Porsche’s Powertrain Boss Arrested in Connection with Dieselgate

The Dieselgate scandal continues, as Joerg Kerner, Porsche’s head of powertrain development, was arrested earlier today by German police.

Kerner is being detained because he is considered a flight risk, according to a report from Automotive News.

The arrest follows a raid on Porsche and Audi offices earlier this week, where prosecutors searched 10 premises in Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg. The police said they were investigating three individuals, but no names were released.

Regarded as a confidant of Matthias Mueller’s, who prior to becoming CEO of the VW Group (a post he left just last week) was the CEO of Porsche, Kerner started his tenure in the VW Group at Audi in 2004.

There, he played a central role in the design of Audi’s engine and transmission electronics design. That, in turn, was the area of interest in the Dieselgate scandal, since engine and transmission software was used to game emissions testing equipment. 

According to Automotive News Kerner also worked closely with Wolfgang Hatz, the VW Group’s former top engineer, who was arrested last year.

[source: Automotive News]