Ever since the scandal known as “Dieselgate” broke a year ago, it’s been the Volkswagen brand that has suffered around the world. VW’s seven other car brands have up until now escaped most of the negative scrutiny.
This is about to change. Investigators in recent days have started focusing on Audi, one of Volkswagen’s luxury subsidiaries. They questioned its chief executive, Rupert Stadler, according to reports that were confirmed Tuesday by VW’s chief executive, Matthias Müller.
The inquiry is part of an ongoing investigation by U.S. law firm Jones Day into the scandal, which affects 11.5 million VW-group cars worldwide. VW last year admitted it had manipulated software in its VW, Audi, Skoda, and Seat car brands, so that the vehicles appeared to conform to pollution limits. The carmaker commissioned Jones Day to uncover the scandal.
The Jones Day interview with Audi’s boss, revealed by the magazine Der Spiegel, comes just days after Audi unexpectedly suspended its head of development, Stefan Knirsch, over alleged links to the emissions scandal.