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VW drops 'Das Auto' slogan as it seeks to win back trust

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen is launching an advertising campaign in Europe this month that will also roll out globally aimed at winning back trust and sales lost through its diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The campaign drops the slogan "Das Auto" previously used by the automaker in its marketing....
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VW, seeking approval on emissions fix, replaces top U.S. lawyer

11:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Volkswagen AG replaced the head of its U.S. legal department with an outside lawyer as it seeks approval to fix nearly 600,000 vehicles that had software allowing them to cheat on emission levels....
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Honda warns dealerships of liability as it widens airbag recall

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

American Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recalls by more than 2 million vehicles and warned dealers that they could face legal exposure for unrepaired vehicles if they violate a related stop-sale order for the affected cars....
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Automakers win fight for diluted EU car-pollution test

Feb. 3, 2016 14:13 CET

Automakers won their fight for a diluted EU plan for testing NOx emissions of cars under real-driving conditions. The plan today cleared the final hurdle in the European Parliament, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's test-cheating scandal....
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Audi's Super Bowl ad reaches for the moon

11:17 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Audi is back in the Super Bowl with an R8 spot that reaches for the moon. The 60-second first-quarter ad, "The Commander," centers on a retired astronaut who "rediscovers his lust for life" with the help of the R8 V-10-plus supercar....
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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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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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Takata must change culture to prevent another safety crisis, panel says

6:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Takata Corp. must make quality a part of company culture if it hopes to prevent future safety defects like the exploding airbags at the center of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, a panel appointed by the Tokyo-based manufacturer to review its manufacturing process concluded....
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Fiat Chrysler will offer new settings for diesel engines to make them cleaner

Feb. 2, 2016 10:56 CET

Fiat Chrysler will offer new calibrations to make its most recent generation of diesel vehicles cleaner on the road after completing an internal review of its cars following the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal....
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French automakers lose ground to rebounding VW

Feb. 1, 2016 13:04 CET

French new-car registrations increased 3.5 percent in January, as Volkswagen Group appeared to shrug off the scandal over its diesel test-rigging with sales rising 12 percent, outpacing Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen....
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VW faces U.S. deadline for SUV emission repair plan

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Volkswagen faces a Feb. 2 deadline to submit a repair plan for 80,000 diesel SUVs and larger cars that emit excess pollution, even as it considers buying back some vehicles and a prior fix plan for smaller vehicles was rejected....
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VW wins approval to start European recall of rigged diesels

Jan. 28, 2016 11:12 CET

VW Group won approval for the first stage of its recall of 8.5 million VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat vehicles in Europe with rigged diesel engines - while at the same time disputing that the recall means the models have "defeat" devices as defined by EU law....
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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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GM ignition switch accords challenged over alleged lawyer conflict

8:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

A settlement fund for the benefit of more than 1,000 GM customers who sued over faulty ignition switches should be re-examined by a judge because the lawyer who negotiated it had a conflict of interest, another plaintiff attorney involved in the cases alleged....
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EU regulators fine Japanese suppliers 138 million euros for price fixing

Jan. 26, 2016 13:09 CET

EU antitrust regulators fined Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Ltd. a total of 137.8 million euros ($149.8 million) for fixing prices of car alternators and starters. Supplier Denso avoided a fine after alerting officials to the existence of the cartel....
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BLOG: Why the time has come for a Takata bailout

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

It's time for Takata's largest customers to seize the company and ensure it can meet all of the legal and safety obligations arising from its faulty airbag inflators....
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Europe proposes changes in new-car approvals in light of VW scandal

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

EU regulators will propose a shakeup of rules on authorizing new models of cars to prevent a rerun of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, firing the starting gun on a tough debate as governments and industry resist change....
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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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Lawyers leading fatal-defect case against GM must go, rival says

8:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The lead attorneys in a sprawling group of lawsuits against General Motors over defective ignition switches failed and should be removed, a rival lawyer who helped reveal the deadly flaw urged in a blistering court filing....
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VW labor leader rejects efficiency drive at core brand

Jan. 25, 2016 10:36 CET

VW labor leader Bernd Osterloh has rejected a push by management for a big rise in productivity at the automaker's core brand and said planned structural changes were causing "unease" among workers, a report 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 CEO calls for new emissions tests

Jan. 25, 2016 22:44 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller called for emissions tests in Europe to be reworked to close the gap between laboratory and real-world results, an issue brought to public attention by the German car manufacturer's 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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First GM ignition-switch lawsuit is dismissed amid perjury allegations

9:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

The Oklahoma mail carrier at the center of the first trial over General Motors' deadly ignition-switch defect is dropping his claims after being accused of lying to the court....
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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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