Every scandal comes down to a set of related questions: who knew what, and when did they know it? Thus far, in the VW diesel emission scandal, those questions remain unanswered. A report from an independent inquiry into the entire chain of events, commissioned by VW Group and conducted by law firm Jones Day, was to have been released in April. DON'T MISS: VW diesel plan gets preliminary approval, but buyback offers won't start yet That date has been pushed back indefinitely by VW, likely to the end of the year or perhaps even later. The company said that releasing the report and its...
VW CEO's 'plea for mercy' to Obama over diesel cheating scandal
Sometimes the language and imagery of a news story is so startling that you're drawn to read it despite yourself. (The writer gets double points if it you're lured in without the phrase, "...and you'll never guess what happens next!") A headline and phrase last week in The New York Times happened...John Voelcker
Can Diesel Emission-Cheating Scandal Change VW Culture?
German automakers are both famously opaque in their management and remarkably leaky about their future product plans. And in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal, now in its sixth month, VW Group has been turned upside down, shaken, and stirred. But will the changes be enough to break...John Voelcker
VW Bites Back: Doubts Diesel Whistleblower, Says Defeat Software Legal In Europe
Another week brings more new stories on the diesel-emission cheating scandal that threatens to dig Volkswagen deeper into a ditch of its own making. Following reports in German newspapers late last week suggesting that the "defeat device" software was an "open secret" in VW's engine group, the...John Voelcker
VW CEO Müller: Automotive Future Must Not Be Left To Silicon Valley
Like many automakers, Volkswagen Group has had a research facility in Silicon Valley for many years. In 2011, Its Electronics Research Laboratory--first launched in 1998--tripled its size and moved northward from Palo Alto to Belmont. It now has almost 100 people. But new VW Group CEO Matthias...John Voelcker