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Volkswagen Group Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess. (REUTERS)
Volkswagen Group Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess. (REUTERS)

Volkswagen CEO makes Twitter debut with a dig at Elon Musk

  • Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess wrote on social media that the company was coming after Tesla’s market share and already winning the battle for buyers in Europe.

In a year when Tesla Inc. is taking on German carmakers in their backyard, it’s only fitting that Volkswagen AG’s chief executive officer is returning fire on Elon Musk’s home turf: Twitter.

Herbert Diess made his debut on the social media network Wednesday, writing in his first tweet that VW was coming after Tesla’s market share and already winning the battle for buyers in Europe.

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It’s likely Diess, 62, was merely having a little fun with Musk, 49. The two have been friendly with one another for years, with Tesla’s CEO tweeting in September 2019 that Diess was “doing more than any big carmaker to go electric."

In September of last year, Diess gave Musk a test drive of VW’s ID.3 electric car when Tesla’s boss visited the factory the company is constructing near Berlin.

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