Audi's former CEO, meanwhile, remains in jail.
Scandal pits Porsche-Piech families against labor, regional interests
Authorities hold Stadler in "investigative detention," afraid he'll try to suppress or change evidence otherwise.
Prosecutors search homes of Rupert Stadler and one other board member
Oliver Blume, the head of Porsche, says, "I have a dream job and am very happy at Porsche. Nothing else comes into question for me."
3.0-liter diesel engine in question is featured in Audi models such as the A6, A7, A8, Q5, and Q7.
This is what has to happen for Audi to keep its promises.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler dropped two big bombshells at the company's Annual General Meeting.
The Volkswagen Group is preparing a massive shakeup to its internal structure that will see the company's brands split into four companies of three brands.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler will keep his seat at the top thanks to a contract extension. Volkswagen didn't divulge the length of the new contract, but German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said the term is five years. Stadler took over the current position in 2007 when current VW CEO Martin Winterkorn left it. That year the brand sold 93,506 in the US and 964,151 in total worldwide; last year it sold 158,061 in the US and 1,575,480 in total worldwide.
There have been two modern re-imaginings of the original 1984 Audi Ur-Quattro: the Quattro Concept of 2010 (shown above) and the Sport Quattro Concept revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. In between them, there have been numerous rumors about what, if any, kind of production car Audi might make of them. According to a new report in Auto Motor und Sport, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has "indicated... that the car will come," and based on the specs presented, what we get might end up being a mix
Bigger, it seems, is no longer better. Volkswagen has made waves with its Up! city car, a plucky three-door that's been a bit of a hit since it burst onto the automotive scene, spawning a number of variants during its short life. And while our European friends have gotten a Cross Up!, a commercial version, an EV model, Seat- and Skoda-badged variants, and a rumored diesel-electric Twin-Up!, the small city car has been lacking in terms of its premium content.
Audi doesn't seem to be having any trouble of hitting its relatively audacious sales goal of two million units by 2020 – it's already on pace to eclipse 1.5 million sales two years ahead of schedule. According to Reuters, the Volkswagen-owned brand rode a wave of sales in China and the US to pace the early goal, with 780,500 deliveries at the halfway point of 2013. Particularly hot models include the Q5 crossover seen above and A4 sedan. Unless things go poorly in the second half of the ye
For more than two years, Volkswagen has been making public statements about its willingness to buy Alfa Romeo and quadruple the Italian brand's sales, and for just as long, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has replied with some version of "Mr. Piëch, drop it." According to a report in Ward's Auto, all that jousting might be over: it claims that sources close to both Marchionne and Audi CEO Rupert Stadler admit that the two are in talks for Audi to buy not just Alfa Romeo, but a production plant i