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    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 charged over their own ties with the scandal. On Wednesday, the six executives were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, defraud customers and violate the Clean Air Act. The charges are similar to those VW has pleaded guilty to. ALSO SEE: Breaking: EPA accuses Ram and Jeep of using...

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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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    Volkswagen gets a charge out of its electric Microbus concept

    Volkswagen is putting on a full court press when it comes to SUVs and alternative energy vehicles. Shifting sentiment in the aftermath of Dieselgate won’t be easy, but the company feels these vehicles, targeted directly at American consumers, will change the tide. Fortunately, VW’s...

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    US gets standard long-wheelbase Volkswagen Tiguan

    Volkswagen on Sunday unveiled the redesigned Tiguan that’s due in showrooms in the United States in 2017. The vehicle is on show this week at the 2017 Detroit auto show. Arriving as a 2018 model, the vehicle is a stretched version of the standard Tiguan compact SUV that was first shown at the...

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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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    2018 Volkswagen Atlas gets sporty R-Line package

    Volkswagen in the spring will introduce a new three-row SUV called the Atlas. It’s a big, spacious model that’s made in the United States, and now it has one of VW’s sporty R-Line appearance packages. To be presented at the upcoming 2017 Detroit auto show, the Atlas’ R-Line...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

    Swedes, as you might expect, are partial to their Volvos. The Swedish brand is headquartered in Gothenburg and, according to the BBC News, more than one in five cars sold there are plucked from the Volvo lineup. Still, it was not a Volvo vehicle that claimed the top 2016 sales spot for a single model. That honor was claimed by the Volkswagen Golf. It's rather rare for Volvo to find itself in this position in its home market. The number one selling vehicle in Sweden has been a Volvo dating all the way back to 1962. Back then another Volkswagen pulled off the rare feat, but that car was the old...

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    VW GTI Clubsport S smashes its own Nürburgring lap record

    Volkswagen has a version of its GTI that delivers 306 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It’s called the GTI Clubsport S and in May the car set a Nürburgring lap time of 7:49.21, at the time a record for a production car with front-wheel drive. Well, VW has been back to the...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf R
    More power and torque for 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

    Volkswagen in November provided an early look at an updated version of its seventh-generation Golf. Among the changes in store for the popular hatch is a refreshed exterior, a more advanced infotainment, a new dual-clutch transmission system and, in some models, extra power. The Golf R is one of...

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    Former VW interns craft futuristic ute as design exercise for Aussie market

    Volkswagen has some skilled interns. Every year, a team of in-house trainees work together to create something special for the annual VW event at Wörthersee. This year, however, it's a pair of former VW interns that have put their skills to good use. French students Valentin Fuchs and Pierre...

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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...

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    Report: VW Arteon could offer shooting brake option

    The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake is proof that sometimes style wins out over practicality. While the CLS Shooting Brake, which was never sold in the United States and is currently out of production, did serve up four doors and a liftgate, its plunging roofline diminished cargo capacity compared...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace teased ahead of 2017 Detroit auto show

    Volkswagen will present a three-row, seven-seat version of its second-generation Tiguan compact SUV at next month’s 2017 Detroit auto show. It’s called the Tiguan Allspace and it goes on sale in 2017, as a 2018 model. The Tiguan Allspace is the second three-row SUV due from VW in 2017. Joining it will be the mid-size Atlas which has just started production at the automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Tiguan Allspace will be sourced from VW’s plant in Puebla, Mexico. Both vehicles ride on VW’s flexible MQB platform found in the Golf. The Tiguan is actually...

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    Porsche-powered Volkswagen Bus 'Race Taxi' hits the track

    The Volkswagen Microbus is a beloved motoring icon that has fans all over the globe. It's a classic machine with a dash of perennial cool attached. It's also incredibly slow. You're never in a rush when you're driving a VW Bus. Unless, of course you're talking about the T1 Race Taxi created by a...

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    Volkswagen Group launches mobility unit MOIA, plans Uber rival

    The Volkswagen Group has formed a new unit tasked with the development of new mobility solutions. The unit is called MOIA, a name that's meant to signify independent mobility for all. The VW Group rightfully sees the automotive landscape undergoing rapid change. Alongside the traditional business...

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    2018 Volkswagen Arteon (CC successor) spy shots

    Volkswagen is working on a successor for its CC sedan, which the automaker in November confirmed would feature the new name Arteon. Prototypes for the car have already been testing for close to a year and hint at a much more handsome design than the predecessor model. We’ve also been given a...

  • Volkswagen Korama has a hidden Amarok secret
    Volkswagen 'Korama' concept hides a production truck secret

    Volkswagen's Australian division is gearing up for the local launch of an updated version of the Amarok pickup truck. Because it's Australia, which is the home of Mad Max, the local team decided to get creative with the launch of the refreshed ute. Taking the Mad Max theme quite seriously, VW...

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    4 automakers join forces for 350-kilowatt fast-charging network

    As they gear up to launch a new generation of volume electric cars, the major automakers are following Tesla’s [NSDQ:TSLA] lead of rolling out charging infrastructure to help eliminate range anxiety for owners. But instead of going it alone with individual standards, as Tesla has done with...

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    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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    Volkswagen Arteon is name of CC successor

    Volkswagen’s CC is about to spawn a successor and along with the new design will be a new name: Arteon. Arteon is a combination of “art” and “eon” and follows the naming practice introduced with the Phideon sedan on sale in China. The Arteon plugs the gap between the...

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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 to build e-Golf at Transparent Factory

    Volkswagen’s famous Transparent Factory in the German city of Dresden will soon be churning out cars again. The plant, which features glass walls and an open-plan design, was last used to build VW’s Phaeton. But after production of the flagship sedan came to an end in March, the plant...

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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...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
    2018 Volkswagen Atlas: 3-row SUV made in US

    Volkswagen has finally unveiled the Atlas, a three-row, seven-seat SUV the automaker hopes will turn it into a major player in the mainstream market in the United States. This is the vehicle that was first previewed in 2013 by the CrossBlue concept. It will be built at VW’s plant in...

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