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Despite Diesel Dilemma, VW Snatches Global Sales Lead from Toyota

Toyota loses momentum due to production snags.

by on Apr.27, 2016

Despite some serious problems, VW could retain the sales lead during the second quarter.

It’s had to suspend sales of its popular diesels in the U.S. market, and it’s already taken an $18 billion hit in the wake of its ongoing diesel emissions scandal, but not all is doom-and-gloom for Volkswagen AG.

The embattled automaker can celebrate the fact that it surged into the global sales lead for the first quarter of 2016, narrowly squeaking by Japanese giant Toyota which has had its own problems in recent months. General Motors continued to hold down the third spot in the global sales sweepstakes.

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Whether VW can hold the lead for the rest of the year is far from certain. It was, in fact, the top-seller for the first half of 2016, only to slip behind Toyota once again as the diesel disaster began to take its toll. But wildcard factors have a way of upsetting the industry’s apple cart, and Toyota is currently dealing with problems that will likely scuttle its chances of regaining the sales crown for at least another quarter.

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Diesel Scandal Continues to Hammer VW

March sales plunge, but sibling Audi, Porsche brands largely unscathed.

by on Apr.01, 2016

VW's big incentives haven't been able to overcome the loss of its TDI models.

The ongoing crisis triggered by Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal continued to take a toll on the automaker last month.

The VW brand reported a 10.6% sales slide last month, making it one of the few brands to see a dip at a time when the American car market is running red hot. The downturn came despite a sharp increase in VW incentives in recent months.

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The news wasn’t all bad, however. VW did see a strong upturn in demand for its newly updated Tiguan sport-utility vehicle, and sibling brands Audi and Porsche scored big sales gain in March, despite also being tainted by the diesel scandal.

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VW CEO Alerted, Failed to React to Diesel Crisis

German maker thought impact of scandal would be marginal; Audi earnings now take hit.

by on Mar.03, 2016

Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn shown at the maker's 2015 annual meeting.

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was advised of the maker’s cheating on diesel emissions tests at least 16 months ahead of when the scandal became public, the automaker confirmed.

Separately, VW has issued an advisory to its shareholders revealing it did not expect the subterfuge to erupt into what is arguably the biggest crisis in its post-War history. The company said it anticipated a quick resolution with U.S. authorities and that the cost of resolving the issue would likely be “not especially high.”

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With more than 500 lawsuits facing it, including one filed by the U.S. Justice Department, the costs appear to be mounting – as became clear Thursday when VW’s luxury subsidiary Audi reported a sharp, 6.1% decline in 2015 earnings. Audi shares several of the diesel engines involved in the emissions scandal.

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GM Scores Third Consecutive Year of Record Global Sales

Detroit maker narrows gap with VW but still third in industry sales.

by on Jan.21, 2016

A Chevy Cruze in China, which has cemented its role as GM's largest global market.

While the increase was a modest 0.2%, General Motors nonetheless managed to eke out another global sales record in 2015, its third year in a row.

The Detroit-based maker today reported total sales came to 9.84 million, putting it just behind German rival Volkswagen AG. Toyota, which hasn’t yet reported its figures for 2015, is expected to retain the industry’s global sales crown, however.

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“GM continued to grow in 2015 as our focus on the customer and successful new vehicle launches more than offset the challenging conditions in South America and the curtailment of our presence in certain markets such as Russia,” GM President Dan Ammann said in a statement.

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VW Sales Drop Below 10 Mil in Wake of Diesel Scandal

But other problems also cut into demand.

by on Jan.08, 2016

The VW badge gracing the maker's BUDD-e concept minivan revealed this week at CES.

The diesel emission scandal is likely to hammer Volkswagen to come, the maker facing a new federal lawsuit and at least 450 civil cases filed by owners – but the impact is already being felt by an automaker that entered 2015 literally on top of the world.

VW today revealed it sold 9.93 million vehicles through its varied brand portfolio last year, a decline of 2% worldwide. Dropping below the 10 million mark comes as more than just a psychological setback. It also means the German maker will fall into second, and possibly even third, place in the global automotive sweepstakes once its rivals all tally up their numbers.

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And VW has rapidly been losing momentum, December sales slipping 5.2% worldwide and 10% in the American market – where it was sued by the U.S. Justice Department on Monday. The maker could face as much as $20 billion in fines for violating the Clean Air Act by using a so-called “defeat device” to illegally pass emissions tests.

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VW Boss Says He’s Focused on Fix, Not Cost, of Diesel Scandal

“Most important task” is solving diesel problem in U.S. says brand CEO Diess.

by on Jan.06, 2016

VW Brand Boss Herbert Diess offers a mea culpa during a keynote speech at CES.

A day after his company was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice, Volkswagen brand boss Herbert Diess told an audience at the Consumer Electronics Show that “Our most important task in 2016 is to solve the diesel issue in the U.S.”

The federal suit follows revelations that the German maker had cheated on emissions tests involving both its 2.0 and 3.0-liter diesel engines, a problem that could result in more than $20 billion in fines. Government officials said they were frustrated by the slow process of finding a fix for the problem.

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But Diess told reporters attending a preview of several battery-powered concept vehicles that “I assure you we are doing everything we can to make things right.” The executive added that he “is confident we will win their approval (for a fix) in the coming weeks and months.”

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December Sales Soar – But VW Gets Left Behind

German maker hammered by fallout from diesel scandal.

by on Jan.05, 2016

VW was the exception during a month that saw U.S. car sales soar to record levels.

(This story will be updated as additional sales numbers are released.)

Automakers got a month-long gift from consumers in December, sales pushing the U.S. auto industry to an all-time high as it closed the books on 2015.

The surge in demand was nearly universal, records falling for brands large and small. The big exception was Volkswagen. Hammered by the ongoing fall-out from it diesel emissions cheating scandal, it reported a double-digit decline for December, a day after it was sued by the U.S. Justice Department.

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Estimates are that total industry sales for 2015 will reach 17.8 million units, surpassing the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000. The big question is whether that momentum will carry over into 2016, a question heightened by the start-of-the-year slump on Wall Street.

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Toyota Set to Regain Global Sales Crown Again

VW slipping back into second place as diesel scandal takes hit.

by on Dec.29, 2015

A new Toyota Prius and the outgoing model. Toyota hopes the 2016 remake will help boost momentum for what has been the world's best-selling hybrid.

With the impact of a cheating scandal nipping at the heels of its chief rival, Toyota appears ready to win the global sales race for 2015 again, something that seemed far less likely just a few months ago.

Going into the final months of the year, Volkswagen AG was posed to nab the sales crown from the Japanese giant. But VW sales have taken a serious hit since it was revealed in mid-September that the German maker had cheated on diesel emission tests.

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Both makers are still expected to finish 2015 with total sales of more than 10 million vehicles, a barrier that seemed difficult for any manufacturer to breach just a few years ago.

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Volkswagen Retains Sales Lead in China

Maker stays on top over GM despite diesel scandal.

by on Dec.15, 2015

As Chinese auto sales slow, Volkswagen remains atop the rankings there: ahead of GM.

While sales of the Volkswagen brand have taken a beating in a several corners of the globe, VW sales have increased in China and helped the maker hang on to its edge over General Motors in the battle for leadership in the soft Chinese market.

Overall, the Volkswagen passenger cars brand, which doesn’t include the maker’s other brands, such as Audi, Porsche and Seat, has delivered 5.34 million vehicles to customers from January to November this year. VW sales, however, dropped 2.4% during November despite stronger sales in China.

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“Developments in world markets, which are in some cases tense, and their effects on the Volkswagen passenger pars brand will continue until the end of the year,” said Jürgen Stackmann, the executive in charge of Volkswagen sales. (more…)

Volkswagen Reverses Course, Acknowledges Additional Cheating

German maker confirms EPA charges involving 75,000 new VW, Audi and Porsche models.

by on Nov.20, 2015

VW now admits it cheated on Porsche and Audi vehicles using a 3.0-liter diesel engine.

After initially denying charges leveled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Volkswagen told regulators today that the company did, indeed, also cheat on emissions tests involving a second turbodiesel engine.

The concession covers an additional 75,000 vehicles using a 3.0-liter turbodiesel, on top of the 482,000 vehicles equipped with a 2.0-liter diesel called out by the EPA in mid-September for using a so-called “defeat device.” The latest problem involves products sold by both the VW and Audi brands and, for the first time, the Porsche marque, as well.

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In the case of the 2.0-liter diesels first cited by the EPA for cheating in September, VW used hidden software code capable of detecting when the vehicles were undergoing emissions tests. With the 3.0-liter system, the diesel engines were improperly fitted with what a spokesman called auxiliary emissions controls.

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