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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: how will tomorrow's election affect Volkswagen's future?
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: how will tomorrow's election affect Volkswagen's future?

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 18 months--and if you have, oh, how we envy you--you know that tomorrow is election day in the U.S. What does that have to do with cars? Well, as many of us remember from 2008, the government can have a great deal of influence, both positive and...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: settlement package finally approved, Audi may buy back 25,000 Q7s

Many Americans reported hearing a long, heaving sigh yesterday afternoon. While initial reports suggested that the noise might've been caused by a great ebbing in The Force, further investigation has shown that it's more likely the collective sound of relief being uttered by 475,000 VW and Audi...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: U.S. dealers get $1.2 billion compensation, GM announces 3 new diesels

With less than a month to go before election day, most of America's news headlines are focused on the presidential election--and rightly so. But in the background, the non-stop fiacsco known as Dieselgate has been lumbering on. Here are a few of the recent items you might've missed: America's VW...Read More»

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Dieselgate Update: U.S. debating how large a fine Volkswagen can withstand

It might be hard to believe, but we're heading into the 13th month of the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal. Is there light at the end of the tunnel for the beleaguered German automaker, or is that just an oncoming train? Judge for yourself in this week's Dieselgate update. How much of a penalty can...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update, 1 year later: U.S. diesels dead?

Yesterday marked a grim anniversary in the automotive world: one year earlier, on September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publicly accused Volkswagen of equipping 482,000 Audi and VW diesels with defeat devices that allowed them to cheat on emissions tests. The long, ugly saga...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: owners opt for buybacks, not fixes & is a 3.0-liter fix coming?

Volkswagen has had another lousy week due to the ongoing Dieselgate scandal. Admittedly, there were a few bright spots thanks to Audi and Porsche, but those have been overshadowed by gloom and doom from the mass-market VW brand. Worst of all may be early data on the company's U.S. repair and...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Germany approves fixes, bigger compensation packages coming to U.S.?

If you live in Europe and own a vehicle that's been affected by the Volkswagen diesel scandal, we have good news to share in our quasi-weekly roundup of Dieselgate news. If, on the other hand, you actually work for Volkswagen...well, maybe you should grab another cup of coffee first. 1. Germany...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: MD, MA, NY file suits; BMW diesels delayed; South Korean sales stop

Earlier this week, Volkswagen announced that it was getting out of the diesel business--at least in the U.S., and at least for the forseeable future. That was undoubtedly the worst news related to the ongoing Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal that we've seen over the past week, but it's not the only...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: California rejects 3.0-liter fix (again), fines VW $86 million

Tesla isn't the only automaker that's having a bad week. If Elon Musk is buying, Volkswagen could use a drink or three. At the end of June, Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal seemed like it was finally coming to an end--or at least the beginning of an end. After nearly ten long, confusing months, the...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: European owners get shafted, and can 85,000 3.0-liters be fixed?

Summer's here, and the time is right for dancing in the streets--unless you work for Volkswagen, where dancing is kept to a strict minimum thanks to the ongoing Dieselgate scandal. Here are a few of the not-so-clean diesel stories that have crossed our desks in the past few days: Fix is possible...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: VW sales plummet, but Audi & Porsche are bringing home das bacon

It's been a relatively slow couple of weeks on the Volkswagen Dieselgate front, but that'll change within the next few days. By June 21, Volkswagen will unveil its plan to fix and/or buy back some 482,000 2.0-liter Audi and VW U.S. diesels equipped with emissions-test-cheating devices. (No word yet...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: VW & regulators making progress, new game plan coming next month

There's good news and bad news on the Volkswagen Dieselgate front. The good news is, Volkswagen and U.S. regulators appear closer than ever to reaching a deal that could finally result in emissions test-cheating diesels being fixed or bought back by the automaker. The bad news? Volkswagen still has...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Pushback on 3.0-liter diesel suit, execs rake in $455 million

There's been a lot of news about Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate crisis the past few days. Join us as we pour ourselves a bowl of muesli, drown it in pilsener, and recap the top stories: 1. Volkswagen may compensate struggling dealers: VW's U.S. sales have been slow for many years, but they...Read More»

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Volkswagen has another fix for 3.0-liter Audi, Porsche, VW diesels: Will this one be approved?

Last month, Volkswagen submitted plans to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to fix or buyback some 482,000 smaller, 2.0-liter diesels from Audi and VW. Now, it looks as if the German automaker is preparing another proposal to deal with 85,000 additional...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Audi made defeat device in 1999, scandal-related costs rising fast

Last Thursday, Volkswagen surprised more than a few observers by meeting a court-ordered deadline to submit repair plans for 482,000 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels equipped with defeat devices that help them cheat on emissions tests. That's the good news. The bad news? The recall/buyback plan...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Sales stumble in Germany, and who's buying all those VW dealerships?

Germans have a reputation for being on-time, and this week, Volkswagen will have a chance to prove (or disprove) that stereotype in a very big way. A federal judge has given the automaker until Thursday to submit plans for fixing 482,000 Audi and VW 2.0-liter diesels equipped with defeat devices...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Fix deadline may pass again, Mercedes sued for diesel cheating, too

It's tough to keep up with all the news about Volkswagen's 11 million illegally equipped diesels, so we've summed up some of the biggest Dieselgate stories of the past week: Volkswagen may miss fix deadline again: In February, a federal judge gave Volkswagen until March 24 to submit a fix for...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Dealers confront VW execs, FTC sues, sales hit the skids

The Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal began making headlines over six months ago, so you might think that the worst of it would be over by now. You would be wrong. In recent days, VW's U.S. dealers and its German executives have met at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: dealers ask for reparations, fix deadline passes

In this week's Volkswagen Dieselgate update, the automaker misses an important deadline, dealers demand compensation to see them through the scandal, and Kentucky files a lawsuit. Fix deadline passes: Last month, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave Volkswagen until March 24 to find a fix for...Read More»

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