German carmaker Audi's latest fiasco in the emissions scandal over a new defeat device found in their vehicles has bought the company CEO Rupert Stadler under the scanner of the Volkswagen Group's internal investigation once again.
Volkswagen hired American law firm Jones Day to conduct an internal investigation into the company and the infamous Diesel Gate emissions scandal that rocked it in 2015 and lead to a $15 billion settlement in the United States.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was questioned by Jones Day investigators earlier this year in September over when he found out about the use of the software which triggered the scandal and cleared him.
However, sources have informed Reuters that the Audi boss is set to be questioned once again and that Jones day lawyers have requested further information.
This comes after an American regulator found that Audi vehicles with automatic transmissions were utilizing a different defeat device to fudge emission figures related to CO2.
Stadler will be questioned over whether he knew about the new CO2 emission fudging defeat software fitted in his company's cars.
However, investigators are yet to set a date for when the questioning of the Audi boss will occur.
The new investigation into Stadler comes as a body blow for Audi at a time when the carmaker and its parent company VW are getting closer to brokering a deal with US authorities to resolve the fate of about 80,000 polluting 3.0-liter diesel vehicles.