Volkswagen diesel scandal

Volkswagen launches cash-for-clunkers program in Germany to get older diesels off the road
Volkswagen launches cash-for-clunkers program in Germany to get older diesels off the road

In Germany, 2.6 million consumers bought diesel vehicles that were secretly equipped with Volkswagen's defeat devices. Those devices allow vehicles to cheat on emissions tests and may be responsible for 1,200 or more premature deaths across Europe. And yet, unlike the 560,000 owners of similarly...Read More»

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EPA approves fix for 326,000 VW diesels, but will owners take it?

If you live in the U.S. and you own one of the 475,000 or so 2.0-liter Audi or VW diesels affected by the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, we have good news and bad news. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: your car can probably be fixed. The Environmental Protection Agency and the...Read More»

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Porsche may stop making diesels (but Audi is doubling down)

The four horsemen of the Diesel Apocalypse are saddling up. The signs are everywhere: Studies show that diesel emissions are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year; Automakers and suppliers the world over are being sued for not complying with clean-air laws; and, Many countries are...Read More»

Martin Winterkorn
Uh-oh: Volkswagen bosses learned about Dieselgate weeks before investors

In the U.S., much of the drama surrounding the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal has begun dying down. In Germany, however, the probe into Volkswagen's misdeeds is going full tilt, and reports indicate that investigators are now focused on a damning bit of evidence involving the company's top brass...Read More»

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EPA warned Fiat Chrysler about diesel defeat devices in 2015

In February, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO, Sergio Marchionne, warned investors that his company could soon face a Dieselgate crisis of its own. As it turns out, Marchionne had plenty of time to reach that conclusion. The Environmental Protection Agency met with FCA to express concerns about the...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»

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Study: Jeep, Ram diesels emit up to 20 times the legal limit of pollutants

Remember West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions (CAFEE), home to the team of researchers who first told the world that Volkswagen diesels were designed to cheat on emissions tests? Well, they recently conducted similar tests on diesels from Fiat...Read More»

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Report: Bosch created software on Volkswagen and FCA diesels accused of emissions cheats

You thought Dieselgate was over, right? Volkswagen admitted wrongdoing, it agreed to some massive fines, case closed. Not so fast. As many have been saying all along, Volkswagen didn't pull off its dastardly deeds alone. One of its supplier sidekicks, Bosch, has already shelled out $327 million for...Read More»

Woman with smog mask (pic by Nicolò Lazzati on Flickr)
Study: Diesel emissions are higher than expected (and cause 38,000 more deaths each year)

Diesel emissions are a serious problem--as serious as a heart attack (literally). As if that weren't bad enough, this week, a team of researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. published a study showing that emissions from diesel vehicles are far, far worse than official estimates suggest. By the...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Chrysler is about to be sued over diesel emissions say insiders

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn't exactly been ahead of the curve on developing electric cars. Nor has it done much work on self-driving vehicles (though its partnership with Waymo has picked up some of the slack). But when it comes to predicting lawsuits, FCA is batting 1000. Back in March, FCA's...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz gives up on U.S. diesels (for 2017 at least)

In March, Mercedes-Benz's U.S. chief, Dieter Exler, told reporters at the New York Auto Show that the luxury automaker might stop selling diesels in America. Two months later, it appears that the company has indeed thrown in the towel--at least for passenger vehicles, and at least for model year...Read More»

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Brand-new diesel-fueled 2015 Volkswagen TDIs now on sale

More than $22 billion in fines and buyouts later, the first fully emissions-compliant 2015 Volkswagen turbodiesels are rolling into dealers right now—in mid-2017. The German automaker has completed the modifications necessary to certify one previously noncompliant 2.0-liter turbodiesel...Read More»

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97.5 percent of Volkswagen diesel owners have chosen buyback, not repair

When the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal first began making headlines in September 2015, many diesel owners expressed concern--not that Volkswagen had equipped their cars with illegal defeat devices, but that they might be forced to have their vehicles repaired, and the repairs would ruin their cars'...Read More»

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Diesel deathwatch? UK to offer owners £2,000 to scrap their diesels

Auto industry observers have long predicted the death of diesels in the U.S.--though to be fair, that's not a shocking idea. Diesels never really caught on with American motorists, and the fuel savings diesel cars offer have been diminished by hordes of hybrids and electric vehicles zipping quietly...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz may stop selling diesels in U.S.

In the wake of the Dieselgate crisis, selling diesels has become a dicey proposition--and not just for Volkswagen. The debate around diesels has been especially heated in the U.S., which has some of the planet's strictest emissions regulations and where diesels have never really caught on anyway...Read More»

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The bill for Volkswagen's Dieselgate crisis grew by $157 million (running total: $22.3 billion)

Back in the early days of the Volkswagen Dieselgate fiasco, we estimated that the crisis would cost Europe's largest automaker at least $25 billion. As it turns out, that estimate may have been too conservative. The company's bill in America alone has topped $22 billion, and thanks to a settlement...Read More»

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Volkswagen approved to sell repaired 2015 diesels, but will anyone want them?

Volkswagen has been prohibited from selling diesel vehicles in the U.S. since news of its emissions-test-cheating fiasco first broke in September 2015. According to company spokesperson Jeannine Ginivan, however, that's about to change. Well, sort of. Don't get too excited just yet, diesel fans...Read More»

Dieter Zetsche
Daimler diesels targeted in new emissions probe

Yesterday, we learned that French authorities are planning to investigate allegations of emissions fraud involving diesels made by Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, Renault, and PSA Group. Now we've learned that Daimler diesels are also the subject of a probe--this one conducted by German officials. That...Read More»

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)
Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, other companies investigated for diesel fraud in France

Earlier this month, Fiat Chrysler warned investors that it was facing a Dieselgate-esque crisis of its own, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Now, we have a few more details about the issue, and we've learned that FCA isn't the only automaker being scrutinized by regulators across the pond. Here in...Read More»

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