In this file photo taken on September 12, 2017 Rupert Stadler, CEO of German car producer Audi AG, is pictured at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. / AFP / Daniel ROLAND
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Volkswagen was holding crisis talks Monday to find a stand-in boss for its Audi brand, a source familiar with the discussions said, after German authorities arrested Audi CEO Rupert Stadler as part of a probe into emissions test cheating.VW has for years said only lower-level managers knew of the emissions cheating, but U.S. authorities filed criminal charges against former VW boss Martin Winterkorn earlier this year, and Munich prosecutors widened their probe into Audi this month.On Monday, VW and Audi directors were discussing the leadership crisis in separate meetings, with one source saying Dutchman Bram Schot was the front runner to become interim Audi chief.Audi and VW said Stadler was presumed innocent unless proved otherwise.Stadler has been under fire since Audi admitted in November 2015 -- two months after parent VW -- that it also installed illegal "defeat device" software to cheat U.S. emissions tests.Stadler has held onto his post mainly thanks to the backing of members of VW's controlling Porsche-Piech families.Last week, German prosecutors fined VW 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) over the scandal.
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