S tadler fears that an internal solution could lead to further involvement in the diesel scandal. In September, Audi had dismissed Stefan Knirsch, Chief Development Officer who had only been in office since January, because of involvement in the diesel scandal.
Internal solution preferred
Apparently the composition of the Chief Development Officer amounts to an internal solution. “We actually need someone from outside, but we don't have that much time,” said an Audi insider auto motor und sport . External people are banned for one year and need six months to familiarize themselves.
But the search for suitable candidates from the VW Group is difficult. According to information from auto motor und sport , Porsche boss Oliver Blume has already clearly signaled that he will not let any of his top people move to Audi. Internally, Seat's chief developer Matthias Rabe is named as a candidate for the Knirsch successor. However, Rabe doesn't just have friends in the company.