Ex-Audi CEO Guilty but No Jail

By Simon Johns - Jun 28, 2023

German courts slapped ex-Audi CEO Rupert Stadler with a hefty fine and a suspended sentence after it found him guilty for his part in the 2015 Volkswagen Group diesel scandal.

Volkswagen Group, Audi’s parent company, admitted to using illegal software to manipulate emission readings from engines. The company kept selling affected cars even after investigators in the United States uncovered the wrongdoing.

Stadler was the first VW Group board member to be convicted. He was given one year and nine months and fined U.S. $1.2 million. His codefendants were the ex head of engine development Wolfgang Hatz and diesel engine manager Giovanni Pamio. The pair also received suspended sentences and fines, albeit less than Stadler.

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