VW emissions violations put self-certification under new scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2015

VW's diesel scandal has exposed holes in the U.S. emissions testing regime, prompting regulators to launch new tests. It's also prompting a second look at the principle of self-certification, the streamlined system by which automakers and regulators work to ensure compliance with federal clean-air laws....
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VW's deep political ties in Germany seen as a key asset

Oct. 3, 2015 06:01 CET

At VW Group, political connections come already fitted. The company's political and economic power -- about a third of VW's almost 600,000 positions are in Germany -- ensures the scandal engulfing VW is too big a threat to national prosperity for the government to be a neutral observer....
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EPA: Post-VW emissions scrutiny tthe new normal

7:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

The tougher auto emission tests that U.S. regulators adopted in the wake of Volkswagen's violations with diesel engines are permanent and could lead to more regulations down the road if more problems surface, a senior EPA official said Friday....
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The Japanese emissions equipment maker that humbled VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Horiba, an obscure Japanese manufacturer that makes about 70 percent of the world's auto emissions testing systems, played a key role in uncovering violations that promise to dog Volkswagen for months to come....
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Pacific trade pact would open Japanese market to U.S. vehicles, report says

8:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

A U.S.-Japan agreement on autos trade as part of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal would have its own dispute settlement mechanism, including penalties, if Japan does not open its market enough to U.S. vehicles, a source close to the trade negotiations said....
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BLOG: Old Auto scandals create opening for New Auto

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Facing a rising tide of disruptors, Old Auto desperately needs to stop being its own worst enemy....
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California to launch separate VW emissions probe, report says

6:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

California plans to conduct its own probe of Volkswagen in the widening fallout from the company’s admission that 11 million of its diesel vehicles use software to cheat emissions tests, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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Nissan recalls Versa to fix suspension prone to corrosion from road salt

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Nissan is recalling 218,019 Versa cars in the U.S. to fix a front suspension problem caused by road salt that can corrode the front coil springs....
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NHTSA upgrades probe of Ford police interceptor for brake failure

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

NHTSA upgraded an investigation of 20,275 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles over sudden brake failures....
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BLOG: Look again: VW dropping but industry is rocking

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Take wandering Labor Day out of the sales equation and look at August and September as a single period. No brand was as bad as it looked in August, or as good as it looked in September, especially Volkswagen....
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CFPB says Westlake, Wilshire engaged in illegal debt collection ploys

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is accusing Westlake Financial Services and Wilshire Consumer Credit, its auto title lending subsidiary, of illegal debt collection ploys, including extending loan terms without permission and failing to disclose loans' annual percentage rates. The CFPB is ordering the lenders to pay consumers $44.1 million in relief....
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VW's Horn to face U.S. House panel over emissions violations

6:38 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn will go before a U.S. House panel next week to answer questions from lawmakers about the company's violations of U.S. diesel emissions rules....
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VW scandal may force faster EU move to tougher emissions tests, Spain minister says

Oct. 1, 2015 16:16 CET

Spanish Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said the EU should consider accelerating a plan to toughen car-pollution tests after VW Group admitted to rigging diesel engines to bypass emission controls....
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EPA says recall of VW diesel cars 'likely'

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

The EPA said today that a recall of affected Volkswagen diesel cars in the ongoing emissions scandal would "likely" take place....
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Scandal-plagued VW brand ekes out gain

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Volkswagen of America finished a scandal-ridden month with roughly flat U.S. sales, defying forecasts that a mid-month halt to diesel vehicle sales and a black eye to its brand image would hammer its September results....
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VW's workforce feels effects of emissions scandal

Oct. 1, 2015 15:17 CET

VW Group's global workforce of 600,000 employees is starting to feel the effects of the diesel-emissions scandal as the carmaker cuts spending, drops shifts and freezes hiring in anticipation of fines, recalls and a drop in U.S. sales....
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Bosch, Conti, ZF, others drawn to booming market for driver-assistance tech

Oct. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The auto industry's adoption of driver-assistance systems is looking like a gold rush. This year, global sales of the radar, cameras, controllers and software used for the technology will total $10.6 billion, analysts say. By 2020, they expect that figure to double....
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VW emissions scandal will curb Czech, Hungarian growth, report says

Sept. 30, 2015 15:02 CET

The Czech and Hungarian economies will be hit hard by Volkswagen's diesel-emissions scandal, analysts say. VW owns the Czech Republic's biggest carmaker, Skoda, and produces engines in Hungary....
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France will ask VW to repay clean-car aid, minister says

Sept. 30, 2015 16:03 CET

France will ask Volkswagen to refund state subsidies that have been distributed for the purchase of vehicles caught up in VW's diesel-emissions scandal. The call comes as Spain said VW had agreed to return state car-purchase subsidies on vehicles fitted with manipulated software....
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BLOG: Before CFPB crackdown, how about some guidance?

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cracks down on auto lenders, it should offer guidance on what its dealer reserve standards are....
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Ford recalls new F-150s for cruise control glitch, older Windstars for rear axle problem

11:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Ford Motor is recalling about 37,000 of the current-generation F-150s because the adaptive cruise control can be fooled by other trucks on the road and 342,000 Windstar minivans for possible cracking in the rear axle....
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VW's diesel tax breaks could be a focus for U.S. prosecutors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Volkswagen's push to secure tax breaks that kick-started a market for its new diesel cars could now help U.S. investigators build a case against the automaker for deceiving the government about their emissions, lawyers say....
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Automakers summoned to Washington amid reporting lapses, fines

7:17 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he is going to summon the major automakers to Washington to discuss the need for accurate reporting of safety defects, an action that comes amid a series of high-profile lapses and scandals involving the industry....
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GM's new diesel pickups first to get extra scrutiny from EPA, CARB

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

GM has been told by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board that the new diesel-powered versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will not be certified until they have been tested on the road as well as in the lab....
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BLOG: VW's travails aside, diesel fans remain loyal

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

There is a lot of chatter about VW's emissions scam being the death knell for the diesel engine in the U.S. Why it won't happen....
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