Audi CEO Arrested for Involvement in Fiddling Diesel
Audi CEO Arrested for Involvement in Fiddling Diesel. Rupert Stadler, CEO of the German car manufacturer Audi, has been arrested because of his alleged involvement in the shocks with diesel emissions.
That is what parent company Volkswagen has just announced. His name already sang around last week on a list of suspects at the company. His house was searched, just like that of another board member. Several offices of Audi were invaded for the third time in May.
Stadler was accused by several engineers of involvement in the diesel scandal. A German judge ruled that the CEO had to be caught immediately, for fear that he would otherwise mess with evidence, reports Reuters. There are already two former managers of Audi in anticipation of their lawsuit. Volkswagen received a massive fine of 1 billion euros in Germany in June.
In the autumn of 2015, it appeared that the company had been fiddling with the emission data of 11 million diesel cars for years. Vehicles from the company were provided with forbidden software, which made them much cleaner in laboratory tests than they were.
The fine in Europe was not the only one for the car manufacturer. In the United States, it arranged for billions of dollars with American regulators. Part of that money went to the repair and repurchase of the nearly 500,000 American cars that had been used in felling software, the buying off of prosecution and to take away civilian cases.
Volkswagen is already being chased by authorities since the shoemaking diesel scandal in the United States in September 2015 came to light. The company has set aside a total of more than 25 billion euros for fines, settlements and other costs.
Incidentally, Audi and parent company Volkswagen is not the only ones who have made themselves guilty of manufacturing friction diesel. The company that made the forbidden software also provided it to Mercedes and Opel.