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Toyota Rules Out Using Diesel Hybrids

Maker avoids diesels despite ability to improve mileage.

by on Jun.23, 2017

Toyota isn't to be producing any hybrids using a diesel engine any time the near term, an executive said.

Skepticism of diesel engines runs deep among carmakers and governments in East Asia, where the influential automakers in South Korea, Japan and China have avoided major investments in diesel power because of concerns about costs, pollution and public health.

Even European companies, such as Volkswagen AG and the French company PSA, have elected to limit the use of diesel engines in the Chinese market.

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A Toyota Motor executive this week ruled out the possibility of rolling out hybrid models powered by diesel engines in the near future.  (more…)

VW CEO Mueller Target of Criminal Probe

Despite concerns about role in diesel scandal, Audi CEO Stadler gets new contract.

by on May.17, 2017

VW CEO Matthias Mueller his now at the center of an investigation by German prosecutors over the ongoing diesel emissions scandal.

Already focused on a number of former Volkswagen employees, German prosecutors today said they are also investigating the possible role CEO Matthias Mueller may have played in the attempt to cover up VW’s diesel emissions scandal.

Specifically, Mueller and at least two others may have failed to properly informed regulators and investors soon enough once they learned that Volkswagen engineers had developed a so-called defeat device in an attempt to fool diesel vehicle emissions tests.

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Even while the probe expands, however, news reports from Germany indicate Rupert Stadler, the CEO of VW’s Audi luxury brand, will have his contract extended five years. Though well-rated for his handling of Audi overall, Stadler has come under fire for his own, alleged role in the diesel scandal. (more…)

VW’s Mueller Under Investigation Over Diesel Scandal

Move comes from his time as head of Porsche.

by on May.10, 2017

VW CEO Matthias Mueller is under investigation over his role in VW's diesel scandal while he led Porsche.

Volkswagen’s woes related to its diesel scandal continue as Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller is now under investigation in Germany.

Prosecutors are investigating the possibility that he did not fully disclose details of the company’s emissions scandal to investors, according to multiple reports.

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Until now, Mueller managed to remain above the diesel investigatory fray. Other VW executives, most notably former CEO Martin Winterkorn, who denied any involvement, but resigned anyway, have been caught up in the churn of queries over the 2015 emissions scandal. (more…)

Daimler Calls It Quits on U.S. Diesels for 2017

Company hasn’t decided if it will pull diesels long-term.

by on May.10, 2017

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec is one a number of different Daimler diesels that won't be coming to America.

Volkswagen’s leaders reiterated today that the automaker’s future in the U.S. doesn’t include diesel engines, and Daimler AG’s leadership is following a similar path.

The company’s automotive unit, Mercedes-Benz, ended its attempted to get its diesel engines certified for sale in the U.S. for 2017. However, unlike VW, it hasn’t made a decision about its long-term plans for diesels in America.

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“We constantly review our portfolio offerings and make adjustments to meet immediate customer need,” Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran said in an email to Reuters. “Combined with the increased effort to certify diesel engines in the US, we have put the certification process for diesel passenger cars on hold.” (more…)

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…)