Audi technical development boss Stefan Knirsch is set to be suspended over the ongoing investigation into the Volkswagen Group’s emissions scandal, according to Ingolstadt’s local newspaper Donaukurier.
Knirsch’s alleged suspension comes off the back of an investigation into the scandal by US law firm Jones Day. The investigation has allegedly revealed that the Audi board member is facing the end of his career at Audi, accusing him of being aware of manipulations to the emissions of 3.0-litre diesel engines long before it was revealed in September last year.
Audi has previously confirmed that its 3.0-litre V6 diesel unit was in fact fitted with emission-controlling software, which is illegal in the US where the scandal was initially uncovered. Volkswagen has previously said the cheat software was the work of some rogue engineers, but that claim has now come into question.
The publication stated that a meeting of Audi’s supervisory board (which approves the appointment or sacking of official board members) took place last Thursday, with the board allegedly being told that Knirsch was aware of the software.