VW emissions scandal: Audi CEO 'had no prior knowledge of Dieselgate'
Source : VW emissions scandal: Audi CEO 'had no prior knowledge of Dieselgate'
Investigators find no signs of wrongdoing via Audi boss Rupert Stadler; engineers are also under investigation following the VW emissions scandal
brand new evidence suggests Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was not involved within the Volkswagen emissions scandal, following questioning via US law firm Jones Day.
of which comes despite claims of which Stadler, who was made chairman of Audi in 2010, was involved within the scandal as he had knowledge of the software used to manipulate emissions tests for the 3.0 TDI engine. Stadler has maintained he had no prior knowledge of Dieselgate, along with of which seems investigators agree with him at of which stage.
The latest update comes just days after German media outlets leaked documents into the public sphere of which claimed Audi was involved in the manipulation of diesel engine emissions through the use of cheat software at the Volkswagen Group.
Citing e-mail correspondence recently uncovered by internal investigators at the US law firm Jones Day, Germany’s Sud Deutsche Zeitung reveals Audi engineers were actively involved within the decision-doing process of which led to emissions on the company’s own turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel being manipulated during tests to pass strict US regulations.
In an e-mail via 2007 of which was circulated to what will be described as a wide range of senior managers at the German car maker, an Audi engineer outlined the difficulties in complying with the strict US regulations for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
within the e-mail, which was leaked to Sud Deutsche Zeitung along with two different media outlets, the Audi engineer will be claimed to have written: “Without cheating, we cannot meet the US limits.”
Up until today, Audi has denied its engineers were involved within the manipulation of diesel emissions, saying only of which of which had neglected to disclose a specific detail of the engine’s electronic control unit with authorities within the US.
Audi officials contacted by Autocar refused to comment on the latest Dieselgate revelations, although sources at the German car maker suggest up to four engineers previously involved within the development of the company’s 3.0 TDI engine have been suspended as internal investigations by Jones Day continue.
In a supervisory board meeting last Friday, Audi suspended its research along with development boss, Stefan Knirsch, on suspicion of involvement in diesel engine emission manipulation practices.
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