Gabe Nelson

Washington D.C., Volkswagen, Audi Reporter

Address: Washington
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Phone: 202-662-7210
E-Mail: gnelson@crain.com

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Hopes dim for VW’s diesel hot hatch in U.S.
3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 16
VW has pulled back on plans to sell a souped-up diesel Golf called the GTD in the United States because importing the GTI sibling’s engine would add too much cost. ...


Audi to revive A3 hatch in U.S., sans gasoline
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16
Audi has decided to bring back the five-door version of its A3 compact to the United States -- but without an ordinary gasoline engine. ...


With SportWagen concept, VW mulls awd for North America
11:39 am U.S. ET | April 14 | UPDATED: 4/15/14 10:00 am ET - adds photo gallery
A certain type of person went gaga when Volkswagen released details on the Golf SportWagen that it will show at the New York auto show this week. ...


Ruling on terminated dealers keeps Chrysler case in the courts
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
About 150 dealerships that lost Chrysler franchises during the company's 2009 bankruptcy won a round in federal court last week. ...


VW touches up Jetta with eye on safety, mpg
6:15 pm U.S. ET | April 13
To help the Jetta level the playing field in terms of crash safety and fuel economy with Japanese rivals like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3, VW has made substantial tweaks ...


Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12
Cost-benefit analysis is a deep-rooted and necessary practice in every industry in which health and safety are at stake. ...


GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows
5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11
A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agre ...


VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine
9:55 am U.S. ET | April 9 | UPDATED: 4/9/14 10:45 am ET - adds VW comments
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen of America has ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an autom ...


VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new Mexico-built engine
April 9, 2014 15:55 CET
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmissi ...


U.S. fines GM for 'troubling' responses on recall questions
5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 8 | UPDATED: 4/8/14 6:40 pm ET - background added
General Motors was hit with federal fines today over its ignition switch crisis after U.S. auto safety regulators concluded the company had not been forthcoming in respon ...


U.S. safety laws poised for revamp
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Capitol Hill's reaction to General Motors CEO Mary Barra's testimony last week sent a clear signal to Washington insiders: Congress is probably headed toward a round of r ...


Tesla's push to replace side-view mirrors sparks safety fears
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
As federal regulators finalized a mandate for rearview cameras last week, Tesla Motors and the industry's main lobbying group sought permission to replace side mirrors wi ...


Clemens and Elizabeth Denks
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Clemens Denks: Age: 38

Title: General manager of investor relations, Volkswagen Group of America

Big break:



Filip Brabec
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 38

Title: Director of product planning, Audi of America

Big break: The fall of the Iron Curtain ...



Lawmakers want heads to roll, and won't excuse Barra
5:56 pm U.S. ET | April 2
Judging from the rough reception GM CEO Mary Barra encountered on Wednesday from the Senate Commerce Committee's consumer protection panel, it was clear that this is just ...


Energy Dept. dangles low-interest financing for suppliers
3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2 | UPDATED: 4/2/14 7:10 pm ET - corrected
The department of energy wants auto suppliers to know that it still has $16 billion in low-interest financing available to support efficient-vehicle programs, and it want ...


3 things the GM hearing exposed: Leaks, blurred lines and a media circus
9:13 pm U.S. ET | April 1 | UPDATED: 4/2/14 8:31 am ET - adds copy of engineer's e-mail
If you boil it down, few new facts emerged from Tuesday's frenzied four-hour U.S. House hearing on GM's recall crisis, prompted by a faulty ignition switch the company ha ...


Victims' families meet with Barra, call for legislation
8:04 am U.S. ET | April 1 | UPDATED: 4/1/14 1:55 pm ET - new story
General Motors CEO Mary Barra held a tearful meeting in Washington late on Monday with about 20 relatives of people who died in GM vehicles that have been subject to reca ...


Critical question went unasked by NHTSA, unanswered by GM
6:45 am U.S. ET | April 1
At this week's congressional hearings, watch for General Motors CEO Mary Barra to apologize deeply for her company's handling of deadly defects in its ignition switches. ...


U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016
April 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The U.S. Department of Transportation has finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 4,536 kgs (10,000 pounds) in w ...


Barra's message to Congress: 'I am deeply sorry'
2:30 pm U.S. ET | March 31
General Motors CEO Mary Barra will tell lawmakers investigating the botched handling of an ignition-switch defect that she is “deeply sorry” for the error and ...


NHTSA’s chief must be feeling Opening Day jitters
11:03 am U.S. ET | March 31
Opening Day is bittersweet when you expect your baseball team to finish last. ...


Tesla, Alliance seek U.S. regulators' OK to ditch side mirrors
3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 31
As long as there have been cars, there have been side mirrors. ...


U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016
12:28 pm U.S. ET | March 31 | UPDATED: 3/31/14 1:49 pm ET - adds details, link, rule
The Department of Transportation today finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have backup came ...


4 big questions for GM, NHTSA
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31
Some of the vexing questions looming over General Motors' decadelong failure to recall cars with a deadly ignition-switch defect could get answers this week -- or at leas ...


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