Audi boss Rupert Stadler arrested in Dieselgate investigation

Rupert Stadler

Brand chief executive is being held because of a risk that he could withhold evidence

Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been arrested by Munich prosecutors in relation to ongoing Dieselgate investigations.

The 55-year-old German is being held due to the risk that he could prevent evidence from being found.

Audi parent, the Volkswagen Group, confirmed that Stadler was detained this morning but that the “hearing to determine whether he will be remanded is ongoing”.

Autocar is due to receive an official comment from Audi this morning.

Stadler was accused of fraud and false advertising by German prosecuters last week. He was named a suspect by the Munich prosecutor’s office alongside another unnamed member of Audi’s board of management.

As part of the probe, Stadler’s home has been raided, while authorities are currently investigating 19 other suspects, the identities of whom have not been disclosed.

Audi admitted to having used illegal defeat devices to manipulate its cars’ emissions in November 2015; Stadler has been CEO since 2007. It is thought that 11 million VW Group cars have been fitted with emissions manipulation devices. 

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Source: Autocar Online

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