Audi Boss Questioned Over Emissions Scandal

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The head of German luxury carmaker Audi, Rupert Stadler, was questioned by investigators looking into the company's role in the emissions scandal that rocked the Volkswagen group last year.

The news was delivered by VW Chief Executive Matthias Mueller to reporters at an event in the German city of Hannover. Mueller however, did not give any details.

Audi had last year admitted to fitting its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with a emissions cheating software hack that would detect when the car was being tested and tone dow emission levels to under the permissible limit.

Audi last year had tasked experts from U.S. law firm Jones Day to investigate the scandal. The investigation, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reports, that Audi's head of development Stefan Knirsch would be suspended as part of the investigation into the emissions scandal.

Knirsch had replaced Ulrich Hackenberg, the former chief engineer at Volkswagen and Audi, who quit after being suspended together with two other executives closely associated with the development of VW's EA189 engine which is at the center of the massive emissions scandal perpetrated by VW.

Volkswagen's emissions scandal was dragged into the spotlight, twelve months back in September 2015 after real world tests showed that the affected cars produces dangerously high levels of pollutants. 

Via Reuters

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 13:44 [IST]
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