The organizers of televised U.S. awards exhibits, who yearly serve up an evening of lectures, sermons, hypocrisy, and guilt for an more and more small viewers, ought to understand that the present doesn’t essentially have to go on.
It’s definitely not happening in Germany. Axel Springer, a prime publishing home for quite a few German media sources, together with AutoBild, has now wrestled the distinguished Golden Steering Wheel award out of everybody’s palms. There’ll be no thanking of grade faculty academics by auto execs this yr. Blame, nicely, the auto business.
Apparently, there’s a lot scandal emanating from an business rocked by legal investigations and fines ensuing from diesel emissions manipulation, organizers felt is can be too bizarre to go on with the present. This week’s arrest of Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was doubtless the ultimate straw.
Stadler (seen above in a happier second) was arrested in Munich after investigators raided his residence and office. Accused of fraud, Stadler is being held in custody after a decide dominated the now-former CEO may attempt to destroy proof associated to Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal (or bolt) if launched.
A cloud of suspicion hangs over different former and present executives. Former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn is the topic of an official probe, as is present CEO Mathias Müller. Punitive fines hit VW earlier this month. Daimler AG was ordered to recall three-quarters of one million automobiles simply final week.
The one factor this example doesn’t have is intercourse, and thank goodness for that.
“We love automobiles. The individuals who construct, purchase and drive them are our clients in addition to our readers,” stated Marion Horn, editor-in-chief of Bild am Sonntag, in a Friday assertion reported by Bloomberg. “However now just isn’t the time to grant awards and have fun.”
The primary Golden Steering Wheel awards landed within the arms of auto executives in 1978. It’s possible the glitz and glamour will return subsequent yr.
[Image: Audi AG]
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