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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:50 am    Post subject: Former Porsche & Audi boss charged over emission scandal Reply with quote

German prosecutors said on 31 July 2019 they had filed charges against former Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler, who is being investigated over his role in Volkswagen’s emissions test cheating scandal.

Former Porsche and Volkswagen Group engine boss Wolfgang Hatz has also been charged following his released (with £2.6 million in bail money) from jail in Germany in 2018 after nine months behind bars for his involvement in the Dieselgate scandal. Wolfgang Hatz former research and development chief at Porsche

Hatz was arrested back in September 2017 because he had headed the powertrain department of the Volkswagen Group at the time the company was cheating diesel emissions tests.

Ironically Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s director of research and development, was awarded the Issigonis Trophy at the Autocar Stars event in London in 2015.

The award, which was presented by Autocar editor-in-chief Steve Cropley, honours the individual who has contributed the most to the health, excellence and competitiveness of the European motor industry.

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The Issigonis Trophy invokes the name of Sir Alec Issigonis, who designed the original 1959 Morris Mini, which changed the face of the motor industry forever.

Speaking at the ceremony, Steve Cropley described the award as “Autocar’s very personal compliment to a man whose accomplishments in motoring have been enormous.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/autocar-honours-porsche-rd-boss-wolfgang-hatz-issigonis-trophy

Diesel Scandal

Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to having used illegal engine control software to cheat pollution tests, triggering a global backlash against diesel. The affair has so far cost the German carmaker 30 billion euros (£27.48 billion).

The public prosecutor’s office in Munich said Stadler and three other defendants are being charged with fraud, false certification and criminal advertising practices. Stadler has denied any wrongdoing, his lawyer said.

Premium brand Audi only admitted in November 2015 that its 3.0 litre V6 diesel engines were fitted with an auxiliary control device which was deemed illegal in the United States.

Volkswagen and its former managers have faced numerous law suits, and in April prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig charged former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn with fraud over his role.

The Munich prosecutor said that three of the defendants are accused of having developed engines for Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche cars that used emissions cheat devices.

“Defendant Stadler is accused of having been aware of the manipulations since the end of September 2015 at the latest, but he did not prevent the sale of affected Audi and VW vehicles thereafter,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

Stadler was arrested in June 2018 as part of a broader probe into emissions cheating at Audi, which is part of Volkswagen Group, and spent several months in prison.

Volkswagen later terminated Stadler’s contract against the backdrop of a criminal investigation into whether he was involved in emissions tests cheating.

The prosecutors said that his indictment relates to roughly 250,000 Audi branded cars, 112,000 Porsches and 72,000 Volkswagen cars that were sold in the U.S. and Europe.

‘PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE’

The defendants charged by the Munich prosecutor include former Audi and Porsche manager Wolfgang Hatz as well as two engineers, several people familiar with the proceedings said.

A lawyer for Hatz separately said his client denied any wrongdoing.

The Munich prosecutors on Wednesday declined to identify the defendants, except for Stadler.

Investigations against 23 further suspects continue, the prosecutor’s office said.

The Braunschweig prosecutors had said that Volkswagen’s emissions cheating took place between November 2006 and September 2015, and that Winterkorn failed in his duty to inform European and U.S. authorities after it became clear in May 2014 that diesel engines had been manipulated.

Winterkorn had also neglected to inform customers of, and did not prevent, the continued installation of fraudulent software, the prosecutors have said.

Winterkorn’s lawyer has said he cannot comment on the charges because he had been denied access to important case files.

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