Stadler has left the board of administration of Audi mum or dad firm Volkswagen (VLKAF) and stepped down as chairman of the premium model’s administration board, the autos group mentioned in an announcement Tuesday.

“Due to his ongoing pretrial detention, he is unable to fulfill his duties as a member of the board of management and wishes to concentrate on his defense,” the assertion mentioned of Stadler.

Volkswagen beforehand mentioned that Stadler could be thought of harmless till confirmed responsible. Audi tapped its high gross sales government to steer the corporate after Stadler was detained.

The German carmaker has admitted that it rigged hundreds of thousands of diesel engines to cheat on emissions checks.

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Diesel vehicles from Volkswagen and its Audi subsidiary cheated on clear air guidelines with software program that made emissions look much less poisonous than they really have been.

The scandal despatched its share price plunging, and trashed confidence amongst shopper and regulators in diesel know-how. The episode has already price Volkswagen greater than $30 billion in remembers, authorized penalties and settlements.

In a separate announcement on Tuesday, Volkswagen mentioned it will provide incentives to clients in Germany who wished to swap older diesel vehicles for cleaner fashions.

Martin Winterkorn, the previous chief government officer of Volkswagen, was indicted by US prosecutors in Could. He was charged with wire fraud, and conspiracy to defraud American clients and violate the Clear Air Act.
Matthias Mueller, who was introduced in to switch Winterkorn, stepped down earlier this yr and was changed by BMW (BMWYY) veteran Herbert Diess.

Diess acknowledged at a press convention in April that Volkswagen had “lost a great deal of trust,” and that it will take years to revive public confidence within the automaker.

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