In the diesel affair, the Munich public prosecutor charged three former board members and a retired Audi department head. They have been charged with fraud, indirect false statements and criminal advertising. A Munich court must now decide whether the case should be brought to trial.
The department head in particular is held responsible for the development of engines for Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche using fraud software. It is a system with no emission restrictions during normal use. The software only reduces vehicle emissions during testing. Wednesday’s indictment states that at least 434,420 vehicles of the three Volkswagen brands were sold using this fraud software, particularly in the European and American markets.
The prosecutor accused the former administrators of being aware of the manipulations at various times between October 2013 and September 2015, but did not take action against them. One of the three would also have misled Audi about its involvement in the manipulations when he was appointed to the executive board by the management in 2016.
The new fees are another step in the investigation of manipulation software in cars. The trial of former Audi boss Rupert Stadler and three executives begins on September 30. They are also accused of fraud, indirect false statements and criminal advertising.