Volkswagen’s chief executive was firmly convinced that his company would focus efforts in these directions to catch up with Tesla. Curiously, Dees earlier this year told his company’s shareholders: “We can do everything Tesla does and we can overcome them.”
It should be noted that in 2016 Volkswagen sold nearly 6 million new cars and Tesla only 84 thousand. Despite the huge difference in results, Dees is firmly convinced that the US electric car manufacturer has experts and technologies that Volkswagen does not own.
“In the old world, Volkswagen’s main competitors were Toyota, Hyundai and French manufacturers. In the new world, this is Tesla. Although she is still a young company, she can successfully argue with the largest manufacturers that offer a huge number of models and sell millions of cars per year, “Dees said.