INGOLSTADT, Germany, March 15 Audi
Chief Executive Rupert Stadler said his
private home was not searched by prosecutors as part of a raid
on the carmaker's premises on Wednesday.
"I have all along supported efforts to clear up the diesel
issue at Audi," Stadler told journalists during a news
conference at Audi's headquarters on Wednesday.
Stadler declined comment on the possibility that ongoing
investigations could bring about further personnel changes and
referred to moves announced previously.
Peter Mertens, senior vice president for R&D at Volvo Car
Corporation, will take up his position as head of technical
development at Audi on May 1, the CEO said, replacing former R&D
boss Stefan Knirsch, who left the manufacturer in connection
with the emissions scandal.
Separately, sales chief Dietmar Voggenreiter played down a
24-percent plunge in two-month Chinese deliveries as temporary,
reflecting uncertainty among dealers about the implications of a
new joint venture agreement.
Also, finance chief Axel Strotbek said he currently did not
expect the need to further increase provisions for Dieselgate
beyond the 1.63 billion euros ($1.73 billion) Audi has set aside
($1 = 0.9412 euros)
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Maria Sheahan)