Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler today, on June 18, 2018, has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of fraud and manipulation.
This was reported by Volkswagen Group, Audi owner. Last week Mr. Stadler was indicted by the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office, as well as twenty others in the company involved in Dieselgate.
Mr. Stadler is being accused in fraudulent actions that contributed to the sale of cars with manipulated emission data.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Audi has sold at least 210,000 vehicles in 2009 in the USA and Europe, the software on which for controlling emissions of harmful gases showed untrue data (the actual emissions were underestimated).
Earlier due to the diesel scandal, the company had to suspend selling the A6 and A7 models. Besides, the German car inspection department obliged Audi to re-equip the software on 127,000 cars around the world.
Volkswagen has been prosecuted for 3 years, since September 2015,when it was discovered manipulating the software on VW vehicles.
The resignation of top management, arrests of employees, colossal fines, recalls of a large number of cars – these are the consequences of Dieselgate, which touched other brands of the German automotive giant.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Photo: Alexander Migl