Volkswagen

VW delays 2015 results due to open issues on emissions

Feb. 5, 2016 14:34 CET

Volkswagen said its emissions scandal will delay its publication of last year's results, as the automaker struggles to determine the financial impact of its cheating.... Read More »

VW launches ad campaign without 'Das Auto' slogan

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen is launching an advertising campaign in Europe this month that will also roll out globally aimed at winning back trust and sales lost through its diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The campaign drops the slogan "Das Auto" previously used by the automaker in its marketing.... Read More »

Bentley preps fastback Bentayga

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Bentley is hatching plans to introduce a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the brand’s first SUV. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said advance design and engineering work on a performance-enhanced, fastback Bentayga variant are under way, though the program still needs formal approval.... Read More »

VW, seeking approval on emissions fix, replaces top U.S. lawyer

11:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Volkswagen AG replaced the head of its U.S. legal department with an outside lawyer as it seeks approval to fix nearly 600,000 vehicles that had software allowing them to cheat on emission levels.... Read More »

Luxury car sales surge in Russia despite crisis

Feb. 3, 2016 16:34 CET

More and more Porsche, Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars are appearing on Russian roads as wealthy buyers take advantage of a weak ruble that means luxury cars are considerably cheaper in Russia than in the U.S.... Read More »

Audi's Super Bowl ad reaches for the moon

11:17 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Audi is back in the Super Bowl with an R8 spot that reaches for the moon. The 60-second first-quarter ad, "The Commander," centers on a retired astronaut who "rediscovers his lust for life" with the help of the R8 V-10-plus supercar.... Read More »

VW's sales in Germany slip amid diesel scandal

Feb. 3, 2016 08:30 CET

VW, Skoda and Seat sales fell last month in Germany in a market where total registrations rose 3.3 percent. VW brand sales declined by 8.6 percent in a sign that the automaker's diesel scandal may be deterring buyers.... Read More »

Automakers' political power may sway EU pollution-test vote

Feb. 2, 2016 12:02 CET

A European plan to test cars' pollution levels under real driving conditions may survive a veto threat this week, signaling that the VW cheating scandal has done little to reduce the auto industry's political influence.... Read More »

VW Group sends proposal to fix rigged 3.0-liter diesels to U.S., Calif. regulators

8:23 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Under deadline Tuesday, Volkswagen Group of America submitted to U.S. and California regulators a draft plan to recall and repair thousands of 3.0-liter diesel vehicles containing illegal emissions software.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Skoda set to take on Hyundai and Kia in large SUV segment

Feb. 2, 2016 10:12 CET

Skoda signaled it will expand its SUV offerings with a new model that will rival vehicles such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. VW Group's Czech brand released sketches of the VisionS large SUV concept that will debut at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

Audi prepares recall of rigged diesels in Germany

Feb. 2, 2016 11:08 CET

Audi expects to begin recalling models fitted with rigged diesels in Germany next month. Audi plans to fix 580,000 cars in the country as part of a recall that will be expanded across Europe.... Read More »

VW sinks to 5-year low; Audi extends streak

1:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Volkswagen's U.S. sales fell 15 percent last month, the embattled brand's third-straight monthly decline, while sibling brand Audi kept up its own streak, recording its 61st straight monthly U.S. sales record.... Read More »

Microbus-styled mini-MPV to use new electric platform

11:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

The purely electric and distantly Microbus-related Volkswagen BUDD-e will see production in the near future, Britain's Car magazine reports.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler will offer new settings for diesel engines to make them cleaner

Feb. 2, 2016 10:56 CET

Fiat Chrysler will offer new calibrations to make its most recent generation of diesel vehicles cleaner on the road after completing an internal review of its cars following the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal.... Read More »

Former Opel CEO Demant retires after VW role

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's international projects chief, Hans Demant, has retired, ending a long career that was mainly spent at General Motors' European operations where he was known as "Mr. Opel."... Read More »

French automakers lose ground to rebounding VW

Feb. 1, 2016 13:04 CET

French new-car registrations increased 3.5 percent in January, as Volkswagen Group appeared to shrug off the scandal over its diesel test-rigging with sales rising 12 percent, outpacing Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.... Read More »

VW faces U.S. deadline for SUV emission repair plan

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Volkswagen faces a Feb. 2 deadline to submit a repair plan for 80,000 diesel SUVs and larger cars that emit excess pollution, even as it considers buying back some vehicles and a prior fix plan for smaller vehicles was rejected.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Dealership picks up on VW enthusiast vibe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Smith Volkswagen launched a performance and tuning center in 2014. The staff turns stock showroom inventory into high-performance, one-of-a-kind vehicles using parts and accessories from both VW and leading aftermarket manufacturers. Then they share their projects on VWVortex.com, the online meeting place for thousands of die-hard VW enthusiasts.... Read More »

VW halts production at Passat, gearbox plants in Germany

Jan. 30, 2016 09:54 CET

Volkswagen halted production at a German factory that builds Passats and at its main gearbox plant as the automaker grapples with reduced demand and technical problems.... Read More »

VW CEO Mueller casts doubt on whistleblower's account of emissions scandal

Jan. 28, 2016 12:41 CET

VW CEO Matthias Mueller cast doubt on a newspaper report that said many managers at the automaker knew of, or were involved in, developing emissions test-rigging devices.... Read More »

Bosch probes whether its staff helped VW's emissions rigging

Jan. 27, 2016 10:03 CET

Bosch is carrying out an internal probe to investigate whether any of its staff were involved in Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests, the supplier's CEO, Volkmar Denner, said.... Read More »

Toyota stays top-selling automaker for fourth year as VW retreats

Jan. 27, 2016 10:40 CET

Toyota stayed the world's top-selling automaker for the fourth straight year and was the only company to deliver more than 10 million vehicles as Volkswagen fell back amid its emissions scandal.... Read More »

Europe proposes changes in new-car approvals in light of VW scandal

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

EU regulators will propose a shakeup of rules on authorizing new models of cars to prevent a rerun of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, firing the starting gun on a tough debate as governments and industry resist change.... Read More »

VW's top committee will meet Feb. 3 on emissions crisis, report says

Jan. 26, 2016 12:09 CET

VW's supervisory board executive panel, the automaker's top committee, will meet for the third time in three weeks on Feb. 3, as the automaker continues to grapple with a scandal over rigged diesel emissions tests, sources said.... Read More »

VW labor leader rejects efficiency drive at core brand

Jan. 25, 2016 10:36 CET

VW labor leader Bernd Osterloh has rejected a push by management for a big rise in productivity at the automaker's core brand and said planned structural changes were causing "unease" among workers, a report said.... Read More »

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