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Ex Audi CEO Spills on Dieselgate to Avoid Prison
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Ex Audi CEO Spills on Dieselgate to Avoid Prison

By Simon Johns - May 10, 2023

Rupert Stadler, the disgraced ex-Audi CEO, will not serve a prison sentence if he stumps up U.S.$1.21 million and comes clean about his involvement in parent company Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal in 2015.

Volkswagen Group were caught putting software in engines to make it appear cars complied with emissions tests. Audi, of which Stadler was CEO during that period, is said to have been the source of the software.

Prosecutors accuse him of “failing stop the sale of affected diesel cars in Europe even after U.S. authorities uncovered the engine-rigging,” according to a report by Auto News. He placed the blame on engineers.

Three graduate students researching emissions at West Virginia University noticed a discrepancy between VW’s stated emissions and their own measurements. The California Clean Air Board later backed up their findings. The result was an international industrial scandal that cost VW €25 billion fines, settlements and buybacks.

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