Audi chief arrested over emissions

Munich prosecutors who have been investigating Audi’s role in the 2015 scandal confirmed they arrested Rupert Stadler in the Bavarian capital

In September 2015, it was discovered that some Volkswagens sold in the USA had been equipped with software to make them run more cleanly during emissions tests.

On Monday, Rupert Stadler, the head of Volkswagen Group's Audi unit, was arrested in Germany, marking the first arrest of a VW Group high-ranking official in connection with the diesel scandal that became public in 2015.

According to a report by BBC, Munich prosecutors said that Audi's chief executive is being held "because of a risk that Stadler might seek to suppress evidence".

Volkswagen has admitted using special software to cheat on emissions tests, with almost 11 million vehicles affected.

With Stadler's ensnarement, German prosecutors probing VW since September 2015 have finally broken through to the automaker's higher ranks.

Police searched Stadler's home last week, after prosecutors searched homes of current and former Audi employees earlier this year.

As part of the investigation, Stadler's home has been raided, while authorities are now investigating 19 other suspects, the identities of whom have not been disclosed.

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"In view of the ongoing investigations, we have no further comment to make on this matter". Winterkorn was charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in an effort to mislead US regulators about the automaker's diesel emissions cheating.

Volkswagen said three years ago that as many as 11 million of its vehicles were equipped with software meant to deceive emissions tests, including at least 2 million Audis.

Just last week, Volkswagen agreed to pay a 1 billion-euro fine imposed by German prosecutors for cheating to get around diesel-emissions regulations.

It has also pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the United States and nine managers, including Winterkorn, were charged there.

But investigations are continuing elsewhere.

The scandal has so far cost the VW group more than €25 billion (£22bn) in buybacks, fines and compensation.

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