Volkswagen diesel scandal

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show

    Following a recent probe, Germany’s official transport authority, the KBA, on Thursday ordered Porsche to recall 22,000 Cayenne SUVs across Europe after discovering emissions cheating software. The recalled Cayennes are those examples fitted with a 3.0-liter diesel engine, the same fitted to 24,000 vehicles Audi was forced to recall in June for emissions cheating software. Audi was the brand responsible for developing the engine at the Volkswagen Group. Porsche told Bloomberg that it was taking “full responsibility” and cooperating closely with authorities. The recall will...

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    VW Group, Daimler and BMW accused of cartel behavior

    As investigations into diesel-emission cheating deepen, accusations have arisen that the Volkswagen Group, Daimler and the BMW Group may have colluded on development of diesel engines and other areas. Germany’s Der Spiegel reported on Friday that starting in the 1990s, the three automakers...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Porsche probed, ex-Audi manager arrested for fraud and false advertising

    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...

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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...

  • Ducati's Diavel Carbon

    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 might also offload one or more of its many brands, and if a report out on Wednesday proves accurate the Ducati brand may be the first to go. Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter, reported that the VW Group is considering selling Ducati, the high-end Italian motorcycle brand it purchased...

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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
    VW rejects diesel scandal allegations made by former chairman

    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...

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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...

  • Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington

    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 to comment on the story. It's unclear if the settlement would include any jail time for executives or employees, however similar agreements between the Justice Department and automakers such as General Motors and Toyota have avoided jail time. Prosecutors alleged that Volkswagen employees may have...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
    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...

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    VW, Audi, Porsche reportedly racing for resources in boardroom battle royale

    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...

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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...

  • Wolfgang Hatz

    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 leave of absence. Hatz, who was also in charge of engine development at the VW Group, was placed on suspension along with nine other senior executives last October while several investigations into the diesel emissions scandal were conducted. Caught up in the scandal is Porsche’s Cayenne Diesel...

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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...

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    VW may buy back diesels, offer $5,000 to owners

    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...

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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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