Audi Boss Rupert Stadler Arrested During Diesel Probe

Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal.

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

“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,” the Munich prosecutor’s office confirmed.

A German judge has ordered that Stadler be remanded in custody.

Both Audi and VW confirmed the arrest and said that Stadler must still be presumed to be innocent despite being taken into custody. So far, Stadler is the most senior executive from the Volkswagen Group to be arrested in relation to the diesel scandal.

Just last month, Audi said that 60,000 A6 and A7 diesel models have software issues that cheat emissions testing. In 2017, the German marque recalled 850,000 vehicles.

In 2016, an internal investigation commissioned by the Volkswagen Group found no evidence that Stadler had prior knowledge of dieselgate. At the time, it was reported that the Audi chief knew of the company’s emissions cheating when he became chairman in 2007. He was later on appointed to VW Group’s nine-member executive board in 2010.

  • wintergraan

    “Autoexperte”-comments incoming ಠ_ಠ

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      He’s late.

      • wintergraan

        Maybe his mum didn‘t allow him to use the computer today :/

        • OdysseyTag

          I think you guys scared him off

  • Jay

    Popcorn time.

  • Jason Panamera

    I’ve just bought 2.0 TDI Passat.

    • alexxx

      You should have bought Panamera ☺️

      • Jay

        I sure hope you were giving them the difference in $$$.

      • Jason Panamera

        Actually i thought about Panamera, but it has no 2.0 TDI engine so i had to forget about this fast beetle.

      • S3XY


        • Auf Wiedersehen

          We all know what the Model “S” REALLY means.

  • sidewaysspin

    That’s where the Germans belong, in jail.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    The US just might be climbing the ladder back up to “Good Graces” with VAG. Germany is the NEW bad guy.

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