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VW closes in on approval for fixes for diesels in Europe

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Volkswagen is closing in on regulatory approval for a series of low-cost fixes to 8.5 million rigged diesel vehicles in Europe, a step forward in its effort to overcome a scandal over cheating on emissions....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW will recall 2.46 million cars with illegal software in Germany, report says

Nov. 30, 2015 11:03 CET

Volkswagen Group will recall 2.46 million diesel vehicles in Germany fitted with illegal emissions-cheating software, including VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models, a newspaper report said....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW knew fuel use in some cars was too high a year ago, report says

Nov. 29, 2015 19:28 CET

VW Group's top executives knew a year ago that some of the company's cars were much less fuel efficient than had been officially stated, a German newspaper reported. Former CEO Martin Winterkorn decided to stop sales of the Polo TDI BlueMotion because the discrepancy was particularly pronounced, the paper said....
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Mercedes to build GLC in Finland starting in 2017

Nov. 26, 2015 11:52 CET

Mercedes will shift some production of its newest SUV, the GLC, to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet starting in 2017. It is part of an expansion that could eventually include building new factories....
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PSA must improve performance in Germany, CEO says

Nov. 26, 2015 16:40 CET

PSA must urgently improve its position in Germany, where its market share lags rivals VW brand and Opel as the automaker fails to convince customers of the value and attractiveness of its cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told a German magazine....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW troubles offset by refugee boost in German economy

Nov. 25, 2015 15:36 CET

The positive impetus, in economic terms, from the influx of refugees to Germany will likely offset the negative effect of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal on the country's growth....
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VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors

Nov. 24, 2015 11:14 CET

The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. The announcement comes after the head of a technical inspection unit accused Berlin of bowing to pressure from automakers....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW denies report of big sales slump on CO2 confession

Nov. 22, 2015 15:54 CET

VW denied a report on Saturday that its sales have slumped since this month's admission that it had understated the level of carbon dioxide emissions for some cars....
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Tesla in talks with Germany over possible battery factory

Nov. 17, 2015 16:17 CET

Tesla is in discussions with the German government about building a battery factory in the country. Tesla has said that Germany is a key market for its household battery-storage systems....
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German gov't denies it will give $5,360 incentive to EV buyers

Nov. 13, 2015 14:29 CET

Germany's transport ministry has denied a report that says the government plans to introduce a buyers' incentive of up to $5,360 for electric cars to encourage the uptake of battery-operated vehicles....
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Germany in talks with automakers after probe finds elevated NOx levels

Nov. 11, 2015 12:14 CET

Germany's diesel pollution probe in the wake of the VW cheating scandal has found signs of higher emissions in some cars, the country's motor transport authority said. Regulators and automakers are in talks about "partly elevated" NOx levels, the KBA said....
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VW target of 'Das Problem' protest by Greenpeace

9:20 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

An environmentalist group protested at VW headquarters in Germany today in the wake of the automaker's emissions scandal by displaying a large banner reading “Das Problem,” a play on VW's “Das Auto” slogan....
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VW engineers admitted rigging CO2 emissions, report says

10:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2015

Several Volkswagen engineers have admitted manipulating carbon dioxide emissions data because goals set by former CEO Martin Winterkorn were difficult to achieve, Bild am Sonntag reported....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Germany is testing diesel cars of foreign automakers, minister says

Nov. 7, 2015 11:01 CET

Germany is testing all diesel vehicles including those from foreign automakers, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told a German newspaper....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Toyota Europe's new boss tackles trouble spots

Nov. 5, 2015 06:01 CET

New Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl has the big task of reviving the automaker's slumping sales in Germany, the region's biggest market. He shared his plans on tackling this and other issues with Automotive News Europe....
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German car sales increased 1% in October

Nov. 3, 2015 11:56 CET

New-car sales in Germany increased by 1 percent in October, with 10-month registrations in Europe's biggest market up 5 percent....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW must act in transparent manner, Merkel says

Oct. 31, 2015 20:24 CET

The Made in Germany brand has not been damaged by VW's diesel-emissions scandal, but the carmaker needs to deal with the matter in a transparent manner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Germany invites U.S. experts to observe diesel tests after VW scandal

Oct. 27, 2015 11:43 CET

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has invited U.S. experts to Germany to observe checks on vehicles with diesel engines ordered as a result of VW's emissions scandal....
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Germany considers measures to promote electric cars, report says

Oct. 22, 2015 14:03 CET

Germany is considering measures that include building more charging stations as it seeks to promote electric vehicles in the wake of Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal, a German paper reported....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

German regional state says VW emissions file is missing

Oct. 21, 2015 10:46 CET

A file on VW's emissions scandal went missing earlier this month, the German state of Lower Saxony said. Lower Saxony is VW's second-biggest shareholder....
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Porsche manipulation trial starts amid VW emissions scandal

Oct. 21, 2015 12:32 CET

Former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and Chief Financial Officer Holger Haerter are scheduled to go on trial Thursday. They face market manipulation charges over their role in Porsche's failed attempt to take over VW Group in 2008....
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Daimler bows to pressure on new refrigerant

Oct. 20, 2015 15:19 CET

Daimler's Mercedes cars division will use the air conditioning refrigerant R1234yf, which it had previously refused to adopt, citing safety risks....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW cars still considered 'outstanding' by 65% of Germans, survey says

Oct. 19, 2015 14:09 CET

Two-thirds of Germans still believe VW builds "outstanding" cars despite the high-profile emissions-test cheating scandal that has damaged the company's image, a survey found....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW will recall 8.5 million cars in Europe

Oct. 15, 2015 16:57 CET

VW Group will embark on one of the biggest recalls in European automotive history, affecting about 8.5 million vehicles in the EU, after German authorities threw out the carmaker's proposal for voluntary repairs....
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Daimler will start trainee program for refugees in Germany

Oct. 14, 2015 11:48 CET

Daimler will offer work experience and German classes for refugees at its Stuttgart factory as part of a plan to qualify several hundred people seeking shelter in Germany....
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