic Beetle and founder of luxury brand.