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German court slams Volkswagen, and the bill for Dieselgate could soar
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»

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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»

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Germany tells Tesla: stop calling it 'Autopilot'

Tesla is under fire again for its semi-autonomous Autopilot software, and once again, the critics are German regulators. This go-round, officials want the automaker to stop using the term "Autopilot" because they feel that it can mislead consumers into thinking that Teslas can drive themselves...Read More»

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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»

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German officials call Tesla Autopilot a "traffic hazard"

In the year since Tesla Autopilot debuted, it's acquired plenty of fans and foes. In the former column, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, hackers, and this guy. In the latter, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board, and Germany. Germany's Federal Highway Research...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»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Troubles worsen abroad, but VW execs finally wise up

Volkswagen continues its efforts to leave the global Dieselgate scandal behind. Will the company's long, slow slog turn into a death march, or will it end in a victory parade? Check out these recent headlines, and judge for yourselves: 1. VW sales sink even further, but other brands keep rising: No...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: $10.2 billion settlement reached, diesel owners lose $1500 resale value

It's a gloomy day across much of Europe, with markets in turmoil after UK residents voted to "Brexit" the EU. Volkswagen isn't doing much to improve matters: thanks to its ongoing Dieselgate scandal, the company is poised to make a massive payout to the U.S. (and its diesel owners), one employee is...Read More»

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Germany could follow Norway and the Netherlands, banning gas & diesel cars

Last week, we told you about plans to end the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in Norway and the Netherlands by the year 2025. Could Germany follow suit? At least one government official hopes so, and he'd like to see it happen by 2030. That official is Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake. Speaking...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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Rumor: Apple sets up shop in Berlin, picks Magna to build the electric 'iCar'

The rumors began to circulate in February 2015: Apple is building an electric car. Since then, numerous signs have suggested that the rumor is true, and Apple has done nothing to disabuse anyone of the idea. Until recently, all indications were that the mysterious car would be developed in...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 To Begin Diesel Recalls In Germany With Nearly 2.5 Million Vehicles

Last week, news broke that Volkswagen had submitted plans to repair most of its illegally engineered diesels in Europe. Now, reports have emerged that indicate the automaker will begin those repairs on its home turf. Germany's Die Welt says that around 2.5 million vehicles from model years 2009 to...Read More»

London anti-Uber taxi protest: June 11, 2014 (photo by Flickr user David Holt)
Uber, But Not For Alles: Germany Bans Uber Nationwide

As we've mentioned before, European cab drivers hate Uber. They've shouted, they've protested, they've clogged city streets, but they haven't done much to halt the spread of the world's favorite ad hoc taxi network -- until now, that is. According to Mashable, cab drivers in Germany recently took...Read More»

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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»

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Volkswagen Labor Leader Vows To Stop VW's Investment In Tennessee & The South

Earlier this week, we reported that, despite years of campaigning by the United Automobile Workers, employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted against unionization. If the decision had gone the other way, employees would've created a "works council" similar to the kind found...Read More»

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Berlin Car Burnings Have Authorities Wondering What Comes Next

Burning cars in Germany’s capital city is nothing new; in fact, it’s been occurring for years, mainly as a protest against rising rents and gentrification. In the past, it was easy to write off the arson as politically motivated, since most burnings were targeted to high-end luxury...Read More»

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Borat's Brothers Bungle Budget Bring-Back

If we learned nothing else from Borat, we learned this: life in the glorious nation of Kazakhstan is different than life in the United States. Borat and his brothers have a more sensible approach to problem-solving than many of us, who worry too much about rules, regulations and personal safety...Read More»

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