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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....
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German gov't, automakers aim for deal by March to boost EV sales

Feb. 3, 2016 11:56 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is pushing for an agreement within the next month together with German automakers to boost electric car sales in the country as demand for EVs fails to take off in the market....
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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....
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Germany considers $5,500 incentive for electric cars

Jan. 29, 2016 16:07 CET

German politicians will discuss creating incentives worth up to $5,500 to boost sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, and may consider whether automakers could co-finance the new subsidies....
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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....
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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....
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VW given deadline to come clean by No. 2 shareholder

Jan. 25, 2016 16:39 CET

Volkswagen Group has been given three months by the prime minister of Lower Saxony, the carmaker's second-biggest shareholder, to provide a full account of the roots of its diesel-emissions cheating scandal....
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VW probe shows many bosses knew of 'defeat devices' as far back as 2006, report says

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Many of VW's managers and staff dealing with emissions problems in the engine-development department knew about "defeat devices" being developed as far back as 2006, a German newspaper said today, citing results from VW's internal investigation....
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VW criticized by Germany for unequal treatment of customers

7:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

VW is not doing itself any favors by offering unequal compensation for U.S. and European customers following an emissions scandal last year, a German justice ministry spokesman said today....
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GM creates Maven car-sharing brand

Jan. 21, 2016 10:57 CET

General Motors is folding car-sharing services in Germany and the U.S. into a unit called Maven....
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Ford launches output of German-built Focus RS; hot hatch will be available by spring

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The Focus RS, the high-performance European version of Ford's popular hatchback, began production today in Germany, Ford said....
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Germany may offer 2 billion euros in EV subsidies, report says

Jan. 14, 2016 10:56 CET

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to commit two billion euros ($2.17 billion) to encourage more people to buy electric cars by providing government subsidies to consumers, a German newspaper reported....
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VW brand trails rivals' big gains in Germany

Jan. 7, 2016 12:01 CET

Sales of Volkswagen brand cars in Germany last month trailed rivals Ford and Opel, as well as strong market growth, in the aftermath of the automaker's emissions-rigging scandal....
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Germany, France, Italy, Spain report robust car sales in December

Jan. 5, 2016 11:33 CET

European new-car sales are showing a strong finish to 2015 as December registrations rose in the key markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain....
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Porsche union workers agree to concessions to produce electric car

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2015

Porsche workers have agreed to concessions worth several hundred million euros to secure production of an all-electric sports car at the manufacturer's biggest plant, a company spokesman said....
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Daimler chairman wants sales chief groomed as next CEO, report says

10:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2015

Daimler sales chief Ola Kaellenius could be in line to become the carmaker's next CEO, but not for several years as incumbent Dieter Zetsche may have his contract extended by three years through 2019, a German magazine reported....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW gets approval for diesel fixes in Europe

Dec. 16, 2015 15:23 CET

German authorities signed off on Volkswagen Group's proposed fixes for about 8.5 million diesel engines in Europe that contain software designed to cheat emissions tests, with repairs set to start early next year....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

Germany to retest VW diesel emissions after engine fixes, report says

Dec. 15, 2015 12:20 CET

German authorities will retest the emissions of Volkswagen Group diesel vehicles after the company has installed fixes in cars caught up in a cheating scandal, a German daily reported....
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Germany calls EU accusations over car refrigerant row 'groundless'

Dec. 11, 2015 13:58 CET

The German government said the European Commission's accusations against Berlin and Daimler in a row over a banned refrigerant were “groundless.” The EU is taking Germany to court for failing to stop the automaker using the R-134a refrigerant in Mercedes cars....
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Germany taken to court by EU over Daimler's use of banned refrigerant

Dec. 10, 2015 13:07 CET

The European Union will take Germany to court for permitting Daimler to use a refrigerant for car air-conditioning systems that is banned because of its global warming potential....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German industry's reaction to VW scandal is another scandal

4:29 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2015

When historians examine the factors that resulted in the VW emissions crisis, they might want to look at the German industry lobby's failure to address the lax regulatory oversight that allowed the scandal to happen....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German industry's reaction to VW scandal is another scandal

4:29 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2015

When historians examine the factors that resulted in the VW emissions crisis, they might want to look at the German industry lobby's failure to address the lax regulatory oversight that allowed the scandal to happen....
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VW brand sales slide 2% in Germany in November

Dec. 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Registrations of VW brand cars fell 2 percent in Germany last month in a total market that rose by nearly 9 percent....
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VW's billionaire owners to face workers for first time since scandal broke

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Volkswagen AG's billionaire owners are set to break their silence on Wednesday, more than two months after the carmaker's admission to cheating on emissions tests, in a bid for workers' support as the company seeks a path out of the scandal....
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German car sales will grow 4% this year despite VW scandal, industry body says

Dec. 1, 2015 12:47 CET

Germany's auto market will shake off Volkswagen's emissions scandal to grow 4 percent this year and will expand slightly further in 2016, the VDA industry association said. German car sales rose 9 percent in November....
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