Stadler was arrested after a warrant was issued by a Munich prosecutor, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported, adding that his personal flat had been searched by fraud investigators last week.
The group also said that an investigation is now ongoing and it is yet to be determined whether Stadler would be remanded following the arrest. Munich prosecutors told the state-owned broadcaster that they swooped on Stadler over fears he might try to suppress evidence in the ongoing Dieselgate investigation. Before becoming Audi CEO in 2007, Stadler worked as chief of staff to VW's former chairman Ferdinand Piech.
Munich prosecutors and Stadler himself were not immediately available for comment. Stadler, 55, has been placed on leave after Munich prosecutors took him into custody in the early hours at his home in Ingolstadt, Germany, they said.
Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges pressed against the company where two managers are serving prison time in US.
At 1040 GMT, VW shares were down 2.7 per cent at 156.70 euros, one of the biggest falls by a European blue-chip stock.
Stadler has been Audi CEO since January 2010.
The Audi probe: Audi has been accused of having sold at least 210,000 diesel-engine cars fitted with cheat software in the U.S. and Europe, starting in 2009. The 56-year-old executive was named to Audi's management board last year, long after the scandal erupted.
Stadler has held onto his post mainly thanks to the backing of members of VW's controlling Porsche-Piech families.
The infamous Dieselgate scandal surfaced in 2015 and has cost the Volkwagen Group billions of dollars.
The arrest comes just a week after German prosecutors fined Volkswagen $1.2 billion, Esme Nicholson reports for NPR from Berlin.
At least among Trump's hardline supporters, the response would inevitably refer back to Clinton and the email controversy. The Justice Department's handling of the investigation into Clinton was attacked by Democrats and Republicans alike.
He bogeyed the 11th, then made successive double bogeys on 13 and 14, including a four-putt on the 13th. His worst start to a major, his highest score at a US Open: the stats lined up like a charge-sheet.
Wallace went into yesterday's race in a pragmatic mood, knowing wishing doesn't tend to make racehorses run any faster. He won his first three races by a combined 19 lengths and made his trainer Bob Baffert a believer.
Kilimnik worked with Manafort in Ukraine during that time, and during the 2016 election they were reportedly in regular contact. Chuck Todd and Pete Williams speculate that this could force Manafort to flip on Trump , but that's a pretty weak speculation.
The backlash against Sony for blocking Fortnite cross-play on the PlayStation 4 with other console gamers is growing. If you happened to play Fortnite on a PlayStation 4 console, do not try to port the game onto your Nintendo Switch.
That's what we are trying to instil into the team. "We ask people to pay a lot of money to watch football. But he said: "I played wing-back in a five at the end of the season, which is how England play".
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez wasted several breaks, but it was his pass that found Lozano open on the left for the Mexico goal . For Loew, "we played badly", gave the Mexicans too much space, lost too many balls and rushed chances under pressure.
Germany , the World Cup champion, had never lost the first match of a title defense while Mexico had never beaten a reigning team. Germany looked shell-shocked by Mexico's verve and vigour, eventually falling behind 10 minutes before the break.
The goods on the list targeted specific industries that China identified as part of its Made in China 2025 plan. After China warned it would retaliate, Trump threatened tariffs on a further $100 billion of Chinese products.
Other commitments also didn't make it into the text, he said, including his own plan to halt " war games " with South Korea. Could North Korea's economy, the most isolated in the world, ever follow in the footsteps of Vietnam's?
Meghan's diamond and pearl earrings a gift from the Queen
The earrings the Duchess of Sussex wore on her visit to Cheshire were a touching gift from her new grandmother-in-law, the Queen . The queen and the Duchess of Sussex, as Markle is now known, travelled by a special royal train for a series of events Thursday.
Walmart not housing immigrants for DHS
The Tornillo site will take in 360 children in the coming days and expand from there, according to the department spokesperson. The facility, known as Casa Padre, is the largest shelter facility in the USA for minors caught crossing the border illegally.
Egypt coach ‘very optimistic’ Salah will play opener
He is one of the top players at the tournament, is a risky player, and it will not be an easy job to keep him quiet", said Suarez. Mo Salah and the Egyptian football team's sneaker and suit look: yay or nay? . "He is just a humble guy who has worked hard".
Minimum Wage Doesn’t Cover Rent Anywhere In The U.S.
As CityLab's analysis of the report notes, "NLIHC estimates that the average renter's hourly wage in the United States is $16.88". Still, at that salary, renters would need to work two full-time jobs to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to the study.
North Korea Says Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions After Meeting
At the truce village that divides the two Koreas, North Korean soldiers expressed enthusiasm for yesterday's Trump-Kim meeting. The likelihood of Kim Jong Un launching a first strike against the US , thereby bringing on " fire and fury ", was low.