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Former VW Executive To Plead Guilty in Diesel Scam

Oliver Schmidt faced 169 years in prison on 11 felony counts.

by on Jul.25, 2017

Former VW manager Oliver Schmidt is the only official currently in U.S. custody.

Oliver Schmidt, one of nine current and former employees charged in connection with Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scam, has agreed to plead guilty, according to a federal court spokesman in Detroit.

A one-time senior engineer based in Michigan where he ran VW’s U.S. environmental operations, Schmidt was accused of helping to cover up the automaker’s efforts to rig two diesel engines so they would illegally pass emissions tests. Since the ruse was uncovered in late 2015, the German automaker has had to pay out around $30 billion in fines, fees and for a buyback program covering about 500,000 vehicles sold in the U.S.

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Schmidt would be the second VW employee to plead guilty to charges related to the diesel scam, 62-year-old James Robert Liang the first to do so last September. Like Liang, Schmidt is expected to get a break by agreeing to aid the ongoing investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Separate criminal investigations are underway in Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz Parent Daimler Recalling 3m Diesels to Fix Emissions Systems

Porsche CEO says maker may abandon diesel technology.

by on Jul.18, 2017

Mercedes decided not to offer diesel models, like this ML320 BlueTec, in the U.S. for 2017.

Daimler AG plans to spend about $255 million to recall and repair 3 million diesel vehicles that are at the center of a probe looking at whether the automaker rigged them to illegally pass emissions tests.

The automaker has been accused of using a so-called “defeat device,” an approach similar to that used by Volkswagen AG to rig 11 million diesel vehicles sold around the world. The Daimler recall, for now, is limited to models sold in Europe. But an investigation is underway in the U.S., as well, the Environmental Protection Agency stating it is “continuing to evaluate light-duty vehicles from a number of manufacturers.”

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Separately, the CEO of Porsche AG said the automaker is considering whether to halt the sale of diesels all together. Porsche shared one of the two rigged diesels produced by its parent Volkswagen in a number of different models.

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Excess Diesel Emissions Killing 38,000 Annually, Says New Report

Emissions tests fail to reflect real-world driving.

by on May.16, 2017

A new study reveals more than 38,000 people die around the world due to the pollutants that diesel engines emit into the air.

At least 38,000 people worldwide die each year because diesel vehicles routinely exceed emissions standards in real-world driving conditions, according to a new report published in the scientific journal Nature.

On average, diesel vehicles produce at least 50% more particulate soot, smog-causing oxides of nitrogen and other pollutants than would appear to be the case based on static emissions tests, the study revealed.

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“The consequences of excess diesel NOx emissions for public health are striking,” wrote Susan Anenberg of Environmental Health Analytics, one of the members of the team that conducted the new research study. (more…)

Daimler Cautions it Could Be Target for Diesel Penalties and Recalls

Warning comes days after court approves $2.8b VW diesel fine.

by on Apr.26, 2017

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec is one a number of different Daimler diesels.

Daimler AG is finding itself in the crosshairs and wondering whether it could be the next target in a crackdown on diesel emissions scams.

The automaker today issued an advisory that it could face penalties, which could mean fines and recalls, as regulators in the U.S. and abroad look to see if the German luxury maker violated rules covering its various diesel models. Authorities have been taking a close look at claims made by a number of manufacturers in the wake of revelations that Volkswagen used a so-called “defeat device” to illegally pass U.S. diesel emissions tests.

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“In light of the ongoing governmental information requests, inquiries and investigations, and our own internal investigation, it cannot be ruled out that the authorities might reach the conclusion that Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles have similar functionalities,” Daimler said in its newly released quarterly report.

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Other Automakers Cheating on Diesel? Not So Fast.

“No hard evidence,” though NOx numbers do exceed standards.

by on Oct.09, 2015

Diesels are inherently dirty, though modern pollution control systems can clean them up - if used properly.

In the wake of the VW diesel emissions scandal, a series of reports have suggested that other manufacturers might also be cheating, rigging their vehicles to do well on government tests while producing far more pollution in the real world.

The latest is a report in British newspaper The Guardian, its headline blaring, “Wide range of cars emit more pollution in realistic driving tests, data shows.” The paper cites real world test results from a UK lab that supposedly show some European diesel models emit up to 20 times the smog-causing oxides of nitrogen as EU rules permit.

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But that’s no surprise, and not necessarily a problem – never mind anything illegal — stressed Nick Molden, the CEO of that lab, Emissions Analytics, in an exclusive interview with TheDetroitBureau.com and NBCNews.

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VW To Begin Diesel Recall in January – if it Gets EPA Nod

by on Oct.07, 2015

New VW CEO Matthias Mueller says the maker faces an "evolution," not a "revolution."

Volkswagen’s new CEO Matthias Mueller hopes to see a recall affecting as many as 11 million of the German maker’s diesel vehicles begin in January – but for the 482,000 of those cars sold in the U.S., VW must still win regulatory approval for the planned retrofit.

Even as Volkswagen moves ahead with plans to fix vehicles equipped with software designed to cheat on emissions tests, its problems are mounting. Among other things, the Senate Finance Committee has opened a probe investigating whether the carmaker falsely claimed more than $50 million in tax credits for meeting emissions standards.

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“If all goes according to plan, we can start the recall in January. All the cars should be fixed by the end of 2016,” Mueller says in an interview published today by the German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, or FAZ. But that timetable might be difficult to meet, especially in the U.S., where the scandal was originally touched off last month.

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Chrysler, Other Automakers Could Be Swept Up in Emissions Cheating Scandal

Daimler, BMW insist they didn’t rig diesel tests.

by on Sep.25, 2015

The tainted VW diesel was used by other manufacturers for such models as this Dodge Avenger.

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German authorities now say 2.8 million Volkswagen diesel vehicles sold in that country “are affected” by the maker’s rigging of emissions tests. But VW may not be the only maker implicated. The suspect turbodiesel engine used by Volkswagen apparently also was sold to several other manufacturers, including Chrysler and Mitsubishi for use in some of their European models.

Regulators there and in the U.S. are planning to expand random testing to include not just VW models but diesel vehicles sold by other manufacturers. Several reports from Europe indicate that some Daimler AG and BMW models might also exceed emissions standards, though it is unclear if that implies any intentional efforts to game the testing process.

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For their part, the two makers insist they have followed the letter of the law, both in Europe and in other markets including the United States.

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Is Your Diesel Dirty? And Other Key Questions About the VW Cheating Scandal

10 questions on the VW diesel crisis and auto industry cheating.

by on Sep.25, 2015

BMW disputes reports its X3 model -- shown here at its debut -- doesn't meet emissions rules.

Both BMW and Daimler AG, parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands, have issued formal statements insisting they did not cheat on diesel emissions tests, unlike German rival Volkswagen and its Audi brand.

VW now has acknowledged that 11 million vehicles – including 482,000 sold in the U.S. – were secretly fitted with software designed to help them pass emissions tests. Otherwise, the vehicles delivered increased performance and better mileage but also produced up to 40 times the permissible level of noxious emissions.

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Are other automakers cheating? And why would they? What about you, if you’re a diesel owner or still thinking about buying one? Here are some key questions and answers.

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Justice Dept. Launches VW Cheating Probe

List of maker’s problems continues to grow.

by on Sep.21, 2015

The real battle for world dominance will be in China where VW is firmly entrenched.

VW's scandal comes at a time when the maker is struggling to regain momentum in the U.S.

The U.S. Department has reportedly launched a probe into allegations Volkswagen intentionally rigged emissions tests of a number of diesel-powered vehicles sold in the U.S. market.

The latest development comes three days after the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the recall of nearly 500,000 VW and Audi models because they used a so-called “defeat device” to help pass emissions tests, but automatically deactivating some of the onboard pollution control equipment after the tests were complete.

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The automaker has acknowledged it acted improperly, CEO Martin Winterkorn issuing a statement Sunday in which he said he was “personally…deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public.”

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Diesel Recall Likely Only the Start of VW’s Problems

Caught cheating, German maker facing lawsuits, stock price plunge, possible criminal investigation and billions in fines.

by on Sep.21, 2015

The diesel scandal could cost billions - and set back VW's plans to become world's best-seller.

Accused of cheating on emissions standards, Volkswagen and its upscale Audi brand have been ordered to recall nearly 500,000 diesel cars sold in the U.S. – but that is likely to be only the start of the problems facing the German maker.

Within hours of the announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency, several high-profile law firms had already weighed in, threatening potentially costly class action lawsuits. That’s on top of multi-billion dollar fines Volkswagen could be subject to. The maker may also be targeted by the U.S. Justice Department for creating a so-called “defeat device” to get around strict diesel emissions standards. The mounting list of challenges has already caused a massive sell-off of Volkswagen stock.

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“I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public,” Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a statement issued over the weekend. “We at Volkswagen will do everything that must be done in order to re-establish the trust,” he said, adding that the maker will work openly with authorities investigating the alleged scam.

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