After months during which Volkswagen Group's Audi brand largely managed to avoid the torrent of ugly emissions-cheating scandal headlines, it finds itself increasingly in the crosshairs of U.S. justice officials.
Following September's ouster of Stefan Knirsch in connection with the scandal, Audi reportedly is having trouble filling the post of development chief.
The German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported last week that "Audi won't be in a position to fill the board seat until the law firm Jones Day completes its investigation into the automaker's role in the Volkswagen emissions scandal. No date has been set for when the investigation will come to an end."
CEO Rupert Stadler might also be more cautious this time after naming Knirsch as the replacement for scandal casualty Ulrich Hackenberg. Knirsch, after all, was a risky appointment, having served as head of powertrain development, ground zero of the fraud. In the end he lasted just nine months.