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France will ask VW to repay clean-car aid, minister says

Sept. 30, 2015 16:03 CET

France will ask Volkswagen to refund state subsidies that have been distributed for the purchase of vehicles caught up in VW's diesel-emissions scandal. The call comes as Spain said VW had agreed to return state car-purchase subsidies on vehicles fitted with manipulated software.... Read More »

VW braces for hit to business from emissions scandal

11:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

VW imposed a hiring freeze at its financing business and cut a shift at a German engine factory as it braces for a hit to business from cheating in diesel emissions tests. VW executives will examine later today the initial findings of an internal investigation into the biggest business crisis in the company's 78-year history, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

Barra wants to end GM's 'dog ate my homework' culture

7:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra is determined to switch the company from survivor mode -- a bankruptcy and safety recall -- to winning in the marketplace.... Read More »

EU regulators work on reforming type approval system

Sept. 29, 2015 10:47 CET

The EU aims to agree on an outline to reform the system for vehicle type approval by the end of the year. The new rules will streamline cooperation and information exchange among the 28 EU nations.... Read More »


VW labor leaders oppose big severance package for Winterkorn, report says

Sept. 29, 2015 12:07 CET

Senior VW labor leaders are opposed to granting Martin Winterkorn severance pay after the former CEO stepped down following revelations that VW cheated in U.S. diesel emissions tests, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »


VW's Seat unit stops sales of cars that may have rigged software

Sept. 29, 2015 13:17 CET

VW Group's Seat unit said it has stopped sales of its cars equipped with diesel engines at the heart of the VW emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »

Automakers should explain gap in real-word and lab tests for CO2 emissions

Sept. 28, 2015 16:30 CET

A campaign group said automakers should explain why new cars in Europe have CO2 emissions on the road that are far higher than laboratory tests show.... Read More »


Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn faces fraud probe in Germany

Sept. 28, 2015 13:16 CET

Prosecutors in Germany have opened a criminal probe into former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn after the automaker admitted it cheated emissions tests in some of its diesel cars.... Read More »


VW Italian dealers told to stop selling diesel cars with emissions-cheat software

Sept. 28, 2015 17:07 CET

Volkswagen Group's Italian dealers have been asked to stop selling VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat diesel cars equipped with engine software implicated in the diesel emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »

VW’s Diess to meet EU industry chief over emissions-test cheating

10:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

European Union Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska plans to meet Volkswagen AG executive Herbert Diess this week to discuss the German carmaker’s cheating on emission tests.... Read More »


VW's emissions test rigging is part of wider industry cheating, report says

Sept. 28, 2015 12:07 CET

New cars in Europe are emitting on average 40 percent more carbon dioxide than laboratory tests show, demonstrating that VW Group's rigging of emissions tests is only part of much wider cheating in the region, an environmental campaign group said.... Read More »


PSA, Renault, Opel and Fiat may be hit by fallout from VW's diesel test cheating

Sept. 25, 2015 13:17 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, Fiat and Opel could be hit by Volkswagen's admission that it rigged diesel engines to fool U.S. regulators as the revelations help to accelerate the technology's decline in Europe.... Read More »


VW rigged tests on 2.8 million cars in Germany, Berlin says

Sept. 25, 2015 15:41 CET

VW rigged emission tests on about 2.8 million diesel vehicles in Germany, the country's transport minister said, nearly six times as many as it has admitted to falsifying in the U.S.... Read More »


BLOG: New VW CEO's top priorities

11:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Volkswagen Group chose Matthias Mueller as its new CEO to replace Martin Winterkorn. Although Mueller will be surrounded by talented and experienced advisers I would like to share seven suggestion.... Read More »


EU urges all member states to investigate emissions rigging devices

Sept. 25, 2015 11:10 CET

The European Union wants all member states to investigate how many cars use illegal defeat devices to cheat emissions tests in light of the scandal at Volkswagen, which the automaker says could involve 11 million diesel cars globally.... Read More »


VW customers, dealers seek speedy action on emissions scandal

Sept. 24, 2015 11:32 CET

Volkswagen must move quickly to recall and refit models rigged to pass U.S. emissions tests to limit the long-term impact to its reputation, European dealers and consumer protection bodies say.... Read More »

Magna CEO sees smart robots shifting parts output away from China

11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

The falling cost of intelligent robots may help repatriate some auto production away from low-cost locations like China back to factories in Germany and North America, Magna International CEO Donald Walker says.... Read More »

Musk says diesel-cheating is bad, but CO2 emissions are worse

10:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, speaking in Germany today, said revelations that Volkswagen AG cheated on diesel emission tests is “obviously bad,” but that the issue the world should really be concerned about is carbon dioxide emissions.... Read More »


Flawed EU engine tests highlighted by VW's cheating in U.S.

Sept. 23, 2015 16:26 CET

Volkswagen Group's outing as an emissions test cheat in the U.S. has cast an unflattering light on regulatory failings closer to home, adding momentum to a push underway to close gaping European loopholes.... Read More »


VW may face criminal probe in Germany

Sept. 23, 2015 15:56 CET

VW's isolation increased as European governments condemned its rigging of emissions test results and prosecutors in the automaker's home state launched a preliminary investigation.... Read More »

'European Detroit' on edge as VW scandal widens

7:14 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Nowhere is Volkswagen AG's widening emissions scandal being felt more acutely than in Wolfsburg, the ultimate company town in Germany.... Read More »

Green group calls for EU-wide type approval body

Sept. 23, 2015 10:15 CET

The EU should set up a single, independent authority to test vehicles in the bloc's 28 nations, says a green lobby group which also claims the scandal of Volkswagen using diesel "defeat" devices is just the "tip of the iceberg."... Read More »


Chinese automakers MG, Great Wall, Qoros will use SUVs to challenge in Europe

Sept. 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Chinese automakers hope to revive their European sales ambitions by targeting the region's booming SUV market. Sales by Chinese brands in Europe have remained stubbornly low as buyers have in the past shunned their cars because of quality issues.... Read More »

European lawmakers vote to speed tougher car emissions regime

Sept. 23, 2015 11:35 CET

European politicians voted to speed up rules to tighten compliance with pollution limits on cars, adding to pressure for reform after U.S. regulators caught Volkswagen Group rigging the performance of vehicles in tests.... Read More »

German transport ministry to start fact-finding at VW this week

Sept. 22, 2015 18:14 CET

Germany's transport ministry will send a fact-finding committee to Volkswagen this week. The committee will examine whether VW vehicles are built and tested according to German and European rules.... Read More »

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