Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal doesn’t seem to want to go away, all these years later. Recently, Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested in Germany and was replaced by Bram Schot. Now, four more Audi executives have been indicted by the US DOJ and they’re in big trouble.
According to this new report from Detroit News, Richard Bauder, Axel Eisner, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel have all been indicted for conspiracy to defraud the United States, commit wire fraud and violating the Clean Air Act. Each one of those crimes could bring up to 20 years in prison. So things are not looking good for them.
All of these executives worked for Audi in Germany. Bauder was the head of Audi’s Diesel Engine Development Department, Eiser was head of Audi’s Engine Development Division, Knirsch worked as head of Audi’s Engine Development Division and Nagel served as the head of Engine Registration within Audi’s Registration and Testing Department.
They join another six VW Group executives that have been indicted by the US DOJ and regulators are calling this a ten-year conspiracy. The VW Group has already paid $2.8 billion in fines and $1.5 billion in civil penalties. We’re unsure if VW will have to pay any more fines for these new findings and indictments but it does not look good for the brand.
Each time we hear more news about VW and Audi executives getting charged with fraud over this, we’re increasingly disappointed. It’s a shame because Audi has been making some incredible cars, like the e-tron SUV and e-tron GT, and really been pushing its green image. So it’s disappointing to see the brand keep getting pulled back into the mess that a handful of executives made. Hopefully, Audi can put this all behind it and move forward making clean, efficient cars without the stigma of dirty diesel engines hanging over its head.