Audi CEO arrested - Volkswagen

Marco Green
June 18, 2018

German authorities have taken Rupert Stadler, chief executive officer of Volkswagen AG's Audi unit, into custody, making him the highest-profile arrest in the group's diesel-cheating probes.

According to Munich prosecutors, Stadler was arrested on Monday because investigators saw the risk that he might seek to suppress evidence in connection with a diesel emissions probe.

The company said that it couldn't comment further due to the ongoing investigation, but stressed that "the presumption of innocence remains in place for Mr. Stadler".

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

Last month, Audi admitted that another 60,000 A6 and A7 models with diesel engines have emission software issues.

The number is on top of the 850,000 recalled previous year by the Volkswagen subsidiary, of which only some have been found to require modification.

Volkswagen first admitted in 2015 of using software to cheat on USA emissions tests.

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

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