Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could have been behind “Dieselgate”

By now, we’re most likely all aware of the famous “dieselgate” scandal that rocked the VW Group last year. If you somehow haven’t seen the news in a year, here’s a brief rundown — Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche were all caught using a defeat device on their small diesel engines that cheated emissions during testing. Volkswagen had to pay massive fines and all brands have been rolling out recalls to fix these engines ever since. However, it all seemed to be blowing over.

The entire VW Group has been fixing all cheating cars and all executives within the brands who had seemed to be responsible had been fired. So the entire dieselgate seemed to be behind us. Yet, it never goes away that easy, does it? As it turns out, it’s possible that there’s one executive still left at Audi who was involved that’s still employed — Audi CEO Rupert Stadler.

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According to a report that will be coming out from Spiegel magazine, a German publication, the dieselgate buck stops with Stadler. Many people were already fired, or “retired”, that were involved by there seems to be evidence that proves Stadler to be the mastermind of the whole operation.

From the Spiegel report, executives at Audi have been planning this for about 10 years, with meetings going as far back as 2007 to figure out how to cheat emissions, especially in America. While an investigation was done last year, of which Stadler was cleared from, it seems that there’s new evidence to prove not only his involvement but that the whole thing was his idea.

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The Spiegel report hasn’t come out yet but we’ll keep you posted when it does, as it could mean bad news for Stadler and Audi moving forward. We could be looking at a new CEO of Audi sometime quite soon.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.