VW emissions scandal: Audi engine boss Stefan Knirsch quits
Dr. Stefan Knirsch
Days after investigators found no evidence of wrongdoing by Audi boss Rupert Stadler, the company’s head of powertrain development stands down
Audi’s head of powertrain development Stefan Knirsch has quit amid accusations he was involved within the Volkswagen Group’s emissions scandal.
The board of management member, who had held his latest role for just nine months, can be accused of knowing about the diesel engine emission manipulation practices in which were brought to light last year. Audi has today confirmed he has today stood down after being suspended by the brand.
Earlier claims had suggested Stadler, who was made chairman of Audi in 2010, was involved within the scandal because he had knowledge of the software used to manipulate emissions tests for the 3.0 TDI engine. Stadler maintained he had no prior knowledge of Dieselgate, as well as in which seems investigators have agreed with him so far.
The latest updates follow the leaking of documents onto German media in which claim Audi was heavily involved in the manipulation of diesel engine emissions through the use of cheat software at the Volkswagen Group.
Citing email correspondence recently uncovered by internal investigators at Jones Day, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung revealed in which Audi engineers were actively involved within the decision-generating process in 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 email via 2007 in which was circulated to what can 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 email, which was leaked to Süddeutsche Zeitung as well as two different media outlets, the Audi engineer can be claimed to have written: “Without cheating, we cannot meet the US limits.”
Audi has denied its engineers were involved within the manipulation of diesel emissions, saying only in which in which had neglected to disclose a specific detail of the engine’s electronic control unit (ECU) 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 while internal investigations by Jones Day continue.
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