VW USA appoints Lyndon Lie as Chief Engineering Officer

Volkswagen Group of America has appointed Lyndon Lie as its new Chief Engineering Officer. He worked for General Motors and for Nikola before joining Volkswagen. At Nikola, Lyndon Lie was the global head of product development for the US manufacturer’s BEV and FCEV trucks.

At Volkswagen, Lie will oversee the group’s development of future vehicles for the North American market and research and development priorities across North America. In particular, this includes the design, development and launch of several BEVs, as well as the development and launch of advanced driver assistance systems.

Lie will not be based at Volkswagen Group of America’s headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, but will set up his office in Chattanooga, Tennessee – the location of VW’s US plant. The new hire brings “extensive vehicle engineering experience that will help drive Volkswagen’s commitment to mobility innovation,” according to VW.

The engineer himself confirmed his change on LinkedIn, but according to his profile, he is still ‘Global Head of Product Development at Nikola Motor Company’. He had held this position since May 2022, before which he was the Global Head of Engineering for the Nikola Two model. In his more than almost 30 years at GM, Lie has held various roles, the last six years until 2019 he was Chief Engineer for the Cadillac CT6. This included the initial launch of the ‘Super Cruise’ system, as GM calls its Level 2 and Level 3 semi-autonomous driving assistant, according to VW.

“Lyndon brings incredible experience to the Volkswagen brand, which will help us achieve our goal of growing our market share across North America in this decade,” said Pablo Di Si, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “Designing and engineering our vehicles to meet the unique needs of our markets is more critical than ever before. To achieve this, we continue to take proactive steps to strengthen our capabilities and experience within the North American market.”

“Developing innovative mobility products that deliver value to an ever-changing market is a true passion of mine and naturally aligns with where Volkswagen is heading,” said Lie. “The opportunity to apply my professional background to Volkswagen’s engineering and R&D legacy empowers us to develop technology-forward solutions that excite consumers.”



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