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Volkswagen’s long-anticipated $14.7 billion diesel emissions cheating settlement was finalized today in a federal court. Under the settlement affecting owners of up to 475,000 polluting diesel cars, the German automaker agreed to spend up to $10.033 billion on buybacks and owner compensation. Another $4.7 billion will be spent on programs to support zero emission vehicle […]

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A Volkswagen engineer has become the first employee to be indicted and to plead guilty on criminal charges over fraudulent emissions software, according to unsealed court documents. VW engineer James Robert Liang pleaded guilty today in a conspiracy charge for playing a part in rigging emissions software in 2.0-liter diesel cars sold in the U.S. […]

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General Motors’ Opel division has been using defeat devices in diesel cars to bypass German emissions standards, according to a study cited by Germany’s Der Spiegel. Researchers at Germany’s TÜV Nord inspection organization conducted tests that counter claims by Opel and by Germany’s Transport Ministry that “no defeat devices like in vehicles made by Volkswagen […]

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