Before the VW diesel emissions scandal became public knowledge, we reported in April 2015 on Ferdinand Piech's surprise ousting from the company and the legacy he left behind. Read the article below:

Nobody could have predicted – or hoped – that Ferdinand Piech’s association with the car maker founded by his grandfather would end in such a dismal manner.

An emergency meeting of Volkswagen’s supervisory board was called on Saturday 25 April; the location a regional airport in northern Germany, not far from VW’s Wolfsburg HQ.

It proved to be the final destination for Piech after nearly half a century at the heart of Porsche (founded by his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche after WW2) and Volkswagen, the brand that grew out of the Beetle, a car originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche.

Piech made his name as the engineer behind the Porsche 917, and the strategic and engineering mind behind the long-term reinvention of Audi as a premium brand. His merciless approach oversaw quattro, pioneering aerodynamic design, the benchmark construction quality of the Mk 4 Golf and the ultimate road car engineering of the Bugatti Veyron.

He was also widely celebrated in Germany for saving VW from potential bankruptcy and mass job losses when he took over the ailing VW brand in 1993.