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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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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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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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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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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Fiat Chrysler says it under-reported death, injury claims

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has found “significant” under-reporting of deaths and injuries possibly linked to safety defects in its vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today....
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EPA should do more road emissions tests, critics say

7:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

VW's ability to cheat on emissions screening for seven years is putting pressure on U.S. regulators to change the assessments by adding more road tests to complement laboratory analysis....
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Automakers should explain gap in real-word and lab tests for CO2 emissions

Sept. 28, 2015 16:30 CET

A campaign group said automakers should explain why new cars in Europe have CO2 emissions on the road that are far higher than laboratory tests show....
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VW could lose big around the world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Volkswagen AG has been rattled to the core by a scandal that threatens to batter the VW brand around the world, hand a golden opportunity to its main rivals in Europe -- Ford and Opel -- and all but destroy a long, hard and so far fruitless effort to become a major player in the U.S....
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VW culture: No room to fail

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

How has a peerless automotive organization known for setting outrageous goals -- then exceeding them -- slipped so low?...
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VW's struggling U.S. arm gains clout, loses momentum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2015

From its control center in Germany, Volkswagen AG has reset the system. Now, the company's U.S. operations are waiting to see whether that means a new start or the loss of everything they've worked for....
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PSA, Renault, Opel and Fiat may be hit by fallout from VW's diesel test cheating

Sept. 25, 2015 13:17 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, Fiat and Opel could be hit by Volkswagen's admission that it rigged diesel engines to fool U.S. regulators as the revelations help to accelerate the technology's decline in Europe....
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How VW's diesel emissions system works

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

The emissions system at the heart of the global Volkswagen diesel mess comprises many complex components, all of which have to work perfectly and consistently all the time, or the vehicle will fail to meet pollution standards....
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BMW did not manipulate emissions data, German magazine says

Sept. 25, 2015 10:50 CET

German magazine Auto Bild said it has no indication that BMW Group manipulated diesel emissions tests, clarifying its earlier report that an X3 had produced emissions more than 11 times the European limit when road-tested by the International Council on Clean Transportation....
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Volkswagen emissions scandal dims outlook for diesel

Sept. 24, 2015 10:57 CET

The scandal over Volkswagen's cheating in U.S. car-emissions tests further dims the outlook for diesel, which was once seen as the fuel of the future. The crisis turns the spotlight on concerns about the air pollutants diesel produces and its credibility as a cleaner alternative to gasoline....
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California gears up to penalize Volkswagen

9:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

California is preparing a major enforcement action against Volkswagen AG after the company violated tailpipe emissions tests. Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, said it was too soon to say what penalties would be levied against the company....
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At least 29 U.S. state attorneys general to probe, subpoena Volkswagen

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

At least 29 U.S. state attorneys general today initiated a multi-state investigation of Volkswagen over its representations to consumers over their diesel vehicles, according to a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan....
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BMW denies rigging emissions tests after report on X3 exhaust

7:33 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

BMW said it doesn’t cheat on emissions tests, responding to a report in German magazine Autobild that the X3 SUV exceeded the European limit for air pollution. BMW shares earlier today fell as much as 9.7 percent, the most in more than four years, on concerns that the luxury automaker would be enmeshed in the diesel-emissions scandal....
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Flawed EU engine tests highlighted by VW's cheating in U.S.

Sept. 23, 2015 16:26 CET

Volkswagen Group's outing as an emissions test cheat in the U.S. has cast an unflattering light on regulatory failings closer to home, adding momentum to a push underway to close gaping European loopholes....
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VW is a repeat offender on 'defeat devices'

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

VW's software designed to hoodwink environmental regulators was hardly the first instance of automakers getting busted for running afoul of U.S. emissions rules using so-called defeat devices. It wasn't even VW's first....
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BLOG: A cautionary tale of 2 dealership groups and compliance

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Just two years after the FTC charged them with deceptive advertising, two dealership groups caught fire again. And it’s costing them....
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How U.S. lawyers were so quick off the mark to sue Volkswagen

10:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Less than four days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Volkswagen had designed some of its diesel models to cheat emissions tests, lawyers have brought at least 25 class actions on behalf of scores of car owners in all 50 U.S. states....
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German government denies it knew of diesel-rigging technology

Sept. 23, 2015 12:19 CET

Germany's transport ministry denied that it had known about the technology Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests despite acknowledging only months ago that it knew of a gap between test and on-road emissions....
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Green group calls for EU-wide type approval body

Sept. 23, 2015 10:15 CET

The EU should set up a single, independent authority to test vehicles in the bloc's 28 nations, says a green lobby group which also claims the scandal of Volkswagen using diesel "defeat" devices is just the "tip of the iceberg."...
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FTC urged to investigate VW diesel advertising claims

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

In a widening of the U.S. government's pressure on Volkswagen, a top U.S. senator today called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Volkswagen's advertising of its diesel engines and explore possible recourse for consumers who purchased the vehicles....
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