It seems as if Audi simply can’t escape the diesel scandal enveloping the entire Volkswagen Group. The latest news features VW Group head of Research and Development, Stefan Knirsch, who apparently knew about the emissions-cheating software fitted to the Group’s 3.0 liter TDI V6 engines. Audi admitted that the software had been fitted to the 3.0 TDI engines and has been recalling these engines for repairs.
However, Knirsch swore under oath that these engines did not have emissions-testing defeat-device software installed on them. However, following an investigation by Jones Day, evidence as risen proving Knirsch was aware of such cheating software from the get-go. Knirsch, an Audi board member, has been suspended indefinitely.
This is the second big engineer for Audi to leave following the diesel scandal. Former head of engine development, Ulrich Hackenburg, quit after his suspension. Hackenburg was replaced by Knirsch following his leave, making this look far worse. Thankfully, Audi has told Knirsch to hit the bricks. Though, no one at Audi has given any comments on the matter.