MUNICH -- Audi's management shuffle may happen by the start of the Frankfurt auto show in mid-September, several people familiar with the matter told Reuters, with four of the board's seven members to be replaced.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler will keep his job unless new evidence emerges that would indicate he knew about diesel-emmissions cheating at the carmaker.
"He still enjoys the confidence of the Porsche and Piech families," one of the people said on Tuesday, referring to the clan that controls Audi parent, Volkswagen Group. "Something significant would have to pop up to change that."
Audi's supervisory board plans to replace finance chief Axel Strotbek, production chief Hubert Waltl, human resources chief Thomas Sigi and sales chief Dietmar Voggenreiter, sources said last month.
Peter Koessler, the chief of Audi's plant in Gyor, Hungary, is seen as a likely candidate to replace Waltl. VW manager Wendelin Goebel, a confidant of VW CEO Matthias Mueller and Stadler, may succeed Sigi.
Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe, separately reported that VW commercial vehicles sales chief Bram Schot will replace Voggenreiter as sales chief and Alexander Seitz, who has been in charge of procurement at VW's Brazil operations, will be the new finance chief.
The sources told Reuters that no formal decision had been made yet.
Audi and Volkswagen both declined to comment.
An Audi engineer was arrested in July in connection with the diesel scandal and his lawyers say he has made serious accusations against top managers. But prosecutors say that Stadler and other Audi executives are not suspected of criminal action.
Audi is the biggest contributor of profits to VW Group and is grappling with car recalls, prosecutor investigations and persistent criticism from unions and managers over its part in the VW emissions scandal.