Audi has cancelled the official event at which the e-tron quattro electric crossover had to make its debut, citing “organizational issues”. According to the Financial Times, the decision is due to the arrest of the company’s CEO Rupert Stadler.
The event, called the Audi Summit, was planned to take place on August 30 in Brussels. Instead, the German manufacturer moved it to the USA, but has not confirmed the date yet. it is scheduled for September, according to preliminary information.
The importance of the summit for Audi was confirmed by Stadler himself in an interview with the Financial Times a week before his arrest:
Believe me, this is not just an electric car. This is the starting point for the next quantum leap.
The warrant for the arrest of Rupert Stadler was issued by the Munich prosecutor’s office in the middle of this month. He is accused in concealing evidence in the case of Dieselgate. Stadler himself denies his guilt. The prosecutors, on the contrary, believe that the top manager may be involved in this, as he had taken a new position about two years before the German manufacturer began to install fraudulent equipment on its vehicles
The Audi e-tron – the first electric vehicle of the brand – will receive a block of lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 95 kWh and can be charged at 150-kilowatt charging stations. The crossover will be equipped with virtual side mirrors, an adaptive air suspension and an active air intake with movable flaps.
Photo: 2018 Audi e-tron Concept