HAMBURG, Germany – It’s 8:55 a.m., Sunday, April 14, when Ferdinand Piech drives away from Volkswagen AG's Wolfsburg headquarters and heads his machine towards the A39 autobahn entrance. VW's outgoing CEO travels alone, not in the new 12-cyl. ultra-luxury Phaeton, his upstart limousine, but in a narrow teardrop of a car that resembles a jet fighter’s bubble cockpit on four wheels. His destination: Hamburg's Four Seasons Hotel, 143 miles (230 km) to the north. Battling driving rain, in ...

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