Journalists “Süddeutsche Zeitung” brought the scandal to roll. It came to light that the order of the placed models and the number of votes cast had been manipulated for years. Car manufacturers were at a distance, the whole system ADAC was questioned. Head of Communications Michael Ramstetter and ADAC President Peter Meyer resigned, also Managing Director Charles Obermair went. He had initially referred to the allegations as “innuendo and falsehoods”. The reputational damage for the club, for many people the epitome of solidity and confidence was gigantic.
With the help of external experts, the Auto Club enacted a reform process. December 2014 approved an extraordinary general meeting the plans and made the August and then acting to make Markl new club president.