Audi CEO arrested over diesel probe

18 June, 2018, 17:57 | Author: Regina Silva
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Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been arrested in Germany over the software-enabled Dieselgate emissions scandal, according to reports.

Stadler was arrested earlier today after prosecutors in Munich suggested there was a risk he might try to suppress evidence and hinder their investigation.

Rupert Stadler, CEO of German auto producer Audi, briefs the media during the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Volkswagen first admitted in 2015 of using software to cheat on US emissions tests. Last week, prosecutors raided Stadler's residence in Munich as part of the investigation.

Audi boss Rupert Stadler was arrested on Monday as part of the ongoing investigation into the VW Group's wider dieselgate scandal.

Stadler has held onto his post mainly thanks to the backing of members of VW's controlling Porsche-Piech families.

Confirming the development, a spokesperson said: "We confirm that Mr Stadler was arrested this morning".

Audi CEO arrested over diesel probe

Stadler joined Audi in 1990, and became CEO in 2007.

Stadler was accused of fraud and false advertising by German prosecuters last week.

The diesel scandal has so far cost the VW group more than €25-billion ($29-billion) in buybacks, fines and compensation, mainly in the United States where the cheating scam was first uncovered.

A total of 20 people are under suspicion in the Audi probe, which focuses on cars sold in Europe that were believed to be equipped with software that turned emissions controls on during lab testing and off again during regular driving to enhance road performance.

"Audi needs a new start", he said. Around 11 million vehicles from Audi are allegedly fitted with the emission manipulation devices.

The scandal has so far cost the VW group more than 25 billion euros ($29 billion) in buybacks, fines and compensation, and the company remains mired in legal woes at home and overseas.

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