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Audi Boss Rupert Stadler Arrested During Diesel Probe

Audi Boss Rupert Stadler Arrested During Diesel Probe

"We will comment on this later", the person added. According to reports, the entire scandal has taken a heavy toll on the German auto manufacturers as it has cost it about 25 billion euros in buybacks, compensation and regulatory fines.

In 2015, when the scam was revealed, VW's former CEO resigned while his replacement Matthias Mueller was replaced earlier this year.

Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the United States and nine managers, including former CEO Martin Winterkorn, were charged there. The executive was arrested at his home in Ingolstadt.

"There were clear signs that there was to be an effort to influence people and other suspects".

Audi and VW said Stadler was presumed innocent unless proved otherwise.

Volkswagen declined 2.2 percent to 157.88 euros and traded 2 percent lower at 11:50 a.m.in local trading, extending losses this year to 5.2 percent.

The Audi probe: Audi has been accused of having sold at least 210,000 diesel-engine cars fitted with cheat software in the U.S. and Europe, starting in 2009.

Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

Munich prosecutors said Rupert Stadler was being detained due to fears he might hinder an ongoing investigation into the scandal, plunging VW into a leadership crisis. Until now, backing of the Porsche and Piech families, who control the world's biggest carmaker, ensured him continuing in the role he's held since 2007.

The public prosecutor's office said that it was investigating 20 suspects, and that it had raided apartments of Stadler and another board member last Monday.

Despite the admission in 2015, German prosecutors only recently expanded their probe into Audi's business to include Stadler and another high-ranking official.

But investigations are continuing elsewhere. Munich's authorities last week slapped VW with a €1B (roughly $1.2B) fine stemming from the scandal.

Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has been arrested in Germany over the software-enabled Dieselgate emissions scandal, according to reports.

Audi is a division of Volkswagen.

"Audi needs a new start", said auto industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of the vehicle research centre.

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