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New hope for U.S. auto sales: former Volkswagen diesel owners
New hope for U.S. auto sales: former Volkswagen diesel owners

For nearly a year and a half, the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal has been making headlines. While the headaches might not be over for Volkswagen executives, they could be coming to an end for U.S. owners of Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles illegally designed to cheat on emissions tests. In fact, some...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
FCA says its diesel V-6 will be certified by EPA soon

If Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is to be believed, the EPA's inquiry into its turbodiesel V-6 engines may end just as abruptly as it began. The automaker's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, told The Detroit News that his firm and the EPA are close to reaching an agreement as to how the automaker will respond to...Read More»

Martin Winterkorn
Former Volkswagen CEO dragged into Dieselgate investigation (again)

Remember when Volkswagen's board chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch, tried to assure the world that Dieselgate's misdeeds were the work of a small group of employees, mostly lower-level? Remember when Volkswagen's former U.S. chief, Michael Horn, promised that the automaker's 11 million illegally rigged...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
German court slams Volkswagen, and the bill for Dieselgate could soar

Earlier this month, we told you about the German owner of a VW Eos who had sued Volkswagen over the company's Dieselgate lies in the hope of having VW buy back the car. That case is still working its way through the courts, so far as we know, but a similar one has just been decided by three judges...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
Report: Justice Department to probe Fiat Chrysler over EPA's diesel claims

According to a report published today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles faces a criminal investigation by the United States Department of Justice over the EPA's claim that diesel engines in Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 pickups violated the Clean Air Act. Citing "people familiar with the matter,"...Read More»

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE
EPA: Diesel Jeep SUVs, Ram trucks violate Clean Air Act

Calling it a "clear and serious violation" of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency said today that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) installed emissions control devices on certain Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 trucks that allowed them to skirt federal emissions standards...Read More»

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Dieselgate probe snares 5 more Volkswagen executives

Yesterday, Volkswagen and the U.S. government reached an agreement that could mark the beginning of the end of the Dieselgate scandal. Volkswagen will pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines, and the company agreed to do something that most corporations accused of wrongdoing avoid these days...Read More»

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Volkswagen pleads guilty to felonies, to pay $4.3 billion, in Dieselgate pact (updated)

Volkswagen has now reached final agreement on a deal with the U.S. government that brings the long, complicated Dieselgate investigation closer to the finish line. One major focus of that deal has been the fines that Volkswagen would pay for deceiving consumers and regulators about roughly 555,000...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: 2.0-liter fix approved, $3 billion settlement pending, U.S. arrest

This week, much of the auto world's attention will be focused on the Detroit auto show, but elsewhere in America, in courtrooms and around conference tables, one of the biggest car stories of the past several years--the Volkswagen diesel scandal--is finally, maybe, kinda-sorta coming to an end. Or...Read More»

Volkswagen plant, Wolfsburg, Germany
German sues Volkswagen over Dieselgate compensation (or lack thereof)

Back in June, some 480,000 American owners of illegally equipped 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels learned that they'd be receiving a fairly significant payout from Volkswagen. After months of negotiations, the automaker finally agreed to fix the cars in question or buy them back, and it also said that...Read More»

2014 Ram Heavy Duty 6.7-liter Cummins diesel inline-6
Fiat Chysler faces its own Dieselgate crisis: second lawsuit filed by Dodge & Ram truck owners

Last month, we told you that owners of Dodge and Ram trucks were suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and one of its suppliers, Cummins, for equipping diesel pickups with defeat devices engineered to cheat on emissions tests. Now, a similar lawsuit has been filed by a second group of angry owners. Like...Read More»

2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
Porsche dragged deeper into Dieselgate

Volkswagen has taken quite a beating since news of its diesel defeat devices began making headlines nearly 15 months ago. Though the company has been making progress on repairing its vehicles and its brand, it's not out of the woods yet. New reports suggest that Volkswagen has been using...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet prices diesel Cruze from $24,670

Chevrolet says that opting for its new diesel-fueled Cruze sedan over the gasoline model will add about $2,750 to the bottom line, bringing the price of entry to $24,670. That's the list price for a 2017 Cruze LT with the automaker's 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, and it...Read More»

Herbert Diess
Volkswagen chief: VW is done with diesels in the U.S.

If you're an Audi fan, you were probably sad to learn that your fave luxury brand plans to offer just one diesel model in its U.S. lineup. But buck up, kiddo: that's one more than fans of Audi's mass-market sibling, VW, will have to choose from. That news comes from someone with intimate knowledge...Read More»

2017 Audi SQ7 TDI
Audi isn't giving up on diesels yet, but it only plans one for America

Volkswagen's ongoing, never-ending Dieselgate scandal has all but killed the company's diesel lineup in the U.S. Its three big brands here--Audi, Porsche, and VW--have suspended sales of diesels, and VW isn't sure that they'll ever return. Audi is more optimistic, but only slightly. The company...Read More»

2012 Ram 1500 Express Crew Cab
2007-2012 Dodge Ram diesel owners sue Fiat Chrysler, alleging emissions cover-up

Volkswagen may soon have company in the courtroom: Ram and Dodge Ram owners are suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, claiming that nearly 500,000 of the company's diesel trucks fail to meet emissions standards. The lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler and its diesel partner, Cummins, was filed this week in...Read More»

2015 Audi A3 TDI, New York City, Nov 2014
Breaking: Volkswagen reaches deal to fix most 3.0-liter Audi, Porsche, VW diesels

Are you sitting down? We hope so, because the near-impossible has happened. After having its proposals shot down not once, but twice, Volkswagen's plan to repair and/or buy back approximately 80,000 Audi, Porsche, and VW diesels has finally been approved by U.S. regulators. Apparently, the third...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Audi gas models may have defeat devices, too

Until last week, Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate scandal seemed a lot like the U.S. presidential election. It was contentious, it inflamed passions on both sides, and it was fueled by a never-ending series of leaks and revelations. The difference? The presidential election ended Tuesday night, but...Read More»

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (a caricature by Flickr user DonkeyHotey)
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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