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Volkswagen’s first dedicated battery electric car will be revealed at next month’s Paris auto show. Speaking to German magazine WirtschaftWoche (Industry and Economy Week), Chairman, Herbert Diess said the car would have the outside dimensions of the Golf, pictured above, but offer the larger Passat’s interior space. The size means it will take on the Hyundai […]

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Monterey Car Week, a part of the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, in northern California has become a showcase for concept and production luxury car introductions. But yesterday’s reveal at the event by a joint project between a Beirut, Lebanon and a China-based company was a complete surprise — a battery-electric minivan. The ICONIQ Seven […]

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General Motors invested $500 million last January for a nine-percent stake of ride-sharing company Lyft, and apparently wanted to own all of it. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the automaker approached Lyft in “recent weeks” about a potential acquisition that was declined. Citing a post from technology website The Information, the report said […]

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Italy’s antitrust agency slapped Volkswagen with a $5.5 million ($5 million euro) fine over the German automaker’s massive diesel engine-fixing scandal. The antitrust watchdog said the fine related to the marketing in Italy since 2009 of vehicles equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engines with unauthorized software that tricked pollution tests. The software device switched […]

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U.S. officials have discovered three new unapproved software programs that allows cheating of pollution controls on Volkswagen’s 3.0-liter diesel engines made by Audi Reuters is reporting. The news originated from German news weekly Bild am Sonntag, which did not reveal its source for the information. The engine is made by Volkswagen Group’s Audi division and […]

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Introduced on July 1, Germany’s plug-in electrified vehicle incentive plan saw some 2,000 people sign applications. Perhaps showing national brand preference, a third of buyers opted for BMW models, while a third were filed on behalf of companies according to an Automotive News report. Buyer incentives include: a subsidy of $4,485 (4,000 euros) available for […]

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Taking a small step forward down a long road to change a soiled reputation, Volkswagen says it will build electric cars in North America by 2020. During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hinrich Woebcken, the new head of Volkswagen AG’s U.S. operations said that a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and a facility in […]

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Volkswagen received some good news and some bad news regarding its tainted Dieselgate scandal. The good news: Germany won’t fine the automaker for its cheating diesel device. The bad news: A consumer group in Europe says VW’s technical software fix spews out 25 percent more NOx after the removal of the defeat-device software. NOx (nitrogen […]

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The partnerships between carmakers and tech companies to develop self-driving cars has grabbed headlines for some time, but that’s not the only automotive technology seeing supplier-automaker collaboration. Volkswagen and South Korean LG Electronics announced they will jointly create a next-generation cloud-based infotainment technology for connected cars “over the coming years.” The first step is to […]

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The Volkswagen Group is trying to decide where to invest billions in one or more factories to manufacture battery cells and packs, and China appears to be on top of the list. Automotive News is reporting that a source close to senior management said, “China is likely one of the first, since we think electromobility […]

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