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Oliver Schmidt, former top executive at Volkswagen’s environmental and engineering center in Michigan, is ready to plead guilty in a U.S. District Court in Detroit next month.

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With automakers rushing into the EV market like Forty-niners, they inevitably look towards Tesla. Volkswagen is no exception to that trend and now Herbert Diess, VW’s CEO, says the automaker will be able to “stop” the current EV-leader because it has “abilities Tesla doesn’t have.” Those abilities, for the record, are global scale and manufacturing […]

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Volkswagen has two all-electric sedans in the works says the brand’s head of experiential marketing, Greg Lucia. Recently returned from a Global Summit on future cars in Berlin, Lucia spoke to journalists about VW’s direction in Indianapolis, following the latest leg of the Global Rallycross Championship. “I was just at this event in Berlin and […]

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Throughout the entirety of Volkswagen’s diesel emission scandal, the automaker has changed its tune on several occasions. After evading scrutiny from regulators for years, it finally admitted to installing illegal defeat devices designed to fool U.S. emission testing in late 2015. However, it assured the public that no high-ranking executive had complete knowledge of the […]

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Volkswagen is looking into the possibility of building robots to complete the task of plugging your car in to charge. That’s thanks to a new Cooperation Contract between VW and Kuka, an automation specialist. The contract intensifies the partnership between the two companies that are developing robots to make future mobility easier. “In future, robots […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for June were down from a year ago and from May. This trend is likely to continue although the overall decline is relatively […]

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The California Air Resources Board this week issued a letter to Volkswagen Group asking it to provide more details on the zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure it plans to implement across the United States between 2018 and 2020. CARB’s concern is over VW’s $800 million commitment to California to build out ZEV-related investments over 10 years […]

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VW apprentices have created the first electrified Volkswagen GTI. Called the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade, it combines a 404-horsepower gasoline engine driving the front wheels with a 48-volt electric motor powering the rear. The electric motor has a maximum output of 16 hp and the two drive systems can be used separately or together. […]

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Volkswagen will rapidly build a nationwide EV charging network at hundreds of sites across 40 states within the next 3 years, according to new plans revealed last week. The new network stands to dramatically expand the long-distance driving utility of current and future all-electric vehicles. With power rates of up to 320 kilowatts, the network […]

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All those cheating diesel vehicles have to go somewhere. As a result of its massive TDI diesel scandal, Volkswagen has been buying back numerous vehicles from owners and storing them at various locations. One of those locations is the now defunct Pontiac Silverdome, which was once the home of the Detroit Lions. The Silverdome first […]

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