VW diesels, with operative emissions gear, are slower and thirstier, Consumer Reports finds

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Two Volkswagen models with 2.0-liter diesel engines are slightly slower and thirstier with their emissions systems active, according to road tests by Consumer Reports....
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VW faces Nov. 20 deadline in California for fix to diesel violations

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

California is giving VW until November 20 to come up with a plan to fix diesel models affected by its rigging of emissions tests, a spokesman for the California Air Resources Board said....
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Volkswagen's U.S. boss blames 'individuals' for cheating

Oct. 9, 2015 09:18 CET

VW's rigging of diesel emissions tests was not a company decision but the result of actions by a small number of engineers, its top U.S. executive said....
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VW will recall 100,000 vehicles with emissions-cheating devices in Australia

Oct. 9, 2015 14:17 CET

VW Group will conduct a voluntary recall of vehicles in Australia fitted with devices designed to cheat emissions tests, as it increased the estimated number of affected cars to nearly 100,000....
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Texas sues VW claiming deception, diesel pollution

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Texas joined the Volkswagen litigation bandwagon, accusing the company’s U.S. unit of violating state consumer protection laws and clean air standards by using rigged software in some of it diesel vehicles....
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A Stanford professor's quest to fix driverless cars' major flaw

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

As the autonomous car movement barrels ahead, Chris Gerdes is raising questions about ethical choices that must inevitably be programmed into the robotic minds expected one day soon to be driving along the nation's highways....
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BLOG: VW's emissions cheating has taken the gloss off my Touran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Last year I bought a 2011 Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI with the promise of super-frugal motoring, clean diesel technology and a zippy little engine. But VW's emissions-cheating scandal now leaves me wondering whether my minivan will end up slower, thirstier and ultimately less valuable....
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Russian car sales plunge as automakers raise prices

Oct. 9, 2015 11:22 CET

Russian car sales plunged more than forecast in September, slumping the most in three months as a weaker ruble pushed automakers to raise prices....
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3 Nishikawa Rubber execs indicted by U.S. for price-fixing

5:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. were indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in the auto supply chain’s ongoing price-fixing scandal....
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Older VW diesels will need software and hardware fixes, Horn tells lawmakers

12:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

A software fix won't be enough to bring most of the 482,000 vehicles involved in its emissions violations scandal into compliance with U.S. clean air laws, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn testified in a congressional hearing today....
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VW's 2016 diesel sales 'months' away

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Volkswagen of America isn't expected to begin selling 2016 models with 2.0-liter diesel engines for several months as the EPA plans to subject the vehicles to a battery of tests to ensure they comply with U.S. emissions laws....
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Volkswagen offices raided by German prosecutors

Oct. 8, 2015 15:28 CET

VW Group offices were searched by German prosecutors as authorities look for documents and data related to VW's manipulation of diesel emissions. The raid was carried out by three prosecutors and about 50 police officers....
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GM to recall 31,685 SUVs in North America

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

General Motors said it would recall 31,685 SUVs in North America to repair a manufacturing defect in the windshield wiper motor that may overheat....
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France moves to end diesel tax breaks amid emissions scandal

Oct. 8, 2015 11:28 CET

France plans to end tax breaks for diesel, ending the special status long enjoyed by the fuel in the wake of Volkswagen Group's emissions scandal....
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VW's U.S. recall could be thwarted by reluctant diesel owners

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

As VW prepares to explain how it might fix its polluting diesel cars, whatever solution it proposes could be undermined by some owners in the U.S. who won't bring their cars in for a recall and can't be forced to....
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Merkel sides with auto industry in bid to protect jobs

Oct. 8, 2015 10:58 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she believes Volkswagen is doing its best to clear up its diesel emissions scandal and urged members of the green lobby not to condemn the broader auto industry, warning this could put thousands of jobs at risk....
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VW withdraws EPA application for '16 models with 2-liter diesels

3:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Volkswagen withdrew its application for EPA certification for 2016 models with 2.0-liter diesel engines until they comply with U.S. emissions standards. Without EPA certification, the cars can't be sold, which means there could be a longer wait for certain diesel models....
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FCA, UAW back at table as strike threat looms

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

As the threat of a strike hangs over them, negotiators from Fiat Chrysler and the UAW continued to meet today, a union spokesman said....
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NADA's Fox sees progress on CFPB bill

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

After discussions with legislators last week, Bill Fox, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, says he is confident that a bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's auto lending guidance will pass....
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Bosch's popular diesel engine software was not preprogrammed to cheat

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

A popular diesel engine management program used by several top automakers, including Volkswagen AG, was not pre-programmed to detect when a vehicle was undergoing laboratory emissions testing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a former EPA official....
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EPA to weigh VW gains from violations in setting penalties

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Just how much money VW made by cheating U.S.diesel emissions tests will be a factor in the penalties that will be assessed, according to the EPA. The agency is also expected to look at how much harm the excess pollution from Volkswagen's violations caused, and the best ways to mitigate that damage....
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U.S. senators probe tax credit related to VW 'clean-burning' cars

9:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Top senators on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee are investigating Volkswagen's actions related to federal tax credits designed to reward consumers for buying environmentally-friendly vehicles, according to a letter released today....
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U.S. hearing into VW violations puts industry, EPA under scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive will field questions from U.S. lawmakers Thursday on how the company managed to evade pollution rules, kicking off a probe into the scandal and whether other automakers might be implicated. The high-profile proceedings will also scrutinize the EPA's failure to identify the VW violations for years....
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EU industry chief seeks faster action on emissions tests despite German objections

Oct. 7, 2015 10:43 CET

The EU's industrial policy chief urged an acceleration of work on tougher EU emissions tests for new vehicles despite objections from Germany. A proposed timetable to introduce real-driving emission tests is too strict for the car industry, Germany argues....
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BLOG: Why TPP gives Japanese automakers an edge

7:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to this week's historic Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so....
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