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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in Germany

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Posted at 5:59 AM, Jun 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-18 05:59:09-04

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been arrested in Germany as part of an investigation into emissions cheating, according to prosecutors in Munich.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 12: The Chairman of Audi, Rupert Stadler, presents the new Audi concept car Aicon at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show on September 12, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Frankfurt Auto Show is taking place during a turbulent period for the auto industry. Leading companies have been rocked by the self-inflicted diesel emissions scandal. At the same time the industry is on the verge of a new era as automakers commit themselves more and more to a future that will one day be dominated by electric cars. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

The arrest comes one week after Germany imposed a €1 billion ($1.2 billion) penalty on Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen, for rigging diesel engine emissions worldwide.

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

Representatives for Volkswagen and Audi did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

This is a developing story.

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