Inc. says Elon Musk’s private meeting with Volkswagen’s CEO Herbert Diess is a brilliant intelligence and can completely change the automotive industry.
You remember that in September Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited Germany, and specifically Giga Berlin. However, on its way back, the Tesla CEO stopped at Braunschweig airport at 9:45PM German time, met with VW Chairman Herbert Diess, and test-drove the ID.3.
Inc.’s reporter Justin Bariso gives great importance to that meeting after two months’ time, saying on the surface, it was a chummy meeting between friendly rivals. But that’s only on the surface.
Bariso says Musk’s praise for Volkswagen’s new entry-level electric vehicle, while not exactly effusive, shouldn’t come as surprise to those who follow him. In fact, you could argue that VW is falling right in line with Musk’s own plan and stated goals, such as the one, stated in 2014, when Musk announced: “in the spirit of the open-source movement … not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”
Regardless of the final outcome of this friendship between Elon Musk and Herbert Diess, and its impact on the automotive industry, Bariso concludes, writing, “But regardless of the end result, both Diess and Musk have taught a valuable lesson that anyone in business pays well to heed: To achieve the greatest success, focus on making friends.”
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