Volkswagen diesel scandal

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show

    Further investigations into the Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal have led to the arrest of a former Audi manager as well as a probe into Porsche by investigators in Germany. Both instances involve allegations of fraud and false advertising relating to diesel emissions. In the case of Porsche, Stuttgart prosecutor Jan Holzner confirmed to Reuters that there were grounds to suspect potential fraud and false advertising by certain Porsche employees in Germany and the United States. More details couldn’t be released as the probe is ongoing. News of the probe comes a month after it...

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    Opel CEO Neumann steps down, is tipped to take lead role at Audi

    Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann confirmed on Monday he is stepping down. He will remain a member of the board until after General Motors’ sale of Opel to French auto giant PSA Group is completed. The sale was announced in March and is expected to close in the coming months. Neumann's replacement...

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    Report: Porsche being investigated for defeat device in Germany

    The Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal is finally starting to settle here in the United States but over in Europe things are flaring up again. This time it’s the Audi and Porsche brands in the crossfire. Germany’s Wirtschaftswoche reported on Friday that Porsche is being...

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    VW Group CEO Matthias Müller under investigation

    Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller is in legal hot water for the first time due to an investigation into whether he adequately disclosed information on the diesel emissions cheating scandal to shareholders. Bloomberg reports that German prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether...

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    Report: Volkswagen Group mulls Ducati sale

    Facing costs exceeding $20 billion in the United States alone due to its diesel emissions scandal, plus a hefty bill to develop new electric car technology, the Volkswagen Group has been cutting back on staff and niche products to preserve cash. There’s always been talk that the VW Group...

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    VW pleads guilty to diesel scandal felonies

    The Volkswagen Group on Friday pleaded guilty to three felony charges relating to its diesel emissions cheating scandal as part of January’s settlement with the Justice Department and Customs and Border Protection regarding any criminal misconduct tied with the scandal. The charges included...

  • Ferdinand Piech, chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group, at 2000 Paris Motor Show

    The Volkswagen Group released a statement on Wednesday denying allegations made by former Chairman Ferdinand Piech regarding knowledge among the automaker’s senior staff of the diesel scandal before it became public in September 2015. Piech, along with his extended family, is a major shareholder in the VW but resigned as Chairman in April 2015 due to in-fighting with fellow shareholders following a public dig made by him towards former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn. Piech has largely remained out of the picture throughout the diesel scandal until recently when Germany’s Bild...

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    VW agrees to $1.2B settlement with owners of 3.0-liter diesels

    Volkswagen on Wednesday announced it reached proposed agreements to resolve outstanding civil claims in the United States from owners of approximately 78,000 vehicles fitted with 3.0-liter diesel engines found to be equipped with the “defeat device” software at the heart of the...

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    6 VW execs charged, including former R&D boss

    On the same day that Volkswagen agreed to plead guilty to three felony counts and pay fines totaling $4.3 billion to the Justice Department and Customs and Border Protection regarding criminal misconduct linked with the diesel scandal, the Justice Department confirmed that six executives have been...

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    VW to plead guilty, pay $4.3B, to settle diesel-scandal criminal charges (Update)

    The Volkswagen Group has reached agreement on another part of its diesel emissions scandal in the United States, at least as far as regulators are concerned. Having already settled with EPA officials and its customers regarding its 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines—which in 2015 were...

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    Report: VW nearing $3B settlement with Justice Department over Dieselgate

    Volkswagen may be nearing a settlement over its criminal and civil investigations with the U.S. Department of Justice for $3 billion, Reuters reported. The agreement hasn't yet been finalized but could be announced as early as next week, according to the report. A spokesman for Volkswagen declined...

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    VW reaches $1B settlement for cars with 3.0-liter diesels

    The Volkswagen Group on Tuesday announced it reached a $1 billion settlement with regulators in the United States to resolve claims related to its vehicles fitted with 3.0-liter diesel engines. The settlement still needs to be approved by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer, who is presiding over...

  • Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)

    Now that Audi and Porsche won't be fighting for LeMans titles, the brands have taken their epic battle to the boardroom to compete for dwindling research and program cash, according to a Reuters report. According to sources within the Volkswagen Group's C-suite, the brands are each vying for a piece of the group's electric future and the money to develop pricey powertrains for upcoming cars. The Volkswagen group announced this year that it would cut back on research for new models in the wake of its pricey diesel cheating scandal. The struggle between Audi and Porsche—off the racetrack...

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    VW rules out diesels for US while confirming North American electric car production

    As it continues to deal with its diesel emissions scandal and push into electric cars, the Volkswagen Group in the past week has been making statements on future strategy. On Friday we learned that the automaker planned to shed around 30,000 jobs over the coming years as it scales back production...

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    VW Group to reduce workforce by 30,000

    Volkswagen on Friday announced plans to significantly reduce its workforce over the coming years as it deals with its costly diesel emissions scandal and push into electric cars. The cuts are expected to total 30,000, with 23,000 of these to be made in Germany. VW says the cuts are to be made in a...

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    Volkswagen's $18B TDI buyback would be largest consumer car action in U.S. history

    Volkswagen on Tuesday announced a settlement with the EPA and numerous other regulators to resolve class-action lawsuits over its TDI diesel emission cheating scandal. If approved next month, the deal would by by far the largest consumer car action settlement in United States history. It comes nine...

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    Suspended Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz resigns

    Another senior executive placed on suspension following the revelation of the Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions cheating has stepped down. Porsche confirmed its R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz has resigned due to the ongoing internal investigations at the VW Group and his resulting prolonged...

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    VW reaches deal with U.S. regulators over diesel scandal

    Volkswagen in a San Francisco court yesterday reached a deal with regulators in the United States over its diesel emissions scandal that affects more than half a million customers locally and around 11 million worldwide. The deal, only an “agreement in principle” currently, will be...

  • Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap

    According to a report from Reuters, Volkswagen and United States regulators have reached an agreement on the "Dieselgate" issue that has plagued the company for months. The deal could involve buying back up to 500,000 diesel cars in the U.S. The official announcement is expected tomorrow, the day of the court deadline that has already been pushed back. A separate report from Germany's Die Welt newspaper also said that U.S. owners would be offered $5,000 each. In September it came out that 482,000 of VW's 4-cylinder diesels were putting out up to 40 times the allowable amount of pollution...

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    Oscar-nominated filmmaker begins work on VW "dieselgate" documentary

    If you're going to find someone to document Volkswagen's "dieselgate" emissions scandal on film, there's probably not a better person to do that than Steve Kalafer. Not only has Kalafer been nominated for an Oscar three times, he owns a VW dealership in New Jersey. Actually, Kalafer is the chairman...

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    FTC sues VW over "Clean Diesel" advertising

    Volkswagen can add one more lawsuit to the growing list resulting from the ongoing diesel scandal. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now suing the embattled German carmaker because of allegedly false claims in years of "Clean Diesel" advertising. VW used the Clean Diesel tagline for years...

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    Federal judge extends deadline for VW's diesel fix

    A federal judge has pushed back the deadline to April 21 for Volkswagen and regulators in the United States to come to an agreement on a fix for the German automaker's diesel cars. Previously, the deadline was set for March 24 for VW to figure out how it will modify 600,000 cars sold in the U.S...

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    Volkswagen USA chief Michael Horn steps down

    Michael Horn has stepped down from the top role at the Volkswagen brand’s operations in the United States. In a statement, VW said Horn is leaving to pursue other opportunities and that the move is effective immediately. Horn worked for VW since 1990 and has held many roles of increasing...

  • Hinrich J. Woebcken
    Former BMW exec to head VW’s North American division

    Following the discovery of its diesel emissions cheating software last year by regulators in the United States, the Volkswagen Group announced a company restructuring that included the formation of a new North America division to oversee operations of the VW brand in the United States, Mexico and...

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