Confirmed by sister publication Motor Trend‘s editor-in-chief, Ed Loh, Audi’s U.S. president, Johan De Nysschen, has stepped down from his post after almost 20 years with the company.
Starting in Audi’s South African division in 1993, De Nysschen then went on to Audi of Japan from 1999 to 2004. He would then become Audi North America’s president from the end of 2004 until his departure on June 1, 2012.
During his tenure in the U.S. position, De Nysschen was responsible for bringing diesel engines back to the U.S. after a long absence, as well as introducing the compact Audi A3 hatchback, Q5, and Q7 crossovers, Audi’s first. While not as outspoken as many of his contemporaries leading luxury brands, it was under his stewardship that Audi became one of the largest luxury automakers in the U.S. and finally began bringing over many of the high-performance models Audi had never imported to the U.S. to compete with the AMG Mercedes-Benz and BMW M lines.
While it is not yet known where De Nysschen is headed after his long career, working almost exclusively Audi, we wish him the best of luck.
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