If you didn't think the diesel scandal at Volkswagen could get any worse, think again.
Let's begin with the former CEO at Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn. Reuters is reporting that German prosecutors have opened an investigation into Winterkorn into "allegations of fraud in the sale of cars with manipulated emissions data" based on ten unidentified individuals filing charges. Now Winterkorn has said that he wasn't aware of any wrongdoing on his part in light of this scandal.
There is a report from Automotive News Europe that says three r&d heads at Volkswagen have been suspended. The three are,
- Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg
- Porsche development head Wolfgang Hatz
- VW brand r&d boss Heinz-Jakob Neusser
Those with keen eyes will notice two of these folks, Hackenberg and Hatz were rumored to be shown the door last week.
Now Hackenberg and Hatz previously ran units at the heart of the Volkswagen diesel scandal. Hackenberg was responsible for Volkswagen development from 2007 to 2013, while Hatz oversaw Volkswagen group's engine development from 2007 to 2011.
Audi and Volkswagen declined to comment.