Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested over emissions scandal

Munich prosecutors who have been investigating Audi’s role in the 2015 scandal confirmed they arrested Rupert Stadler in the Bavarian capital

Munich prosecutors who have been investigating Audi’s role in the 2015 scandal confirmed they arrested Rupert Stadler in the Bavarian capital

Munich prosecutors searched Stadler's private residence last week in their investigation of suspected fraud and indirect improprieties with documents.

The Dieselgate scandal dates back to 2015, when Volkswagen was caught out by USA authorities for installing emissions cheating defeat device software in millions of diesel vehicles sold worldwide.

Just last week, Volkswagen agreed to pay a 1 billion-euro fine imposed by German prosecutors for cheating to get around diesel-emissions regulations.

As of 2015, Audi has admitted to having utilized illegal cheat devices which manipulate their car's emissions with Stadler at the helm since 2007.

"We confirm that Mr. Stadler was arrested this morning".


The prosecutors also said that the arrest of Stadler was essential as the investigators saw the risk of him trying to suppress evidence in the diesel emissions probe.

It was in September 2015 when VW admitted to using illegal software to cheat US emissions tests on diesel engines.

Volkswagen admitted that almost 600,000 cars sold in the United States were fitted with "defeat devices" created to circumvent emissions tests.

On the open road, untested, the level of emissions would in practice be far higher - up to 40 times as bad as recorded under laboratory conditions.

The fallout has cost VW more than $30bn to date - the bulk of that sum in the USA where, in May, prosecutors filed criminal charges against former VW boss Martin Winterkorn.

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