Audi CEO Rupert Stadler Is Off The Hook In Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Rupert Stadler, the CEO of Audi, has been questioned by the American lawyers at Jones Day, but had been cleared in the investigation regarding his involvement in the dieselgate situation.
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, accepts the 2008 Auto 1 trophy awarded to the new Audi A4 Saloon 1 photo
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Stadler was accused that he allegedly knew about the “defeat device” since 2010, but sources close to the matter say that investigators found no suspicious facts about the head of Audi.

The news has yet to be confirmed by brand representatives, and it currently relies on reports from people close to the matter, as Automotive News reports.

The two sources quoted by the publication said that there was nothing relayed to the Audi brand that would suggest a link with Mr. Stadler. He will also have a talk with the supervisory board of the corporation, according to the same sources. The latter will involve a discussion that will gauge the level of involvement Stadler had with the “defeat device” scheme.

Stadler has been on the Volkswagen Group’s nine-member management board since 2010, three years after he stood at the helm of Audi. There are no visible plans of removing Rupert Stadler from the lead of the four-ringed brand from Ingolstadt.

Audi’s involvement in the Dieselgate situation became evident about one year ago, when the German brand was busted for its 3.0-liter V6 TDI engines. The latter category of motors still does not have an approved fix proposal. Meanwhile, sales of diesel-engined vehicles have not attained bigger results than last year.

While the court has not confirmed Rupert Stadler's involvement, Audi is credited with developing the defeat device back in 2007. The latter word discovers when cars were being tested for emissions, and would switch to an ultra-low -emission mode. The latter would be impossible to operate for extended periods, and the unit that operated it became known as the "defeat device."

Because of the described device, Volkswagen will have to fix about 11 million vehicles worldwide, and just deactivating it will not be enough.
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