Volkswagen diesel scandal

  • Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington

    Despite efforts by Chevrolet to step into the void left by Volkswagen, sales of diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S. may have been permanently crippled by the VW diesel emission scandal. In Europe, however, diesel has been entrenched for decades as roughly 50 percent of the market. Even before the scandal, it wasn't expected to rise much beyond that—so the question became to what degree the global VW scandal would tarnish sales of all diesels. DON'T MISS: Here's which VW TDIs can and cannot be fixed Thus far, it appears that the effect hasn't been that large. According to statistics...

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    Asking prices climb for used VW TDI diesels as buybacks proceed

    If you have your eyes on a used Volkswagen or Audi TDI turbodiesel, you may wind up having to pay more today for 2009 through 2015 models than you would have when they were new. At least right now, only 2015 model-year versions of VW and Audi vehicles sold with the 2.0-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder...

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    VW resolves diesel cheating cases with 10 more U.S. states

    Volkswagen Group of America continues to work through a long list of civil and criminal lawsuits over its diesel emission cheating scandal. Yesterday, the company said it had reached agreements with attorneys general in 10 states to resolve environmental claims against it. The pact also covers some...

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    Modified European VW diesels 'undrivable,' say some owners

    Most of the Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sold in the U.S. from 2009 through 2015 are likely to be bought back from their owners, probably leaving fewer than 100,000 on U.S. roads. That's not the case in Europe, where the impacts of the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal are still playing out...

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    VW's Electrify America submits electric-car charging plan to EPA, CARB: now what?

    Volkswagen has submitted a plan for electric-charging infrastructure to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. VW's "Electrify America" plan shows how the automaker would spend funds it is required to commit to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure under the...

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    VW pleads guilty to felonies in diesel emission scandal

    On Friday, Volkswagen pleaded guilty to three criminal charges related to its use of illegal "defeat device" software in diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests. Entry of the plea is the latest step toward resolving the criminal aspect of Volkswagen's diesel scandal in the U.S. A settlement between...

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    Even with a new leader apparently at odds with its mission, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to function on some level. On Thursday, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said carbon dioxide released by human activity is not a major cause of climate change, directly contradicting the scientific consensus. The day before that, however, the EPA's internal watchdog announced plans to confirm the agency's ability to do the job it's charged with. DON'T MISS: Trump's EPA deletes 'science' from Science Office mission statement The EPA Office of the Inspector General will look at whether the...

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    VW diesel cheating produced 1,200 premature deaths: MIT study

    In September 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed Volkswagen's use of illegal "defeat device" software in its diesel cars. The software routines allowed cars to pass emissions tests while still producing up to 35 times the legal limits of nitrogen oxides in real-world driving...

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    Volkswagen diesel buyback: some buyers still waiting

    In October, a federal judge signed the final agreement covering the majority of cars affected by the Volkswagen diesel-emissions scandal. That allowed the Volkswagen Group to start issuing buyback offers for half a million vehicles sold by the VW and Audi brands from 2009 through 2015 that were...

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    VW exec pleads not guilty on diesel cheating charges

    A Volkswagen executive appeared in a federal courtroom in Detroit on Thursday to be arraigned on charges related to the automaker's diesel-emissions cheating. Oliver Schmidt previously headed the VW Group's U.S. regulatory compliance group. He was arrested by the FBI in Florida last month, while...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan
    Chevy Cruze Diesel lawsuit to move into discovery phase

    Shock waves from Volkswagen's admission that it had installed "defeat device" software on its so-called clean diesels to cheat on emission tests continue to reverberate around the auto industry. The diesel-emission scandal that emerged in September 2015 has already cost VW Group more than $20...

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    'Near-zero' diesel cheaper way to cut NOx than electric cars, says diesel lobbying group

    A prominent lobbying group believes environmental remediation funds from Volkswagen diesel settlements should be spent on new "clean" diesel vehicles. The settlement for 2.0-liter TDI cars approved last year requires VW to pay $2.7 billion into a trust, managed by a third party. Volkswagen agreed...

  • Ferdinand Piech, chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group, at 2000 Paris Motor Show

    Statements from the boards of directors of automakers are generally dry, dispassionate, and formal. So the language of a terse item issued yesterday by the board of Volkswagen Group was remarkable in its directness. Not to mention its inferences about the company's former CEO Ferdinand Piech, who remains a powerful and major shareholder. DON'T MISS: VW's home state calls diesel actions 'inexcusable' as scandal expands (Nov 2016) The statement summary read, "The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG emphatically repudiates the assertions made by Ferdinand Piëch as reported recently in the...

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    Which VW diesels can be fixed (updated), and which can't?

    More than 16 months after Volkswagen's use of illegal "defeat device" software in diesel vehicles was announced by the Environmental Protection Agency, some progress is finally being made in addressing the affected cars. Settlements are now in place for almost half a million VW and Audi models with...

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    Bosch to pay VW diesel owners $330 million in emission scandal too

    With a judge set to weigh in on the settlement VW Group negotiated with its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel owners, Volkswagen seems to have settled most of the U.S. legal claims stemming from its diesel-emission cheating scandal. Total costs in the U.S. alone are now more than $20 billion, and among other...

  • 2014 Audi Q5 TDI, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2013
    Settlement for Audi, Porsche, VW 3.0-liter diesel TDI owners announced

    Volkswagen today announced that it had reached a settlement with owners of Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles fitted with its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. Different remedies apply depending on the vehicle's model year: 2009 through 2012 cars will be bought back, while 2013 through 2016 vehicles will be...

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    EU cracks down as diesel scandal exposes lax tests country by country

    The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to much greater scrutiny on the methods regulatory agencies use to test vehicle emissions, particularly in Europe. Even before news of Volkswagen's diesel "defeat device" software broke, the European fuel-economy testing cycle was known to be overly optimistic...

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    VW diesel probe finally reaches to top; former CEO Winterkorn investigated by German prosecutors

    German prosecutors have extended a probe into Volkswagen's use of "defeat device" software in diesel cars to former CEO Martin Winterkorn. Winterkorn, who resigned shortly after the existence of VW "defeat device" software was revealed by the EPA, has said he had no knowledge of the...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

    A settlement between Volkswagen and its U.S. franchised dealers over the diesel-emissions scandal has been approved by a federal judge. First announced last August, the settlement calls for VW dealers to compensated for the alleged loss in value of their franchises related to fallout from the scandal. Dealers initially considered launching a class-action lawsuit against Volkswagen after being left out of the initial settlement for 2.0-liter TDI cars, but elected to negotiate with the automaker instead. DON'T MISS: Where do bought-back VW diesels go? Dead NFL stadiums, among other places...

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    Where do bought-back VW diesels go? Dead NFL stadiums, among other places

    When news of its diesel-emissions cheating broke last September, Volkswagen issued a stop-sale order for affected TDI diesel cars. Now that a settlement for 2.0-liter TDI models has been approved, the automaker is also beginning to buy back cars with illegal "defeat device" software from customers...

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    Court orders full reimbursement for VW diesel owner in Germany

    A lot has been said about Volkswagen's use of "defeat device" software in diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests, but a German court may win the prize for most-creative description. VW "defeat device" software is like putting horse meat in lasagna, three German judges decreed during a recent...

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    VW settles diesel cheating cases: felony pleas, $4.3 billion fines

    Last week, Volkswagen settled an array of criminal and civil charges over its 16-month-old diesel scandal with the U.S. Justice Department. The news of the settlement was quickly swamped by a variety of further stories, both on the regulatory and diesel fronts. Those included the arrest of one...

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    Justice Department launches criminal probe of FCA diesels: report

    It's been a busy week for U.S. agencies as they release information on their final actions before a new administration takes office. Yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice reportedly opened a criminal probe into the actions of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over the emission certification of its...

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    5 more VW diesel execs indicted, including R&D head, after weekend arrest

    On Wednesday, six senior VW Group executives were indicted by the Justice Department on multiple counts of conspiracy and intent to defraud. The charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States, to defraud customers, and to violate the Clean Air Act. All stemmed from the Volkswagen diesel...