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Audi CEO detained amid diesel emissions investigation

19 June, 2018, 23:20 | Author: Melinda Barton
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German police arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler Monday, June 18 in connection with the almost three year-long Volkswagen diesel crisis investigation that has shifted to Audi and Porsche in recent months.

It's a disgusting start of the week for Audi as after images of the new A1 Sportback escaped online sooner than they were supposed to, the company's boss has just been arrested.

The Munich prosecutor's office said, "As part of an investigation into diesel affairs and Audi engines, the Munich prosecutor's office executed an arrest warrant against Mr Professor Rupert Stadler on June 18, 2018".

However, as Winterkorn remains in Germany U.S. authorities haven't arrested him.

Stadler's arrest on Monday threw Volkswagen (VW) into turmoil as it struggles to recover from cheating revelations, which emerged after regulators blew the whistle in September 2015 on the carmaker's use of illegal software.

The devices were initially found in VW's cars, but its Audi subsidiary has also been embroiled in the scandal.

Unlike VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, who was forced to resign not long after the scandal broke, Stadler hung onto his job-even amid calls for his resignation-after Audi was exposed for installing emissions-manipulating software in its cars too.


The scandal has so far cost the VW group more than €25 billion (£22bn) in buybacks, fines and compensation.

Audi, Volkswagen's luxury auto division and a major revenue source, has been accused of having sold at least 210,000 diesel-engine cars in the United States and Europe fitted with cheating software for emissions. Before becoming Audi CEO in 2007, Stadler worked as chief of staff to VW's former chairman Ferdinand Piech.

But investigations are continuing elsewhere.

Audi chief executive officer Rupert Stadler has been arrested in relation to the emissions cheating scandal.

Just last week, VW agreed to pay a €1bn fine imposed by German prosecutors for cheating to get around diesel-emissions regulations.

Both Audi and Volkswagen Group, which owns the luxury vehicle brand, are yet to issue a statement. KBA has ordered the recall of 127,000 Audi vehicles, which include the latest Euro-6 diesel models, all located in European Union.

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