Four Audi Execs Living And Working In Germany Indicted By U.S. DOJ

The U.S. Department of Justice indicted four Audi AG managers for their roles in a conspiracy to cheat U.S. emissions tests with certain 2009-2015 Audi models equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 TDi diesel engine.

The indictments were filed yesterday in a U.S. District Court in Detroit, although hearings in the case have not been set and lawyers for the four German execs couldn’t be immediately identified, as reported by Autonews.

Indicted in the matter were Richard Bauder, the former head of Audi’s diesel engine development department in Neckarsulm, Axel Eiser, head of Audi’s engine development division in Ingolstadt (2008-2013), Stefan Knirsch, who took over for Eiser between 2013 and 2016 and Carsten Nagel, head of engine registration in Neckarsulm.

Each of them has been charged with felonies such as conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, violation of the Clean Air Act and wire fraud. However, getting them into U.S. custody is easier said than done seen as how the German constitution protects German nationals from extradition.

The indictments cover the design as well as the certification of five specific Audi models: 2009-2015 Q7, 2014-2015 A6 and A7, 2014-2015 A8L and the 2014-2015 Q5. The 2009-2015 VW Touareg also falls under the same category since it was powered by the 3.0-liter TDI diesel unit in question.

Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors allege that Audi’s engine development engineers warned their superiors that these vehicles needed larger tanks of AdBlue Diesel Emission Fluid in order to comply with emissions regulations, yet such measures would have conflicted with other program requirements imposed by Audi, such as mandates that the vehicles would have a “10,000 mile AdBlue refilling interval”, as well as a “large trunk and high-end sound system.”

more photos...
Out Of Control RV Goes Flying Into Departing Ferry, Driver Gets Killed

The driver is being praised a hero for honking his horn to alert people to get out of the way.

Guy Martin Drives A 1,000 HP Tractor To Record-Setting 103.6 MPH

The record for the fastest tractor was once held by Top Gear’s The Stig, but now it’s been blown out of the water .

2020 Genesis G80 Now Available In Australia With 311 HP V6, Two Trim Levels

Genesis’ luxury sedan has a comprehensive list of standard equipment and is priced from $69k AUE.

Hyundai Said To Be Planning Electric Compact SUV, Could Launch In 2021

The rumored EV will sit on a dedicated platform and slot above the Kona Electric in Hyundai’s range.

New BMW Z4 M40i Unleashes Its True Potential Courtesy Of G-Power

The German roadster now packs a mighty 493 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Fiat Panda Waze Returns To The Lineup With New Two-Tone Option

Featuring standard Waze navigation, the new special edition has a contrasting black roof and gloss black accents.

Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Will Make A Nice Entry In The Muscle Car Class

The Charger Widebody should be offered with three different engine options, topped by the Redeye.

Jeep Driver Rolls Through Stop Sign And Gets Pummeled

The driver of this Jeep Cherokee failed to yield to the cammer and paid a hefty price.

Autobahn Hit With Speed Limits Due To High Temperatures

Fearing of cracks caused officials to enforce speed limits in usually unrestricted sections.

Get Your Hyundai Serviced At Official Dealer, Enjoy Free Lyft Ride Home

Hyundai owners won’t need to have a Lyft account of the ride-hailing app on their smartphone.