The change in CEO comes midst German prosecutors widening their enquiry into the diesel emissions scandal.
On Friday, Bild, a German business daily has reported, the CEO of Audi, Volkswagen’s luxury brand, Rupert Stadler, is most likely to be replaced by Winfried Vahland in April 2018.
His departure from the top job comes because of his handling of the diesel emissions scandal.
Vahland now head’s VW’s Skoda brand.
Audi was not immediately available for comment.
Stadler, who has been running Audi since 2007, has faced mounting criticism of his handling of the diesel emission cheating scandal in the U.S. Despite the criticism, in May 2017, VW supervisory board unanimously voted to extend his contract by another five years.
At that time, Stadler had said Audi would continue to address the scandal “until the job is done,” promising to make law and ethics its “ultimate benchmark”.
In November 2015, Audi had admitted that its 3.0 liter V6 diesel engines were fitted with an auxiliary control device, which were illegal in the U.S., which helped its vehicles evade U.S. emissions limits.
This issue has come back to haunt the carmaker, since earlier this month, German prosecutors brought the matter in focus and searched Audi’s headquarters and one of its plants.