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New Emissions-Cheating “Defeat Device” Reportedly Found In Audi Vehicles

Volkswagen’s recently approved $15 billion settlement with the U.S. government was seen by some as the final chapter in the carmaker’s “defeat device” emissions scandal, but officials in California may have found evidence that VW used a second device to skirt carbon dioxide emissions restrictions in certain of its Audi vehicles. [More]

Kevin Dean

Volkswagen Splits With Researcher It Hired To Chronicle Company’s Nazi Connections

A number of popular German brands — including Hugo Boss, Daimler-Benz, Porsche, and BMW — had connections to or business arrangements with the Nazi party and/or the German military under Hitler. But the brand that may be most commonly linked with the Third Reich is Volkswagen, a company that had, for the last 18 years, contracted a noted historian to research VW’s embarrassing origins, including its use of forced labor. However, at a time when an ongoing emissions scandal has called the carmaker’s commitment to transparency into question, VW and the academic have gone their separate ways. [More]

Eric Arnold

Judge Approves VW’s $15B Settlement, Still No Fix For Affected Vehicles

It’s official: Volkswagen will begin the process of buying back thousands of vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” designed to skirt federal emission standards after a judge signed off on a proposed $15 billion settlement between the carmaker and federal regulators on Tuesday. [More]

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Volkswagen Finalizing $15B Dieselgate Settlement, But Still No Fix In Sight

Back in June, Volkswagen reached a nearly $15 billion tentative agreement with the federal government to begin the long process of putting “dieselgate” in the rearview. Now, the carmaker is seeking to finalize that agreement, with one, rather large, modification: it still doesn’t have a process to fix the 500,000 vehicles that contain so-called “defeat devices” that skirt U.S. emissions standards.  [More]

The.Comedian

Volkswagen And Audi Recall 334,000 Vehicles That May Have Fuel Leaks

Hundreds of thousands of Audi and Volkswagen vehicles have a fuel leak problem that could lead to fires, and the company has recalled them, notifying customers that they can expect repairs, um, eventually. While the company announced both fuel leak recalls at the same time, they apparently have different causes. [More]

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That Was Quick: 6 Top CEOs Who Have Been Unceremoniously Kicked To The Curb Since 2013

Upon hearing the news this morning that American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider was resigning from her post, we couldn’t help but feel a twinge of deja vu. After all, she’s far from the first top executive to cause a stir with a sudden departure. [More]

Thomas Hawk

Volkswagen Engineer Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy Related To Dieselgate

Volkswagen’s year-long “dirty diesel” saga nabbed its first Volks-villain on Friday, when a veteran engineer for the carmaker pleaded guilty in the first criminal charge related to the VW’s use of so-called “defeat devices” in millions of vehicles in order to skirt federal emissions regulations.  [More]

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Australian Regulator Sues Volkswagen Over Diesel Cheating

After many months of bad press, recalls, and legal woes, Volkswagen earlier this year reached a settlement with U.S. regulators over its emissions-cheating dirty diesel “defeat devices.” But just because the case is mostly closed (at least on paper) here in the states doesn’t mean Volkswagen’s out of legal hot water yet. There are, after all, more than 190 other nations in the world, and some of them are ticked off too.

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VW Reaches Tentative Agreement To Compensate Dealers For Dirty Diesels

Volkswagen took another step in putting that whole “Dieselgate” thing behind it Thursday, filing a settlement agreement that would compensate dealers affected by the carmaker’s decision to equip more than 500,000 vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” used to skirt emission standards. [More]

Benedict Benedict

Prosecutors Find Evidence Of Criminal Behavior At VW, Says Report

Volkswagen recently agreed to pay $15 billion to settle some of the allegations involving the carmaker’s use of so-called “defeat devices” to cheat on emissions tests in diesel cars, but a new report says federal criminal charges could be in the offing for VW.  [More]

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Judge Grants Permission For Volkswagen To Test Scrapping Cheating Diesels

What can Volkswagen do with the cars with emissions-cheating diesel engines that it buys back from consumers? The automaker has one proposal that a federal judge approved: even though the vehicles are pretty new, the company has proposed scrapping them to get them and their polluting engines off the roads. [More]

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Report: 100M VW Vehicles Vulnerable To Remote Hack

Owning a vehicle with keyless entry is often a convenience: Forget your key? Just enter a code. But for the owners of more than 100 million Volkswagen vehicles, that convenience has been turned into a doorway for hackers.  [More]

Thomas Hawk

Government Warns VW Sellers: Don’t Mislead Diesel Owners About Buyback Program

As part of a $15 billion settlement with the federal government, Volkswagen agreed to buy back hundreds of thousands of vehicles equipped with emissions-cheating “defeat devices.” While the lure of receiving more than the current value of their vehicle is presumably high for customers who feel duped by VW, federal regulators want to ensure these consumers receive what they’re entitled to through the settlement.  [More]

Benedict Benedict

Report: More Volkswagen, Audi Vehicles May Have Emissions Cheating Software

Volkswagen may be poised to start putting that whole emission-cheating “defeat device” business behind it with a $15 billion agreement, but a new report suggests the carmaker may have other skeletons under its hood. [More]

Benedict Benedict

Even Fixed VW Diesels Might Emit More Pollutants Than Law Allows

As part of its $15 billion settlement package to begin resolving its use of so-called “defeat devices” in 500,000 diesel-engine vehicles in the U.S. to skirt emission standards, Volkswagen has agreed to pay $2.7 million to establish a fund to reduce nitrogen oxide in any area of the U.S. were VW’s emissions-cheating vehicles were located. But it turns out those funds aren’t just for past emissions, they’re also for future ones.  [More]

Eric Arnold

Volkswagen May Compensate Dealers Over Diesel Emissions Scandal

Last month, Volkswagen agreed to compensate owners of more than 500,000 vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” used to skirt emission standards. Now, the carmaker is reportedly promising to also make it up to dealers affected by the scandal through an unspecified restitution plan.  [More]

Thomas Hawk

California Rejects VW’s Plan To Fix Emissions Cheating 3.0L Diesel Vehicles

It’s back to the drawing board for Volkswagen when it comes to finding an adequate fix for thousands of vehicles equipped with emissions cheating defeat devices in California, as state regulators rejected the carmaker’s remedy proposal.  [More]

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Volkswagen’s Emissions Scandal Tab Just Grew By $86M

Last week, Volkswagen agreed to pay at least $15 billion to settle federal allegations that it used so-called “defeat devices” in nearly 500,000 diesel-engine vehicles in the U.S. to skirt emissions standards behind it. While the settlement is a first step for VW, the second step came this week when the carmaker agreed to pay an additional $86 million to settle similar charges in California.  [More]