Volkswagen diesel scandal

  • Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann and the 2012 Urus SUV concept

    Could an electrified Lamborghini—or Bugatti, or Bentley—arrive any sooner as a result of the Volkswagen diesel scandal? It might be easy to rush to an answer and say that, no, neither of these models currently offer diesel powertrains, and even prior to the scandal, Lamborghini didn’t have any plans to go diesel. But it’s not that simple, as the scandal and its lapses in corporate judgment have already shown far-reaching consequences (and likely the reapportionment of engineering resources) ranging across the Volkswagen Group, from Škoda and Seat to Audi and...

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    Investigators find no emissions cheating at Renault following raid

    A number of vehicle manufacturers in France were raided recently by investigators on the behalf of the French government over concerns of emissions cheating. The raids hit hard for Renault in particular whose share price dropped almost 22 percent after it was revealed the automaker was being...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    U.S. sues VW over emissions scandal, damages could total $19b

    While it appears that Volkswagen has managed to get a handle on its emissions cheating scandal, with a handful of top executives now gone and a new focus on zero emission vehicles enacted, the German automaker is now facing a new hurdle, one that could potentially draw on for years and cost...

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    Investigation sheds light on causes for VW emissions cheating scandal

    Volkswagen has released the first details from the ongoing independent investigation into its emissions cheating scandal, and importantly some of the main causes have been identified. Approximately 450 people are involved in the investigation, including VW’s own staff as well as external...

  • Ulrich Hackenberg
    Audi R&D chief steps down amid emissions cheating scandal

    Audi R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg has announced his resignation amid the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal where a number of Audi models, including some here in the United States, were fitted with a device to hide the true level of their emissions from regulators. Hackenberg, one of...

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    VW identifies $2 billion in savings, will cut back on variants and trim options

    In the wake of its diesel and CO2 emissions cheating scandal, the Volkswagen Group has undertaken a massive cost-cutting program that CEO Matthias Müller says will lead to anything not being absolutely necessary either getting canceled or postponed. VW has already confirmed that its investment...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

    Volkswagen announced today that the German Federal Motor Transport Authority has accepted its proposed fixes for the EA 189 four-cylinder diesel engines with the "defeat device" emissions cheating software. In Europe, at least, those changes won't be too extensive. For the 2.0-liter engine, the change will require only a software update, while the 1.6-liter engine (which is not offered in the United States) will get a software update and add a "flow transformer" in front of the air mass sensor. ALSO SEE: 2017 Bentley Bentayga First Drive The flow transformer is a mesh that calms the swirled...

  • 2015 Audi Q7 TDI
    VW & Audi ready software fix for emissions cheating diesels

    Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller confirmed in a speech made to managers on Monday that the automaker was ready with a fix for most of the four-cylinder diesel engines discovered in September to have been fitted with “defeat device” software designed to fool regulators about the...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
    More VW diesels confirmed to be in violation of EPA standards

    In September, the Volkswagen Group admitted to having installed “defeat device” software on some diesel engines designed to switch on performance-sapping emissions control systems whenever onboard computers determined an emissions test was being conducted. The VW Group’s admission...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    VW starts “goodwill” payment program for customers affected by diesel scandal

    While Volkswagen may still be months away from announcing a recall in the United States for vehicles found to have “defeat device” diesel emissions cheating software (recalls in Europe are expected to start in January 2016), the automaker this week announced a “Goodwill...

  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
    Audi, Porsche and VW issue stop-sale orders on models with diesel V-6

    Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the Volkswagen Group with a notice of violation for a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine used in several models from Audi as well as Porsche’s Cayenne and VW's Touareg. The violation was due to the discovery that several models fitted...

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    On top of diesel emissions scandal, VW discovers “irregularities” in CO2 levels of 800,000 cars

    The Volkswagen Group, still reeling from an announcement Monday made by the Environmental Protection Agency that more of its cars, including some Porsches and high-end Audis, were fitted with “defeat device” software used to hide emissions of harmful nitrogen oxide from regulators, has...

  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

    UPDATE: In light of the EPA’s allegations that more Volkswagen Group models were discovered with software to hide emissions levels from regulations, Porsche Cars North America issued a voluntary stop-sale order on models allegedly affected by the latest issue. They are the model year 2014 through 2016 Cayenne Diesel SUVs. The Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions cheating scandal has expanded to include more models from Audi and even a Porsche. Late yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the German automaker with a notice of violation for a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine used...

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    VW prepares new strategy 2025, prioritizes profitability over size

    Prior to its diesel emissions cheating scandal, the Volkswagen Group was focused on reaching the number one spot in auto sales and had even set a date of 2018 as a target. However, the growth at any cost mentality has blown up quite spectacularly in the face of the German auto giant, so now...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    VW to recall 8.5 million diesel cars in Europe; Lamborghini offices raided by police

    In compliance with regulators in Europe, namely Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority, the Volkswagen Group will recall approximately 8.5 million vehicles across 28 European nations due to the ‘defeat device’ software used on the vehicles to fool emissions testing equipment...

  • Winfried Vahland
    VW's new North American CEO Winfried Vahland resigns after two weeks

    Former Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland, who was just announced as the CEO of the Volkswagen Group's new North American Region, has stepped down, the company confirmed this morning. Vahland held the position for just over two weeks, and no successor has been announced. Martin Horn, President and CEO of...

  • Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept, 2015 Shanghai Auto Show
    VW doubles down on EVs post diesel scandal, promises all-electric Phaeton

    In the wake of its diesel emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Group has decided to double down on electric car development and promote a future of zero emission vehicles. In this regard, the VW Group will accelerate plans for a new modular electric car platform and develop an all-electric version of...

  • Leonardo DiCaprio at Odyssey of Pioneers launch
    DiCaprio production company snags VW diesel scandal movie rights

    The Volkswagen emissions scandal is big news. Massive news, really. It's attracted the attention of everyone, and that everyone includes Hollywood, which is already working on bringing the scandal to the big screen. Appian Way productions, along with Paramount Pictures, has acquired the film rights...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

    The Volkswagen Group is expected to start recalling its diesel cars fitted with the ‘defeat device’ software designed to fool emissions testers most likely by January, 2016. Around 11 million vehicles are thought to be part of the recall, most of them in Europe, and the brands affected include not only Volkswagen but also Audi, SEAT and Skoda. “If everything goes as planned, we can start the recall in January,” VW’s new CEO Matthias Müller told Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “All the cars should be in order by the end of 2016.”...

  • Winfried Vahland
    VW names Winfried Vahland new North American CEO

    Last week, as part of the fallout from the developing dirty diesel scandal, the Volkswagen Group announced a company restructuring designed to delegate more responsibility to the brand's core platforms. Part of the administrative shift involved the creation of a new North America Region comprising...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    VW set to recall 11 million diesel cars worldwide: Report

    The Volkswagen Group will recall 11 million TDI diesel cars to fix 'defeat device' software which deliberately misleads emissions equipment, Reuters is reporting. The move is expected to cost at least $6.5 billion. Yesterday, it was revealed automotive supplier Bosch knew about the defeat device in...

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    Bosch knew about VW's "defeat device" in 2007: Report

    According to multiple German-language media outlets, automotive parts supplier Bosch knew about the Volkswagen Group's 'defeat device' software as early as 2007. Details come from Bild am Sonntag, which first reported that Bosch designed the software to be used in testing applications, and that it...

  • 2013 Audi A6 TDI
    VW dirty diesel scandal expands to Audi: 2.1m cars affected

    The Volkswagen Group's dirty diesel scandal continues to expand. In the wake of the company's bombshell admission that it used a software-based "defeat device" to fool emissions testing on its TDI diesels, we've seen the resignation of CEO Martin Winterkorn and a corporate restructuring. Now news...

  • 2015 BMW X3
    BMW X3 diesel also over limits, according to reports--Updated with statement from BMW

    Volkswagen's admitted thwarting of Environmental Protection Agency regulations is threatening to ensnare BMW. According to Germany's AutoBild, citing research from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the company's X3 xDrive28d is also emitting up to 11 times more than Europe's...

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