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In his first public appearance since the TDI scandal broke in September 2015, Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the Volkswagen Group, maintained that he had no knowledge of emissions cheating before the company admitted to it. According VW, the top brass were informed of diesel emissions manipulation in August of 2015, and told the world […]

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Volkswagen was surprised to find out one of its U.S. executives had been arrested on Saturday on charges of defrauding the U.S. government on diesel car emissions. Oliver Schmidt had headed VW’s regulatory compliance office in the U.S. from 2014 to March 2015. He was arrested in Florida on conspiracy charges for fraudulent reporting of […]

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Since Volkswagen’s “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal broke last year and set anti-diesel sentiment dominoes to tumbling, antipathy for oil-burning engines has increased, and now four cities have vowed to ban them by 2025. Announced Friday in Mexico City at the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit, the mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens said […]

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In-house fighting is stirring up rivalry between Volkswagen and its Audi and Porsche premium brands as the automaker cuts costs to face the diesel emissions cheating scandal. Senior executives have spoken to Reuters about the internal conflict to develop and manufacture the next generation of electric cars as the company emerges from the “Dieselgate” scandal. […]

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This week Volkswagen revealed a new strategy to overcome its dieselgate woes: discontinue sales of diesel cars in the U.S and start production of battery electric vehicles in North America in 2021. The diesel news was first reported by European business daily Handelsblat, and was followed by a VW press release stating that the German […]

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Late Friday Volkswagen agreed to pay its U.S. dealers $1.2 billion to compensate them for losses that occurred from the German automaker’s diesel fixing scandal. Each of the 652 dealers will receive an average of $1.85 million over a period of 18 months, but they can choose to opt out of the settlement and pursue their own […]

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While the biennial Paris Motor Show scheduled to start four days from now was previously known as a showcase for high-performance diesel cars from French automakers, electric cars will be the recurring theme at this year’s event. Some of that comes from concern by German automakers that Tesla will be able to dominate the luxury […]

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Volkswagen Group said today that it has made a preliminary deal with large Chinese automaker Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) to establish a joint venture for building all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars. The two automakers are studying the feasibility of a new joint venture with the goal of signing a formal agreement within five months, JAC said […]

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Korean automaker Kia is considering putting aside its planned diesel-engine mild hybrid program as emissions regulations become tighter and Volkswagen’s Dieselgate has heightened scrutiny of diesel engines. Albert Biermann, Kia’s performance development chief, told British publication Autocar it’s becoming more difficult to support the development of the more costly diesel engine as emissions regulations become […]

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South Korea is expanding its diesel emissions investigation far beyond Volkswagen, according to a government agency. The nation’s environment ministry started a probe last week of 23 foreign automakers with 110 diesel models sold in that market, said Hong Dong Kon, a director at the ministry. The investigation findings will be released in two-to-three months, […]

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