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Audi reshuffles management board in the aftermath of emissions scandal

Volkswagen‘s premium automaker Audi revealed its most significant management reshuffle in years on Monday as it looks for a new beginning in the aftermath of the diesel emissions scandal.

Audi, which is the most significant factor of profits to the automaker, said it was replacing finance chief Axel Strotbek, production chief Hubert Waltl, personnels head Thomas Sigi and sales chief Dietmar Voggenreiter, efficient September 1.

Rupert Stadler, who has come under fire from the media and unions for his management of the group’s emissions scandal, stays in office, as expected.

The declaration offered no factor for the shake-up.

Individuals knowledgeable with the matter had flagged the management reshuffle to Reuters. One stated that Stadler had the support of the Porsche and Piech families that manage Volkswagen, which is why his contract was extended for more five years in May.

Audi is facing car recalls, prosecutor investigation and criticism from unions and managers regarding the diesel emissions scandal and its performance since its exposure in 2015.

Audi confessed in November 2015 that its 3.0 litre V6 diesel motor were installed with an auxiliary control gadget deemed unlawful in the United States that enabled cars to evade U.S. emissions limits.

While parent Volkswagen has accepted to spend approximately $25 billion in the United States to resolve claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealerships and has offered to buy back 500,000 polluting U.S. automobiles.

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