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BLOG: Cleaning up the diesel engine, upstream

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has promising projects that reduce diesel emissions in the cylinder.... Read More »

UK car production forecast cut on sluggish Europe

Oct. 13, 2015 11:25 CET

Automakers will build about 1.8 million cars in 2017 in the UK, less than the 1.95 million originally expected, due to more sluggish growth in Europe, an industry body said.... Read More »


Blazing a trail to self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Most folks in the auto industry can see the promise of self-driving vehicles. The tricky part is a vision of how to get there.... Read More »


As crisis grows, Volkswagen dealers fear cash won't be enough

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

A package of special programs to help U.S. Volkswagen retailers cope with the diesel emissions scandal has infused large sums of money -- in the form of incentives, sales bonuses and floorplan subsidies -- into a dealership network that's struggling with sluggish sales, thin profits and, now, a stop-sale order on diesel vehicles.... Read More »


VW may have to repay EU loans, bank chief says

Oct. 12, 2015 11:00 CET

The European Investment Bank will examine whether VW Group used any EU loans to cheat on emissions tests for diesel vehicles and could demand money back.... Read More »

EU emissions drive may price diesel cars out of market, industry body says

Oct. 12, 2015 13:31 CET

Changes to European emissions tests in the wake of the VW cheating scandal should not be overly tough or diesel vehicles will become so expensive that automakers have to stop selling them, industry association ACEA said.... Read More »

VW's Horn takes heat, scolds his bosses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

In testimony before a U.S. House oversight committee last week, the Volkswagen of America CEO played both the public spokesman for a proud German automaker and the incredulous outsider, aghast at how his employer of 25 years had been able to cheat regulators and customers.... Read More »


No wonder Japanese praise trade pact

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to the historic Pacific Rim trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so -- at least from their point of view.... Read More »


Another urgent to-do for VW: Pay governments back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Volkswagen AG has a long list of things to do after admitting it systematically cheated on emissions testing on 11 million diesel vehicles. One challenge to address quickly: VW must reimburse governments for subsidies they made to encourage citizens to buy “clean diesels” that weren't.... Read More »

EPA's new VW probe may reveal failure to disclose

11:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2015

The EPA is investigating a second emissions-control software program in VW cars that were rigged to pass pollution tests -- one that the automaker may have failed to properly disclose.... Read More »


Volkswagen's U.S. boss blames 'individuals' for cheating

Oct. 9, 2015 09:18 CET

VW's rigging of diesel emissions tests was not a company decision but the result of actions by a small number of engineers, its top U.S. executive said.... Read More »


VW will recall 100,000 vehicles with emissions-cheating devices in Australia

Oct. 9, 2015 14:17 CET

VW Group will conduct a voluntary recall of vehicles in Australia fitted with devices designed to cheat emissions tests, as it increased the estimated number of affected cars to nearly 100,000.... Read More »


BLOG: VW's emissions cheating has taken the gloss off my Touran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Last year I bought a 2011 Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI with the promise of super-frugal motoring, clean diesel technology and a zippy little engine. But VW's emissions-cheating scandal now leaves me wondering whether my minivan will end up slower, thirstier and ultimately less valuable.... Read More »

VW diesels, with operative emissions gear, are slower and thirstier, Consumer Reports finds

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Two Volkswagen models with 2.0-liter diesel engines are slightly slower and thirstier with their emissions systems active, according to road tests by Consumer Reports.... Read More »

VW faces Nov. 20 deadline in California for fix to diesel violations

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

California is giving VW until November 20 to come up with a plan to fix diesel models affected by its rigging of emissions tests, a spokesman for the California Air Resources Board said.... Read More »

Texas sues VW claiming deception, diesel pollution

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Texas joined the Volkswagen litigation bandwagon, accusing the company’s U.S. unit of violating state consumer protection laws and clean air standards by using rigged software in some of it diesel vehicles.... Read More »

A Stanford professor's quest to fix driverless cars' major flaw

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

As the autonomous car movement barrels ahead, Chris Gerdes is raising questions about ethical choices that must inevitably be programmed into the robotic minds expected one day soon to be driving along the nation's highways.... Read More »

3 Nishikawa Rubber execs indicted by U.S. for price-fixing

5:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. were indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in the auto supply chain’s ongoing price-fixing scandal.... Read More »


Older VW diesels will need software and hardware fixes, Horn tells lawmakers

12:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

A software fix won't be enough to bring most of the 482,000 vehicles involved in its emissions violations scandal into compliance with U.S. clean air laws, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn testified in a congressional hearing today.... Read More »

VW's 2016 diesel sales 'months' away

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Volkswagen of America isn't expected to begin selling 2016 models with 2.0-liter diesel engines for several months as the EPA plans to subject the vehicles to a battery of tests to ensure they comply with U.S. emissions laws.... Read More »


Volkswagen offices raided by German prosecutors

Oct. 8, 2015 15:28 CET

VW Group offices were searched by German prosecutors as authorities look for documents and data related to VW's manipulation of diesel emissions. The raid was carried out by three prosecutors and about 50 police officers.... Read More »

GM to recall 31,685 SUVs in North America

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

General Motors said it would recall 31,685 SUVs in North America to repair a manufacturing defect in the windshield wiper motor that may overheat.... Read More »

France moves to end diesel tax breaks amid emissions scandal

Oct. 8, 2015 11:28 CET

France plans to end tax breaks for diesel, ending the special status long enjoyed by the fuel in the wake of Volkswagen Group's emissions scandal.... Read More »


VW's U.S. recall could be thwarted by reluctant diesel owners

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

As VW prepares to explain how it might fix its polluting diesel cars, whatever solution it proposes could be undermined by some owners in the U.S. who won't bring their cars in for a recall and can't be forced to.... Read More »


Merkel sides with auto industry in bid to protect jobs

Oct. 8, 2015 10:58 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she believes Volkswagen is doing its best to clear up its diesel emissions scandal and urged members of the green lobby not to condemn the broader auto industry, warning this could put thousands of jobs at risk.... Read More »

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