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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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Texas couple sues Apple because FaceTime is a distraction to drivers

If you clicked on the headline above thinking you were in for a tongue-in-cheek, fake news story, we're sorry to disappoint you, but it's all too real and all too tragic. This is #notTheOnion. This is how the story goes: on December 24, 2014, Bethany and James Modisette were driving near Dallas in...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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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»

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Safety advocates sue NHTSA to mandate automatic braking

Many of you seem underwhelmed by automatic emergency braking, but earlier this year, more than 20 auto brands vowed to make the technology standard on new vehicles by the year 2022. The only problem? Those vows aren't binding, which leaves car companies free to renege on their promises. The...Read More»

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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»

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Toyota pays $3.4 billion to resolve rust claims from Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra owners

Rust can be a problem on nearly any vehicle, but on 1.5 million Toyota trucks and SUVs, it's proven to be especially bad. Now, the Japanese automaker has agreed to pony up $3.4 billion to settle a federal class action lawsuit related to rust. ALSO SEE: Chrysler Pacifica: The Car Connection's Best...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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Lawsuits against MyFord Touch move forward: will this discourage automakers from doing infotainment?

Remember MyFord Touch and MyLincoln touch, the infotainment systems that shoppers loved and loved to hate? Three years ago, owners sued Ford over the systems' glitchy, underwhelming performance. Now, many of those cases have been wrapped into a class-action lawsuit, which could mean a big payout...Read More»

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Tesla sues Michigan for the right to sell cars: is this the end of franchise laws?

The gloves have been loosening for years, and now, they've finally come off: Tesla Motors is preparing to throw punches in the courtroom as it sues Michigan for the right to sell cars. If the company makes its case successfully, it could have implications far beyond the borders of the Wolverine...Read More»

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GM dodges some, but not all, Switchgate lawsuits

Last week was something of a roller coaster for General Motors and its legal team. On Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that GM could indeed be sued for damages stemming from the faulty ignition switches installed on vehicles made before GM's 2009 restructuring. Because those...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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Is Minnesota's alcohol breath test law legal? We're about to find out

At some point in your life, you've probably wondered, "Should I refuse an alcohol breath test?" There are a wide range of opinions on that thorny matter, which vary according to who's giving the advice, their interest in curtailing drunk driving, and, of course, where you're standing when you're...Read More»

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Tesla mulls federal suit to sell in Texas, Michigan, other states (and Hurricane Katrina may help)

This is a very big week for Tesla. Just a few short months after delivering its first Model X crossovers to earlybird customers, the all-electric automaker will begin taking reservations for another new model tomorrow. Priced from $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 could dramatically boost Tesla's sales...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Dealers' Susan Powter moment, worker alleges diesel data deletion

It's Friday, and that means it's time for a review of the week's headlines related to Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate crisis. Over the past few days, VW U.S. dealers had something of a meltdown, a former employee alleged that Volkswagen engaged in shady record-keeping practices, and investors filed...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate Update: Shareholders Sue, South Korea Investigates, Bosch Defends

It's been another long week for Volkswagen and its ongoing Dieselgate crisis. Although news of Volkswagen's 11 million emissions-test-cheating "clean diesels" broke nearly four months ago, and even though the company has said that the fix for those cars will be cheaper and simpler than initially...Read More»

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Fiat Chrysler Asked Dealers To Fudge Sales Figures, Lawsuit Says: FCA Responds

Earlier this week, two Fiat Chrysler dealerships filed a lawsuit accusing FCA of asking them to falsify sales figures, giving the media and investors an inflated sense of the company's growth. FCA has responded by saying that the allegations are completely false. THE CLAIM The racketeering suit...Read More»

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Volkswagen Hit With Federal Lawsuit Over Diesel Cheats: $48 Billion In Fines Possible

Volkswagen staffers have been working overtime at the Consumer Electronics Show, wowing attendees with VW's e-Golf Touch and Budd.e concept -- both part of the automaker's new focus on electric vehicles. But don't let the charm offensive fool you: Volkswagen is still in a heap of trouble over its...Read More»

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Why Does Volkswagen Want To Face Dieselgate Trials In Detroit?

It goes without saying that Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal is going to cost the company a very pretty penny. We'd initially pegged the cost around $25 billion, but some analysts now expect the final bill to top $40 billion. Much of that money will pay for fixing VW, Audi, Porsche, Seat, and Skoda...Read More»

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