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Mueller Out, Diess In at VW – And More Shake-Ups Likely

Automaker restructuring into three groups and may be readying spin-off of truck group.

by on Apr.12, 2018

New VW CEO Herbert Diess unveiled two EVs, including the Buzz microbus, at CEO.

Matthias Mueller, the executive often given credit with steering Volkswagen Group through the worst crisis in its post-War history, has been pushed aside, replaced as CEO by Herbert Diess, the head of the flagship VW brand.

The elevation of Diess comes at a time when Volkswagen is charting a path that calls for greater sales and profits, lower costs, and a decreasing dependence on the diesels that had been a foundation, albeit a troubled one, for the company. Diess will also oversee a restructuring that will reform the parent company into three groups and could lead to the eventually spin-off of its truck and bus division.

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The 64-year-old Mueller was elevated to CEO in 2015, following revelations that VW had rigged its diesel engines to illegally pass emissions tests. He “has done outstanding work for the Volkswagen Group,” the automakers said in a statement, work that included dealing with angry regulators, shareholders and owners and negotiating settlements, fines and buybacks that ultimately are expected to cost VW about $30 billion in the U.S. alone.

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Volkswagen CEO Mueller Likely to Be Replaced by VW Brand Boss Diess

Mueller helped company weather diesel scandal, but Diess seen as change agent.

by on Apr.11, 2018

Prior to being tapped to head VW after its diesel scandal broke, Matthias Mueller ran Porsche.

Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller is expected to be forced out at a management meeting Friday, with VW brand boss Herbert Diess expected to replace him, according to reports out of Germany.

The shake-up, which has apparently been in the works for months, has the blessing of some of VW’s top shareholders, as well as its chairman and powerful labor chief. It will mark the most extensive management moves since shortly after the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal broke in September 2015.

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VW issued a short statement noting it is considering “a further development of the management structure of the group which would also be associated with personnel changes in the board of management.” The statement hinted that changes under study “could include” the naming of a new CEO, adding that Mueller himself “showed his willingness to contribute,” suggesting the 64-year-old executive might voluntarily step aside rather than fight to retain his post. He is currently under a contract set to continue through 2020.

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VW Begins Installing 2,800 Charging Stations Across US

Move is part of its restitution for dieselgate.

by on Dec.18, 2017

VW is installing 2,800 chargers across the U.S. as part of its dieselgate penalties. They won't be limited use by Volkswagen owners.

Volkswagen’s been fined and penalized to the tune of about $30 billion for its dieselgate scandal and now some cash is going to be put in to practice as the company announced it will begin installing 2,800 electric vehicle charging stations around the U.S.

Through its Electrify America subsidiary, VW will spend $2 billion to install the chargers at about 500 sites in 17 of the largest cities across the U.S. The first stations should be functional by next summer, according to the company.

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The company will spend $800 million of the $2 billion in California, where the bulk of electric vehicles are in service. However, several other “non-EV” areas will see charging stations installed in areas like housing developments or office complexes. (more…)

Feds Approve Fix for VW’s 3.0-liter Diesels

Move will avoid buyback of 38,000 SUVs sold in U.S.

by on Oct.23, 2017

A VW Touareg with the 3.0-liter TDI is part of the automaker's diesel scandal and has been approved to be repaired.

Volkswagen has been given the go ahead to repair about 38,000 VW, Audi and Porsche SUVs equipped with 3.0-liter turbodiesels the German maker had originally rigged to illegally pass U.S. emissions tests.

Earlier this year, U.S. and California regulators approved similar repairs for about 326,000 VW and Audi products using a 2.0-liter diesel engine that had also been altered. All told, VW has admitted using “defeat device” software on nearly 500,000 diesel vehicles sold in the U.S., and more than 11 million cars and trucks sold worldwide.

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It has since agreed to about $30 billion in fines and penalties, though the approval of a fix for the larger engine could save the German carmaker as much as $1 billion, according to a letter released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today. (more…)

VW Doubles Warranty Hoping to Put Diesel Scandal in Rearview Mirror

But cost of emissions scam surges past $30 bil mark.

by on Sep.29, 2017

The 2018 VW Golf family will come under the new People First Warranty program.

Volkswagen is doubling the bumper-to-bumper warranty on its U.S. Line-up to six years and 72,000 miles, it announced during a Detroit news event on Friday.

The move affects its entire range of models, extending the longer warranty it launched with the debut of the new Tiguan and Atlas SUV models earlier this year. Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubisi offer have 10/100 warranties, but only for powertrain coverage.

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The new warranties come as the German maker struggles to regain momentum lost in the wake of the emissions scandal that meant that it could no longer offer U.S. buyers the diesel options that had accounted for as much as a fifth of its sales in the American market. At the same time, VW announced it was taking an additional $2.9 billion charge to cover costs related to the scandal for the third quarter, bringing to $30 billion the expenses the rigging scheme has so far cost the company.

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As VW Engineer Sentenced to 40 Months Former CEO Faces New Allegations

Winterkorn said to have been told about diesel cheating earlier than first claimed.

by on Aug.25, 2017

VW diesel engineer James Liang was the first to plead guilty in the VW diesel scam case.

A one-time Volkswagen engineer who admitted playing a key role in the German automaker’s diesel emissions scandal has been sentenced by a Detroit federal judge to 40 months in prison and faces a $200,000 fine.

That was significantly more of a penalty than federal prosecutors originally had sought for James Liang, the first VW employee to plead guilty in a case that has now cost the company nearly $30 billion and led to the recall or buyback of millions of diesel-powered vehicles sold in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world.

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Separately, a former Volkswagen quality control engineer has told German prosecutors that he advised then-CEO Martin Winterkorn about the diesel rigging scandal on July 27, 2015. That was a month ahead of when Winterkorn and other members of the VW board had previously said they learned about the problem, and nearly two months before the scam was revealed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (more…)

VW Exec Pleads Guilty in Diesel Scandal

Schmidt becomes second VW employee to plead guilty.

by on Aug.04, 2017

Former VW manager Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

As expected, Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty for his role in the German automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. The plea came today in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

He is 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.

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Schmidt is expected to face up to seven years in prison and a fine of between $40,000 and $400,000 after admitting to conspiring to mislead U.S regulators and violating clean air laws, as part of the plea agreement, according to Reuters. (more…)

Volkswagen Penalized Again for Dieselgate Scandal

Maker not eligible for European Investment Bank loans.

by on Aug.03, 2017

VW's diesel scandal has had a secondary impact on the maker: no more low-cost R&D loans from the European Investment Bank.

For now, Volkswagen is no longer eligible for low-cost financing to help finance research and development from the European Investment Bank

The bank’s decision, which is part of the fallout from the diesel scandal that engulfed the company two years ago, comes as carmakers are scrambling to find money in the hunt for new technology.

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The hold on new loans came after the European Anti-Fraud Office, known as OLAF, concluded that Volkswagen misled authorities about how it used $472 million earmarked, at VW’s request, to help finance the development of cleaner more efficient engines.  (more…)

Audi Slashing $12b in Costs to Cover Electrification Goal

Luxury marque needs to offset cost of diesel emissions scandal.

by on Jul.31, 2017

Audi showed off its e-Tron Sportback Concept at this year's Shanghai Motor Show.

As it shifts away from its long dependence on diesel powertrains, Audi is looking to rapidly ramp up its electrification program, but the luxury arm of Volkswagen Group will have to slash spending to cover the costs of its new technology.

Audi intends to cut costs by 10 billion euros, or $12 billion, by 2022 to support its aggressive shift to electrification, according to a report by Germany’s Handelsblatt business publication.

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That money will help it bring to market five all-new battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, as well as a range of plug-in hybrids and conventional hybrids, according to the report.

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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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