Volkswagen diesel scandal

  • Michael Horn

    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 responsibility over his tenure. He was named President and CEO of VW USA in December 2013. Filling in for Horn until a successor is found is Hinrich Woebcken, the former BMW executive hired to run VW’s new North American division. Woebcken was hired after his predecessor, Winfried Vahland, quit...

  • 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...

  • Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann and the 2012 Urus SUV concept
    Will wake of VW diesel scandal help electrify Lamborghini?

    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...

  • 2015 Renault Talisman
    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 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 eight executives to be suspended after the cheating was discovered, is the second high-profile Volkswagen Group executive to step down amid the scandal, following the previous resignation of Martin Winterkorn from the role of group CEO. Hackenberg joined Audi in 1985 as head of concept development and...

  • Production at a Volkswagen plant
    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 announces European fixes for "defeat device" diesels

    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...

  • 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

    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 with the engine were found to have the same “defeat device” software used to hide emissions of harmful nitrogen oxide from regulators that VW previously admitted to using on roughly 11 million vehicles equipped with four-cylinder diesels. VW has denied that the V-6 models also have the...

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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
    EPA: VW defeat device software found on diesel V-6 in Audi, Porsche cars

    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...

  • Matthias Müller
    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

    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 its next-generation Phaeton flagship sedan. The modular electric car platform, or MEB for short, will be for compact cars and should offer a driving range anywhere between 155 and 310 miles. It will be a multi-brand platform suitable for both passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, and it will...

  • 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
    As VW prepares for diesel emissions recall, CEO says cost cutting and efficiency drive won’t be painless

    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...

  • 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...

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