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VW Gets EPA Approval to Sell Off Remaining 2015 Diesels

German maker reaches agreement with 10 states over enviro claims.

by on Mar.30, 2017

Volkswagen can now sell the "new" diesels that have sitting in limbo since the EPA ordered them to stop selling the vehicles in fall 2015.

Volkswagen has reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency that will allow it to sell off about 67,000 diesel vehicles that have been in limbo since the EPA accused the German maker of cheating on emissions tests in September 2015.

The EPA previously approved a fix for about 70,000 VW diesel vehicles already in consumer hands. But the carmaker will still have to repurchase roughly 500,000 vehicles using its 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel engines that cannot be brought into compliance with Clear Air Act standards.

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Separately, VW on Thursday said that it had reached an agreement with 10 states about environmental and consumer claims related to the diesel emissions scandal. The deal will cost the maker an estimated $157.45 million, but in a statement, VW said, it “avoids further prolonged and costly litigation,” and will let the carmaker “work to earn back the trust of its customers, regulators and the public.” (more…)

Volkswagen Pleads Guilty to Three Felony Counts in Diesel Scandal

Judge agrees to consider motion from owners.

by on Mar.10, 2017

Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felony counts in U.S. District Court in Detroit today.

This story has been updated with new information.

Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felony counts in U.S. District court in Detroit as part of a $4.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice.

The guilty pleas were a first for VW, which had never pleaded guilty to any criminal charges before — ever, according to VW officials.

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“Your honor, VW AG is pleading guilty to all three counts because it is guilty on all three counts,” said VW general counsel Manfred Doess while entering plea on the company’s behalf. He flew from Germany to Detroit for the trial. (more…)

Volkswagen Manager Arraigned on Diesel Charges in Detroit

Schmidt one of six managers being investigated.

by on Feb.23, 2017

Another former Volkswagen executive was arraigned in court: one of six under investigation.

One of the six Volkswagen executives at the center of the automaker’s diesel emmissions scandal, Oliver Schmidt, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Detroit today.

Schmidt, 48, who was arrested in Miami while traveling from Cuba to Germany, is accused of being part of a collaborative effort to intentionally develop a device that could cheat on U.S. emissions test.

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The “cheat devices” allowed VW’s diesels to pass emissions tests in a lab, but then would shut off when the vehicles weren’t in “test mode.” This allowed for better fuel economy results, but the emissions levels could be as high as 40 times what’s allowable by law. (more…)

VW’s Diesel Bill Rises to $25 Billion the US

If fixes aren't approved, payout could rise to $28 billion.

by on Feb.14, 2017

Volkswagen agreed to pay another $1.22 billion today, bringing its total to $25 billion to settle its diesel scandal in the U.S.

Volkswagen AG’s diesel bill is now up to $25 billion.

That’s at least what Volkswagen will pay to resolve its diesel cheating scandal after U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave preliminary approval to a plan allowing the German automaker to pay at least $1.22 billion to fix or buy back 80,000 3.0-liter diesels in the U.S.

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Breyer also agreed to a preliminary hearing for Robert Bosch GmbH’s settlement case, which would pay U.S. owners $327.5 million for the polluting diesels. (more…)

US, Euro Investigators Casting Wider Net for Diesel Emissions Cheating

FCA, Renault accused of beating the system.

by on Jan.13, 2017

FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne angrily denied charges that the company cheated to pass diesel emissions tests.

Volkswagen may not be the only company guilty of cheating diesel emissions. If new accusations are to be believed, Fiat Chrysler and Renault may be guilty of cheating the standards in the U.S. and Europe as well.

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler of also using software to beat diesel emissions tests. The charge was flatly denied by the automaker.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday to investigate the possibility that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV deceptively marketed its diesel-powered SUVs and trucks. (more…)

VW Crawls Closer to Diesel Resolution with $4.3B Settlement

Any deal would preclude authorities arresting employees.

by on Jan.11, 2017

Volkswagen is inching closer to closing the books on its diesel emissions scandal with a $4.3 billion settlement.

Volkswagen AG appears to be one very expensive step closer to winding up its diesel emissions scandal case in the U.S. after agreeing to pay a $4.3 billion settlement for the impact of rigging its diesels to cheat U.S. requirements.

The proposed deal with the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection forces VW to enter a guilty plea regarding “certain U.S. criminal-law provisions.” Also the agreement, which isn’t final yet, forces the automaker to be subject to an independent monitor for the next three years.

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VW officials said the settlement “is still subject to the approval by the management board and the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG.” The Justice Department declined to comment. (more…)

VW Gets Go-Ahead to Repair 60,000 Late-Model Diesels

Fix gives alternative to buyback on 2015 models with 2-liter engine.

by on Jan.06, 2017

Volkswagen received approval to repair more than 58,000 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines.

Volkswagen has been given the go-ahead to repair more than 58,000 late-model vehicles sold in the U.S. using its 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, the first time a fix has been authorized by regulators in both the U.S. and California.

Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the automaker claim the remedy will maintain current fuel economy numbers, as well as the performance and reliability of the affected models. VW had built a reputation for delivering good mileage and performance with its diesels but in September 2015, the government revealed that the maker rigged emissions tests to achieve those additional goals.

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“This is an important step,” the automaker said in a statement. “We will now notify eligible customers in the United States that they can receive phase one of this modification at dealerships free of charge as soon as possible.” (more…)

VW Reaches Diesel Deal as Judge Warns Owners Not to Strip Cars Before Buyback

$2 Bil settlement covers 80,000 vehicles; includes 20,000 buybacks.

by on Dec.23, 2016

Volkswagen's plan for its 3.0-liter diesels includes buying back some 20,000 units.

Volkswagen has locked down a $2 billion deal covering 80,000 vehicles equipped with its rigged 3.0-liter turbodiesel, a federal judge in San Francisco has confirmed.

The settlement, accepted by plaintiffs representing VW, Porsche and Audi owners, will include the buyback of as many as 20,000 of those vehicles. But U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer issued a stern warning to those owners not to strip those cars and crossovers before attempting to qualify for the buyback.

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According to a report on Jalopnik, a Cincinnati man “completely stripped” his 2010 VW Golf diesel – which was covered by an earlier settlement involving 475,000 vehicles with 2.0-liter engines. The man reportedly removed even the hood, bumpers and seats, along with “a big portion of the interior.” VW rejected his car which could have gotten as much as $15,557 under the buyback. (more…)

Mazda Putting Diesel Engine into New CX-5

Engineers tweaked the oil burner for three years before approving it for the U.S.

by on Nov.17, 2016

Globally, Mazda will offer the new CX-5 with three SkyActiv powertrains, including a diesel.

Mazda Motor Corp. announced during its press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show that it will offer the SkyActiv 2.2-liter clean diesel as an option in the CX-5 utility vehicle, beginning in the second half of 2017.

“We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s executive vice president and representative director.

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The 2.2-liter diesel used in the all-new CX-5 for North America provides a torque-rich driving experience. It will meet the region’s strict emission standards and make the CX-5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, Marumoto said. (more…)

Judge Approves $14.7B VW Settlement

German maker will begin making good on offers immediately.

by on Oct.26, 2016

A federal judge approved the long-awaited $14.7 billion settlement for Volkswagen's diesel scandal.

A federal judge signed off the proposed $14.7 billion settlement for owners of Volkswagen cars with the 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said in his order approving the long-negotiated deal, said the settlement “in its current form is fair, adequate, and reasonable and is in the best interest of Class Members.”

Breyer noted in the order that the benefits under the order should be made immediately and the automaker committed to making that happen in a public statement about the newly approved agreement.

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“Final approval of the 2.0-liter TDI settlement is an important milestone in our journey to making things right in the United States, and we appreciate the efforts of all parties involved in this process,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Inc. (more…)