Audi accused of faking test protocolsOctober 8, 2018
German company Audi accused of faking data on emissions of harmful substances and fuel consumption for the operation of Audi cars in South Korea
Munich prosecutors have accused Audi of tampering with vehicle identification numbers and test reports. It is reported by the publication Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing a source familiar with the investigation. According to him, the company purposely concealed data on emissions of harmful substances and fuel consumption for the operation of vehicles in South Korea. Official confirmation of this information yet.
According to preliminary data, fake VIN-numbers of cars were entered into the test results. After that, a permit to operate the machines in South Korea was obtained. Investigation is underway against three senior Audi employees. Their names are not yet named.
Fake test protocols could occur since 2013. According to the source, currently there are 18 cases of fraud. Audi itself is currently conducting an internal investigation into the incident.
Earlier, the supervisory board of the automobile concern Volkswagen decided to dismiss the head of Audi, Rupert Stadler. A former top manager was detained several months ago in connection with the “diesel scandal”. In Volkswagen, this decision was explained by the fact that Stadler “is unable to fulfill his duties due to pre-trial detention.” At the same time, the parties reached an agreement on voluntary dismissal.
Rupert Stadler was arrested by the German authorities in June 2018 on suspicion of participating in a “diesel scandal” around the Volkswagen concern. The former head of Audi is suspected of fraud and participation in an advertising campaign that contains knowingly incorrect information. At the moment, the 55-year-old top manager is in prison in the city of Augsburg in southern Germany.