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German Automakers Enduring More Diesel Scrutiny

Government regulators continue investigation of companies.

by on Sep.19, 2018

An Audi A3 TDI Sportback, one of the vehicles that was equipped with a rigged diesel engine.

German automakers are facing more headaches and potentially huge fines as the fallout from the “Dieselgate” scandal continues to seep through the legal and regulatory system in Europe and North America.

Antitrust regulators from the European Union are investigating if major German automakers, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen AG conspired to limit the rollout of emission technology used on diesel-powered vehicles heavily promoted by the three automakers.

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In the latest twist to the three-year-old “Dieselgate” scandal, the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation this week. The investigation comes a year after it raided the companies and two years after it slapped a record 2.93 billion euro ($3.4 billion) fine on a group of truck makers, including Daimler, for fixing prices and delaying the adoption of cleaner engine technology, according to Reuters. (more…)

Jaguar Land Rover Cutting Production to a Three-Day Week

Brexit issues, drop in diesel vehicle sales hurt Jaguar.

by on Sep.18, 2018

Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar-Land Rover, celebrates a win for the Velar as World Car Design of the Year.

Jaguar Land Rover plans to reduce the work schedules of some 2,000 production workers to three-day weeks at its Castle Bromwich plant in the West Midlands of England where the company builds several Jaguar vehicles.

The cutback comes as JLR faces pressure from uncertainty around Brexit. Additionally, a downturn in the sales of diesel-powered vehicles and the increasing popularity of sport-utility and crossover vehicles have hurt Jaguar’s sales.

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Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover confirmed it had scheduled the cut in its production schedule at the Castle Bromwich plant in England where JLR builds Jaguar XF, XJ and XE sedans and the F-Type sports car due to the “continuing headwinds” impacting the British car industry.  (more…)

Volkswagen AG’s Legal Woes Continue to Expand

Automaker enduring two diesel-scandal lawsuits in Germany.

by on Sep.13, 2018

Former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn is accused of failing to provide info about the diesel scandal soon enough.

Volkswagen AG’s legal woes from the fallout from rigging of diesel emissions tests continue to expand as it faces a class action lawsuit courtesy of a new law in Germany designed to protect the interests of consumers.

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations, or Vzbv, said it would undertake “pioneering work” with motorists’ lobby group ADAC, or General German Automobile Club, by filing for damages on behalf of Volkswagen owners with diesel engines.

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The class action was made possible after the German cabinet approved a law that allows consumer protection organizations to litigate on behalf of the consumers, avoiding the high costs of individual lawsuits.  (more…)

Investor Suit Against VW AG Gets Underway in Germany

Shareholders seeking $10.4 billion in damages.

by on Sep.11, 2018

The $10.4 billion investor lawsuit against Volkswagen AG is underway in Germany.

The trial to determine if Volkswagen AG executives disclosed critical information about the diesel scandal to investors in a timely manner has gotten underway.

Investors are seeking almost $10.4 billion, saying Volkswagen had not provided information they needed to decide what to do with their shares before the scandal became public.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused Volkswagen in September 2015 of manipulating diesel emissions, sending the shares sharply lower. The scandal also stranded billions of dollars in investment in diesel technology and shifted the entire industry’s trajectory away from diesel and toward battery electric vehicles. (more…)

Chevy Makes Colorado ZR2 Even More of an Off-Roader with New Bison

New variant marks collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles.

by on Sep.06, 2018

The Bison marks the first collaboration between Chevy and off-road aftermarket firm AEV.

Chevy gave its Colorado pickup some serious off-road chops with last year’s introduction of the ZR2, and now it’s pushing even further with the addition of the ZR2 Bison edition.

The latest variant of the midsize truck comes out of Chevrolet’s first collaboration with premium off-road aftermarket company American Expedition Vehicles, and it turns up the heat in a niche long dominated by Toyota’s Tacoma pickup.

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“More and more enthusiasts are discovering that Colorado is ideal for off-roading, especially overland travel,” said Sandor Piszar, the director of marketing for Chevrolet’s truck operations. “Bison offers customers an even more extreme turnkey off-road truck ready to tackle your next adventure.”

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Automakers Caught “In Limbo” As New CAFE Rules Face Major Legal Hurdles

Anticipated court battle could delay changes for years.

by on Aug.03, 2018

Automakers are caught in the middle over the CAFE debate and could face even more challenges if the proposed Trump rollback drags on in court.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the Trump Administration’s plan to roll back the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, automakers are finding themselves in what one long-time industry analyst calls “limbo,” and it could be a year or more before they’ll actually be able to incorporate the CAFE update into their plans due to anticipated legal challenges.

As a result, it could be well into the upcoming decade before the White House revisions actually have any significant impact, according to numerous industry executives who spoke to TheDetroitBureau.com, if any changes ever actually occur.

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There is the very real possibility that the courts could rule against the proposed changes or that the legal battle drags on long enough for a new administration to come into office and revert back to the guidelines established under the Obama White House. As a result, automakers and suppliers face a major conundrum when it comes to planning for products set to come out through the middle of the coming decade.

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EVs May be Rising, But Internal Combustion Not Just Going Away

Automakers continue to improve gas- and diesel-powered engines.

by on Aug.01, 2018

University of Michigan hosted a group of automotive engineers to discuss the future of internal combustion engines.

While autonomous and electric vehicles garner headlines, automakers are still making a concerted effort to refine the internal combustion engine, according to attendees at the University of Michigan conference on “Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century.”

In fact, automakers were granted more protection last year on innovation for 140-year-old technology than for electric cars, according to analytics platform Cipher, according to a report from Bloomberg.

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“The internal combustion engine will be around for a long time,” said Bruce Belzowski, managing director of the Automotive Futures at the University of Michigan and the organizer of the conference. At the same time automakers are facing tough new regulations on efficiency and emissions, he said. “It’s a global demand,” he said. (more…)

Remember the Kids Who Hated Cars? Millennials Now Propping Up the US Auto Industry

They’re finally starting to buy cars after all, finds a new study.

by on Jul.27, 2018

Not only are millennials buying new vehicles in large numbers, guess what kind of vehicles they're buying!?

According to conventional wisdom, you’ll still find millennials living at home, spending most of their time playing video games or connecting on Snapchat. The last thing they want to do is drive, and they’re as likely as not never having bothered to get a license.

Well, as often is the case, conventional wisdom isn’t always the real story. And new research from data tracking firm Experian reveals that lots of millennials not only have gotten licensed but also are now buying cars. In fact, so many of them are showing up at showrooms that they may help explain why new car sales haven’t tumbled the way they were expected to this year, after a weak 2017.

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“Millennials accounted for all new vehicle sales growth in the North American auto industry during the first quarter of 2018,” Marty Miller, a senior auto industry consultant with Experian, said during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com. (more…)

VW Diesel Owners in Settlement Cruising Up to Deadline

Car owners could miss out on more than $10K.

by on Jul.17, 2018

VW owners impacted by the diesel scandal are running up against a deadline to get their cash.

The clock is ticking on Volkswagen owners who are eligible to receive compensation for their vehicles as a result of the diesel cheat scandal from 2015.

The owners of diesels with the cheat were essentially divided by engine size. The owners of 2.0-liter diesels were part of the first settlement reached between the automaker and the U.S. government.

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Those vehicles account for about 95% of those owners qualify for the program since the deal was approved by a federal judge in October 2016, USA Today reported. In all, its nearly 475,000 cars that were eligible for that deal, which expires Sept. 1. (more…)

US Appeals Court Upholds $10B VW Deal With Diesel Owners

Court dismisses objections by small owners group to settlement.

by on Jul.09, 2018

Former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn was indicted by German authorities in May.

After a nearly two-year delay, a $10 billion settlement between Volkswagen AG and diesel car owners involved in the emissions cheating scandal has been approved by a U.S. appeals court.

The 9thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the deal delivered “tangible, substantial benefits” and the federal judge who approved it did more than enough to ensure it was fair, despite several objections from some owners.

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VW will spend up to $10 billion compensating owners of about 475,000 Volkswagens and Audi vehicles with 2.0-liter diesel engines.VW agreed to offer owners of the 2.0-liter vehicles between $5,100 and $10,000 in compensation, in addition to the estimated value of the vehicle. (more…)