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EU investigates whether Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, VW colluded on diesels
EU investigates whether Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, VW colluded on diesels

Many people assume that the upcoming movie about Volkswagen's Dieselgate fiasco will look a lot like Wall Street or The Insider: a tale of corporate greed run amok. If European investigators are proven right, though, the film could be more like The Matrix, because the plot is heading deeper and...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Europe's Volkswagen owners are still getting shafted by Dieselgate

If you live in Europe and you own one of the 11 million Volkswagen diesels affected by Dieselgate, we regret to inform you that you're still getting shafted--at least in comparison to your peers across the pond. Last summer, 480,000 American owners of Audi and Volkswagen diesels equipped with...Read More»

Jeff Bezos
Amazon wants to sell you a car

Retail behemoth Amazon has conquered much of its brick-and-mortar competition. Bookstores are dead or dying; big box stores aren't too far behind; and even where physical shops survive, it's not hard to find consumers paused in the aisles, checking the prices of comparable products on Amazon. But...Read More»

PSA's Carlos Tavares and General Motors' Mary T. Barra
GM sells Opel/Vauxhall to PSA: is it a win-win?

This morning, General Motors confirmed that it has sold both its Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and its European financial arm to Paris-based PSA for a total of €2.2 billion ($2.3 billion). Naturally, GM has pitched this as a win-win for itself and for PSA (formerly known as PSA Peugeot Citroen)...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
MIT: Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions will cause 1,200 (or more!) premature deaths in Europe

The ongoing Dieselgate crisis has been a major headache for Volkswagen employees, investors, vehicle owners, dealers, and diesel fans for nearly a year and a half. Though the scandal appears to be winding down--at least in the U.S.--a new study suggests that Volkswagen's troubles could be far from...Read More»

Volkswagen I.D. electric car concept, 2016 Paris auto show
Germany wants to the EU to ban gas and diesel cars by 2030

Over the summer, a series of headlines forecast the imminent demise of gas and diesel vehicles in Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany. Now, Germany has taken the additional step of calling for a ban on petroleum-powered vehicles across the entire European Union. The country's Bundesrat...Read More»

2016 Audi SQ5 TDI Plus
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»

UK flag (aka the Union Jack)
Brexit & the auto industry: brace yourselves

Last week, voters across the United Kingdom trudged to the polls to determine whether the UK should remain a part of the European Union or go it alone. When the ballots were counted, 52 percent had opted for independence. After a brief, shocked pause, panic ensued. Financial markets collapsed...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
It's not just VW: Every diesel road-tested in the U.K. fails emissions tests

When people look back at this moment in automotive history, they'll almost certainly see it as the time when the industry began transitioning to electric and autonomous cars. But there's another change afoot, one triggered by years of deception and falsely advertised products manufactured by one of...Read More»

Volkswagen plant
Volkswagen's Fix For European Diesels Gets The Green Light (But Will Owners Get The Shaft?)

It's been more than two months since news of Volkswagen's emissions-test cheating software first began to make headlines, and we still have no concrete details about how the company plans to fix more than 11 million vehicles affected by the Dieselgate scandal. That could soon change -- at least in...Read More»

JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study
JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study: Good News For U.S., South Korea, Europe, Bad News For Japan

Research powerhouse J.D. Power has released its 2015 Initial Quality Study of U.S. vehicles, and it's full of interesting info for anyone in need of a new car. Along with its Vehicle Dependability Study, the IQS is one of Power's most eagerly anticipated publications of the year. Both examine the...Read More»

Car crash
U.S. Road Deaths Are Falling, But Here's Where They're On The Rise

Yes, we’re getting safer, and road deaths are falling (slightly), both in the U.S. and over a broad group of countries that are working together to improve safety. Yet there’s no resting on laurels here. The projected reduction in U.S. road fatalities is less than a tenth of a percent...Read More»

Audi of America stormed Capitol Hill over the weekend and staged a 'TDI Party'
Is The Diesel Dead?

The U.S. can be confusing to Europeans. They don't understand our versions of football or coffee, and please don't get them started on our waistlines. (After an eye-opening trip to a certain big-box store, a French visitor once said to me, "Yes, of course we have fat people, but they do not go...Read More»

Autobahn, Kamener Kreuz, Rush Hour (photo by Dirk Vorderstraße)
Germany Toys With Tolls Targeting Foreign Drivers

Germany is known for many things -- some good, some bad. In the former category: beer, soccer, and precision engineering. In the latter: bureaucracy, sock/sandal combos, xenophobia. As far as that last item goes, a new toll policy being considered by the German government is likely to worsen the...Read More»

London anti-Uber taxi protest: June 11, 2014 (photo by Flickr user David Holt)
Uber Alles? European Cab Drivers Rally To Save Traditional Taxis, But It May Be Too Late

There are lots of great ways to make friends: a simple smile, a handshake, offerings of fudge. Upending an entire industry that employs millions of people around the world? Not on the list. But ridesharing/taxi startup Uber isn't here to make friends -- at least, not with cab companies. The San...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Will Europe Beat Us To Driverless Cars?

Car companies like Toyota are planning to roll out the first wave of autonomous vehicles by the "mid-2010s". Here in America, government regulators are worried that such a timeline is too optimistic, but in Europe, they're singing a very different tune -- and it could bring self-driving vehicles to...Read More»

Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]
Tesla Begins Sales & Supercharging Blitz; Growth In Europe & Asia To Outpace North America By 2015

Tesla is America's golden child. Its Model S sedan is hugely popular (and hugely stunning). Its earnings and stock prices are up. And now, it's being hailed as America's leading eco-minded company, thanks not only to its all-electric cars, but also to its battery technology, which could give a...Read More»

Distracted driving
The Gift Of Gab: More US Drivers Than Europeans Use Phones On The Road

You know it, we know it, everyone knows it: distracted driving is a problem, and it's getting worse. But where is the problem worst of all? You'd think that since cell phones are now a global phenomenon, distracted driving would affect every country on the planet, and that it would be most...Read More»

car crash at intersection after running red light
What Can Europe Teach The U.S. About Reducing Traffic Fatalities?

When it comes to traffic fatalities, there's good news and bad news: Good news: the U.S. fatality rate has reached an all-time low. Bad news: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that rate isn't going to stay low for long. Though NHTSA won't officially announce figures...Read More»

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