Dieselgate is the automotive scandal that keeps on giving, like a crash on the highway playing out in slow motion. We finally have a casualty that is high on the totem pole, Stefan Knirsch, or Audi’s R&D chief as well as a member of the company’s board.
According to a Reuters report, Knirsch allegedly knew all about the software used to cheat emissions requirements for the 3.0-liter TDI. Volkswagen is still hammering out a deal to either fix or buy back all vehicles using that engine.
Before, Volkswagen brass blamed the whole Dieselgate scandal on “rogue engineers,” because it’s just easier to pin it on the little guys. Thanks to multiple investigations into the scandal, the guys with the nice corner office could start paying the price, at least to an extent. The guy who had Knirsch’s job before him was suspended as well, along with a couple of other executives.
Sadly, in cases like these top executives often are able to escape any serious repercussions for their wrongdoings. It’s possible Knirsch could have a new job lined up by now, even if it’s not in the automotive industry.