Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in diesel emissions scandal

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in diesel emissions scandal

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in diesel emissions scandal

Before becoming Audi CEO in 2007, Stadler worked as chief of staff to VW's former chairman Ferdinand Piech.

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged in federal court in Detroit with conspiring to mislead regulators about the German automaker's diesel emissions.

The same goes for Munich prosecutors and Stadler. Stadler has denied any involvement.

Last month VW admitted an additional 60,000 Audi A6 and A7 models with diesel engines had a defeat device - on top of the 850,000 recalled in 2017.

Munich prosecutors, who have been investigating Audi's role in the 2015 scandal, confirmed they arrested Rupert Stadler in the Bavarian capital.

Audi had no immediate comment. The 55-year-old was arrested at his home in Ingolstadt in the early hours on Monday, they said. Winterkorn was charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in an effort to mislead USA regulators about the automaker's diesel emissions cheating.

German authorities have arrested Rupert Stadler, Audi's CEO, Reuters reports.

"For Mr Stadler, the presumption of innocence continues to apply", a spokesman said in a statement.

It remains to be seen how long Stadler remains in police custody and whether he's able to remain in his post during his detention.

The prosecutors' office last week widened its emissions-cheating probe against Audi to include Stadler among the suspects accused of fraud and false advertising.

Stadler's arrest will raise tensions on VW's supervisory board, putting at risk a fragile truce between management, labour representatives and board members from the carmaker's home region of Lower Saxony.

The infamous Dieselgate scandal surfaced in 2015 and has cost the Volkwagen Group billions of dollars.

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.

It comes just a week after Volkswagen said it is being fined one billion euro (£880 million) by German authorities in connection with dieselgate.

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