Ex-Audi Boss Rupert Stadler Officially Charged Over Emissions Scandal

Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been officially charged by German prosecutors for his involvement in VW Group’s emissions cheating scandal.

Reuters reports that the public prosecutor’s office in Munich, Germany, said that Stadler along with three other defendants are being charged with fraud, false certification and criminal advertising practices.

“Defendant Stadler is accused of having been aware of the manipulations since the end of September 2015 at the latest, but he did not prevent the sale of affected Audi and VW vehicles thereafter,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

Also Read: SEC Defends Delay In Suing Volkswagen Over Dieselgate

The prosecutors added that Stadler’s indictment relates to around 250,000 Audi models, 112,000 Porsches and 72,000 VW cars that were illegally fitted with the aforementioned software and sold both in the US and Europe.

Back in September 2015, VW Group admitted that it used illegal software to alter the results of its diesel-powered vehicles during emission testing. The scandal has already costed the German car maker around $33.5 million (30 million euros).

In addition, Audi admitted the use of an auxiliary control device in models fitted with the 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine, which was deemed illegal in the United States.

Stadler was arrested in June 2018, with VW Group later terminating his contract, replacing him with Bram Schot in December 2018.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Stadler has denied any wrongdoing, as well as Wolfgang Hatz, former development chief at Porsche and former head of powertrain at Audi, who’s also reportedly been charged by the prosecutors.


  • xDRAN0x

    Someone needs to take the whole blame.

  • Judik

    The fact that the top picture for this news is the one with the e-tron is kinda funny

  • iddqd

    all politically motivated by our so called government.

  • Mr. EP9

    He’s finally being charged? With how long he was being held, you’d think he was already tried and convicted.

  • Some__Jerk

    Checking to comments to see if the LLN people are here.

  • TheBelltower

    What exactly did he do that was criminal? I’m all for corporate accountability, but with VW/AUDI it seems like they’re beating a dead horse.

    • Exotics

      He said okay to pollute our atmosphere on planet earth which we all breathe and share as humans which keeps us alive as a species just to make more money

      That is criminal

      • TheBelltower

        Like nearly every automaker? FCA buys carbon credits from Tesla so they can do just that. Dieselgate needs to conclude at some point.

        • SteersUright

          Everyone speeds, every now and again someone gets caught, Its still breaking the law and prosecutable. Laws are important for an orderly society. Nothing should conclude prematurely when justice and morality are the end goals. That is the never ending fight of the good men and women among us, not the lazy souls who prefer inconveniences go away so they can get back to Netflix and their Beyond Meat Whopper.

          • TheBelltower

            The conversation isn’t about the virtues of laws. Dieselgate has gone on for years and no one has clearly outlined what was done criminally.

          • SteersUright

            They’ve investigated this in extraordinary detail, taking their time, and given the extremely high profile of the accused, been patient and careful. Ultimately, they concluded he was guilty of criminal acts, charged a very senior executive (takes huge guts) and your response is, “no one has clearly outlined what was done criminally”. Interesting take. I respect it though. That’s why we’re here in the comments section, lol.

          • TheBelltower

            Part of the process of concluding that someone is guilty of something is that the law is wielded equally. The ability to determine that someone is guilty is much more difficult when others who have broken the same law are not found guilty or ever indicted. Precedent. I never claimed Stadler or any of the other executives were innocent. However, beyond the legalese, I would like to understand what it is that they’re guilty of and how this differs from similar behavior by other automakers. If you know what happened or can point me to something that can explain it, I’m all ears.

  • SteersUright

    In a world that is terrified to touch an executive even when tons of evidence demonstrate irrefutable guilt, this news is very welcome and very refreshing. Good on the Europeans for setting the bar high for all other countries to follow. Our own bankers damn near brought the global financial system down and not one went to jail because…corrupt USA business world with bought politicians and a toothless DOJ.

  • Daniela Wolf

    u know that u can’t kill yourself in ur very own garage anymore?

  • Daniela Wolf


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