Audi CEO Rupert Stadler Arrested following investigation

Rupert Stadler

We recently learned that Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was under investigation by German authorities for now-famous diesel scandal. Authorities were searching his home, office and all of his personal files, computers and phones. Now, according to Autocar, we’re learning that the authorities found enough evidence of wrongdoing and have arrested Stadler.

“The accused was brought before the investigating judge, who ordered the execution of the pre-trial detention,” the Munich public prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Stadler had been denying all accusations of wrongdoing since the infamous diesel-gate scandal first came to light. In fact, Stadler seemed like the VW Group’s rock, having been one of the only executives to remain clean, as several others were either fired or arrested. Now, though, Stadler has been arrested and it is quite shocking.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, with the Golden Steering Wheels 2015 for the Audi A4 Sedan and the Audi R8.

He’s been arrested for “evidence suppression”, according to Munich’s public prosecuto’rs office. “We cannot comment on the substance of our background in the light of the ongoing investigations. For Mr. Stadler, the presumption of innocence continues to apply,” Apparently, Stadler is currently undergoing questioning from said prosecutor’s office.

Stadler has been the CEO at Audi since 2010 but he’s being questioned about diesel emissions manipulation since 2012. It seems as if this diesel scandal is incredibly far reaching within the Volkswagen Group. So many executives have already been arrested or fired already that we thought it was over and done with. Apparently not. And it’s surprising because Stadler had seemed clean so far. So this might not be the end, there may be more arrests, more executives in trouble and we may not see the end of this dieselgate scandal for a long, long time.

This is a bad look for Audi, as its seemingly most reliable executive, and CEO, has now been arrested. The only way forward now for Audi is to revamp its brand image, making it more efficient, more high-tech and more green. It’s going to need to lean heavily on its e-tron vehicles to do so.