Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in Volkswagen diesel emissions probe

Marco Green
June 18, 2018

German authorities on Monday detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into manipulation of emissions controls.

As part of the investigation, Stadler's home has been raided, while authorities are now investigating 19 other suspects, the identities of whom have not been disclosed. It said shortly afterward that a judge had ordered him kept in custody pending possible charges at prosecutors' request.

Audi, who has been caught up in the emissions scandal that afflicted Volkswagen, had no immediate comment.

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".

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

That is on top of the 850,000 recalled past year by Audi, of which only some have been found to require modification.

Stadler's arrest is the most high-profile yet in the dieselgate crisis, which started when the Volkswagen group admitted in 2015 to equipping some 11 million diesels worldwide with "defeat devices" created to dupe pollution tests.

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

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