Audi CEO Arrested in Diesel Emissions Case

Image AFP  Christof Stache

Image AFP Christof Stache

Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal.

Volkswagen has admitted using special software to cheat on emissions tests, with almost 11 million vehicles affected.

Last month, Germany's Motor Transport Authority ordered Audi to recall and fix 60,000 A6 and A7 diesel cars alleged to have the illegal software installed.

According to Bloomberg, German authorities have arrested the 55-year-old in Munich in connection with the scandal that first hit headlines in September 2015.

The Munich prosecutors said the move against Stadler was not made at the behest of United States authorities.

Stadler was CEO of Audi when it admitted to being a part of Dieselgate, yet he held he position in the years that followed.

Munich prosecutors said last week they had searched Stadler's home for evidence.

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Daniel Berger (66) and Tony Finau (66) led Englishman Justin Rose (73) by one stroke , and Swede Henrik Stenson (74) by two. Rose described conditions as very hard and added: "The course was just a battle". "I know the rules", Mickelson said.

Volkswagen's share price fell 2.2 percent in Europe on Monday, more than the 1.4 percent drop in the Deutsche Börse index in Germany.

VW's luxury subsidiary Audi has long faced suspicions that its engineers developed the software used in the scam.

Stadler's arrest will raise tensions on VW's supervisory board, putting at risk a fragile truce between management, labour representatives and board members from the carmaker's home region of Lower Saxony. The German government past year accused Audi of cheating on its emissions tests for high-end models.

"Audi needs a new start", said auto industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of the vehicle research centre. That has cost it $20 billion in fines and civil settlements.

Audi has also been embroiled in the emissions scandal that has plagued Volkswagen.

Although most of the attention to VW's emissions scandal has been focused on the US, where eight company officials have been charged, investigations are also ongoing in Germany, where the cars also failed to meet on-road emissions standards.

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