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VW Not Horsing Around With Diesel Allegations in Germany

German maker fighting back against recent ruling.

by on Jan.18, 2017

Volkswagen is now dealing with the repercussions of its diesel emissions scandal at home now.

Just as Volkswagen AG appears to be in the final stages of settling its diesel-emissions scandal in the U.S., the automaker is facing a load of trouble in its home country.

A panel of three judges in the German city of Hildesheim ruled that the automaker must take back a Skoda Yeti with the 2.0-liter TDI engine purchased in 2013 and pay the owner more than $28,000 for it.

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Suggesting the emission scandal was a scam and comparing it to another recent high-profile event in which horse meat was used in lasagna, the court said, “VW intentionally committed fraud and can’t defend itself by saying it hasn’t clarified who was responsible for software that allowed the vehicle to cheat on emissions tests,” according to Bloomberg. (more…)

Senior VW Managers Reportedly Warned to Stay Away from the U.S.

Five under indictment in diesel scandal remain in Germany.

by on Jan.13, 2017

Volkswagen is warning some of its executives to avoid traveling to the U.S. due to their involvement its the diesel scandal.

With six of its current or former managers facing indictment in the U.S. for their role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen is reportedly advising senior officials not to travel to the United States.

During a news conference this week announcing a $4.3 billion settlement of its VW investigation, U.S. Department of Justice officials said they were not only going after a “faceless” corporation, but also seeking to hold responsible “flesh-and-blood individuals.”

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One Volkswagen manager was indicted last year, pleading guilty and agreeing to assist the probe. This week, six other senior managers were indicted by the DOJ. One was arrested in Florida ahead of the settlement announcement. Five others are now in Germany and, at least for the moment, out of the government’s reach. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Latest to be Charged With Rigging Diesel Emissions

Automaker’s stock price tumbles in wake of EPA allegations.

by on Jan.12, 2017

The Ram 1500 turbodiesel has won a number of awards since its 2015 introduction.

Barely 24 hours after the U.S. Justice Department announced a $4.3 billion settlement with Volkswagen AG in connection with the German maker’s diesel emissions scandal, the Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of rigging its own diesel engines to illegally pass emissions test.

The agency said the so-called defeat device technology “appeared to cause the vehicles to perform differently when being tested” than when in use in real-world conditions. That was the same thing the EPA, in September 2014, charged that Volkswagen had done. Since then, VW has paid out close to $25 billion in fines and penalties related to the scandal. And FCA stockholders, apparently fearing a similar financial hit, sent the maker’s stock tumbling in the wake of the latest revelation.

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“This is a clear and serious violation of the Clean Air Act,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “The undisclosed software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides from the vehicles, threatening public health by polluting the air that we breathe.”

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VW Agrees to $4.3 Bil Criminal Settlement in VW Diesel Scandal

No “rogues”; “very significant people in company” were involved.

by on Jan.11, 2017

"They obfuscated, they denied and they ultimately lied," said Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The U.S. Justice Department and several other federal agencies have announced a $4.3 billion settlement of the criminal investigation of Volkswagen AG’s diesel emissions rigging, regulators also revealing that six executives have been indicted on charges ranging from wire fraud to conspiracy to defraud the government.

Justice officials said the investigation will continue into actions that might have been taken by other officials. The list of those involved in the scandal, they noted during a Wednesday afternoon news conference in Washington, D.C., include some “very significant people in the company,” one executive managing more than 10,000 other employees. The automaker had previously tried to downplay the situation, insisting on several occasions that only a “handful” of “rogue” workers had been involved.

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“It is now clear Volkswagen’s top officials knew about these activities and kept the American government and the American people in the dark,” said Andrew McCabe, deputy director of the FBI, “and they did it for years.”

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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…)

Senior VW Official Arrested in Diesel Emissions Cheating Scandal

Oliver Schmidt headed environmental office in U.S.

by on Jan.10, 2017

VW executive Oliver Schmidt was arrested in Florida in connection to the company's diesel emission scandal.

A 48-year-old executive for Volkswagen who had run the automaker’s engineering and environmental office in the U.S. has been arrested in connection with VW’s ongoing diesel emissions scandal.

Oliver Schmidt was taken into custody in Florida last weekend, prosecutors there seeking to keep him jailed after arguing that the German resident was a flight risk. Schmidt is the second VW executive arrested in connection with the scandal, in which the carmaker used a so-called “defeat device” to fool government emissions tests while actually producing significantly more pollution than permitted with its two turbodiesel engines.

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Schmidt was cited in a Dec. 30 complaint, according to the Associated Press, for conspiring with other VW officials to develop the software used on about 11 million vehicles sold worldwide. That includes 475,000 cars and trucks sold in the U.S. with a rigged 2.0-liter diesel, and another 80,000 equipped with a more upscale 3.0-liter turbodiesel. (more…)

Meet Volkswagen’s Other Important U.S. SUV: The Tiguan

German maker gives SUV a complete makeover.

by on Jan.08, 2017

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan is the makers second new sport-utility coming to the U.S. market this year.

Much of the focus on Volkswagen’s attempt to comeback from its recent problems has been on how the new Atlas SUV will improve the maker’s weak line-up of SUVs. However, it took another big step in Detroit today as it rolled out its new Tiguan utility at the North American International Auto Show.

Engineered specifically to meet the needs of American customers, the all-new Tiguan builds on the current vehicle’s fun to drive character and adds a more sophisticated and spacious interior, flexible seating and high-tech infotainment and driver assistance features.

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“The new Tiguan demonstrates how we plan to give American customers the usability and versatility they demand without sacrificing style or Volkswagen’s trademark driving dynamics,“ said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen. (more…)

VW Hopes to Build Buzz for EV Microbus, the I.D. Buzz

Recreating an icon by stepping forward into the past.

by on Jan.08, 2017

Everything that's old is new again with VW drawing inspiration for its new I.D. Buzz electric minivan from the Microbus.

Few automakers have been plugging into battery-electric propulsion like Volkswagen, the German automaker scaling back its traditional focus on diesels to launch as many as 30 different plug-based models by 2025.

As this year’s North American International Auto Show prepared to get underway, VW was building buzz with rumors that the list would include an all-new, version of its classic Microbus. Now, it’s taken the wraps off the concept vehicle it’s dubbed the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz.

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“We are making electric mobility the new trademark of Volkswagen,” declared Herbert Diess, chairman of the Volkswagen brand. And though he wouldn’t say whether the I.D. Buzz will make the transition from concept to production, there are reasons to believe it very well could be in the works. (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…)

Volkswagen Spices Up New Atlas SUV with R-Line Option

“Performance-inspired” package is more show than go.

by on Jan.05, 2017

Volkswagen's new Atlas SUV is already getting a nice little upgrade: an R-Line model.

For millions of Americans, SUVs and crossover-utility vehicles have become the hip alternatives to the classic minivan. But maybe not hip enough, when seven-seaters like the new Volkswagen Atlas are largely used to shuttle kids to school and soccer practice.

So, automakers have been looking for ways to spice things up a bit, and VW is joining that fray by adding a new R-Line package for the big Atlas that will soon start to roll out of the maker’s U.S. plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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However, what the maker refers to as “performance-inspired” upgrades are really more show than go, the VW Atlas R-Line sharing the same two engine options and eight-speed gearbox, as well as suspension and other settings found on the base version of the new utility vehicle. (more…)