Porsche Powertrain Chief Reportedly Arrested

German news media reports that Jörg Kerner was arrested in connection to VW's diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

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Another arrest has been made in connection with Volkswagen's diesel emissions-cheating scandal. reports Porsche powertrain boss Jörg Kerner has been arrested, and is now in custody. Kerner joined Audi's powertrain development team in 2004 after working for nearly two decades at Bosch.

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Jörg Kerner
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Automotive News reports that Kerner worked alongside with former Porsche R&D head Wolfgang Hatz, who was Audi powertrain chief from 2001 to 2007 and was arrested last year. In an internal memo, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said "we reject these allegations and will do our utmost to clear up the matter."

earlier this week that German prosecutors are investigating three current and former Porsche managers including one current board member. Properties in Bavaria and Badden-Wuerttemberg have been searched, according to the Stuttgart prosecutors office.

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Policemen enter a Porsche building in Stuttgart on 4/18/18.
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The former employee under investigation hasn't been reported, but the board member is apparently Michael Steiner, who took over for Hatz as R&D chief in 2016.

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