VW’s Chief Technology Officer, Responsible for the GTI and the ID.3, is Headed to Bentley

Bentley is getting a new head of engineering. Volkswagen Chief Technology Officer Matthias Rabe is moving into the position to take the place of the current boss who is headed to Seat as part of a big shakeup of positions inside the Volkswagen Group.

Dr Rabe’s official title will be Member of the Board for Engineering at Bentley Motors, and the move is effective from the first of August. He’s taking over for Dr Werner Tietz, who is headed to take over as executive VP for R&D at Seat after two years with Bentley.

Rabe has been with the Volkswagen Group since 1988. He took over as head of group research at Volkswagen in 2003, and was the Seat technical chief from 2011 until 2019. Since 2019, he’s worked on the Golf GTI and ID 3 electric hatch. At Seat, he helped expand the automaker’s range of crossovers and the Cupra brand.

“I am delighted to welcome Matthias to the Bentley team. His previous range of experiences, including leading technology development will prove valuable to us as we look to our next generation of models, technologies and to lead sustainable luxury mobility in the future,” said Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark.

Before Bentley, Tietz worked at Audi and Porsche. Now he’ll be replacing Axel Andorff at Seat who is moving to Skoda to take over midsize and MEB products at that automaker. In turn, Andorff is taking the place of Matthias Glodny who will be taking over as Head of Modular Toolkits, Drivetrains and Modules Product Line for Volkswagen.

No replacement has been named for Rabe as VW CTO, but in this game of musical chairs we’re sure Volkswagen will have someone left standing to fill the void.