GERMAN prosecutors have charged the former head of Audi with fraud in connection with the sale of diesel cars with software that enabled cheating on emissions tests.
Audi is Volkswagen’s luxury division, and prosecutors in Munich said they had charged Rupert Stadler, pictured, and three other individuals.
The three unnamed individuals were charged with having developed engines used in Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche models that had software that made the emissions controls work better on the test stand than in real-life driving.
Stadler was charged with having known about the manipulation in Audi and Volkswagen cars and with continuing to sell the models despite that knowledge.
Volkswagen admitted the cheating in 2015 and paid billions in fines and settlements while two executives went to prison in the US.