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2016 Volkswagen Passat: why we're doing a long-term test
2016 Volkswagen Passat: why we're doing a long-term test

We’ve just welcomed a 2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL to our long-term fleet. Why are we doing a long-term test on a vehicle that hasn’t changed all that much since the introduction of its current generation, for the 2012 model year? Revisiting the Passat makes sense because the field of...Read More»

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Volkswagen has another fix for 3.0-liter Audi, Porsche, VW diesels: Will this one be approved?

Last month, Volkswagen submitted plans to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to fix or buyback some 482,000 smaller, 2.0-liter diesels from Audi and VW. Now, it looks as if the German automaker is preparing another proposal to deal with 85,000 additional...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Germany shifts to EVs, VW's 2006 PowerPoint on emissions cheats, more

All's been relatively quiet in Wolfsburg as of late--at least since Volkswagen submitted plans for fixing and/or buying back 482,000 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels in the U.S. (As for larger, 3.0-liter diesels from Audi, Porsche, and VW, we're still waiting on a revised proposal, since the first one...Read More»

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Volkswagen and others not so excited about electric cars, resist EV-friendly regs in Europe

Back in October, about three weeks after the Dieselgate scandal began making headlines, Volkswagen announced a major change in strategy--one that involved focusing far more attention on electric cars. But oh, what a difference a few months can make. A study published earlier this week shows that...Read More»

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Volkswagen sets aside nearly $9 billion for diesel buybacks & fixes

Today, in Germany, Volkswagen held its annual news conference. Among the items that CEO Matthias Mueller discussed was an allocation of roughly $8.8 billion, which will pay for repairs and buybacks of diesel vehicles affected by the Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal. The sum is part of...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Audi made defeat device in 1999, scandal-related costs rising fast

Last Thursday, Volkswagen surprised more than a few observers by meeting a court-ordered deadline to submit repair plans for 482,000 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels equipped with defeat devices that help them cheat on emissions tests. That's the good news. The bad news? The recall/buyback plan...Read More»

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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»

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VW to offer buyback program for polluting TDI diesels, report says

Owners of late-model Volkswagen diesel vehicles in the U.S. have been in a figurative free fall of uncertainties for nearly seven months. They’ve been without clear answers about whether they should drive their vehicles, which could emit nearly 40 times the legal limit of some...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 Dieselgate update: Fix deadline may pass again, Mercedes sued for diesel cheating, too

It's tough to keep up with all the news about Volkswagen's 11 million illegally equipped diesels, so we've summed up some of the biggest Dieselgate stories of the past week: Volkswagen may miss fix deadline again: In February, a federal judge gave Volkswagen until March 24 to submit a fix for...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Dealers confront VW execs, FTC sues, sales hit the skids

The Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal began making headlines over six months ago, so you might think that the worst of it would be over by now. You would be wrong. In recent days, VW's U.S. dealers and its German executives have met at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las...Read More»

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2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI recalled (not for the reason you think)

Volkswagen has recalled 2012, 2013, and 2014 models of the Volkswagen Passat TDI--but not for the reason you might think. Although those diesel models are equipped software designed to cheat on emissions tests--a problem that's still without a solution--today's recall stems from a very different...Read More»

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2011-2016 Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne recalled for brake flaw: 135,000 vehicles affected

This morning, sibling brands VW and Porsche issued recalls for 2011-2016 models of the VW Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne. According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from a problem with their brakes that could dramatically affect drivers' ability...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: dealers ask for reparations, fix deadline passes

In this week's Volkswagen Dieselgate update, the automaker misses an important deadline, dealers demand compensation to see them through the scandal, and Kentucky files a lawsuit. Fix deadline passes: Last month, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave Volkswagen until March 24 to find a fix for...Read More»

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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: Diesel fix 'within months', California's surprising decision, more

It's been another tumultuous week for Volkswagen--one that's brought a high-profile resignation and less-than-comforting news about the company's long-awaited Dieselgate "fix". If you've lost track of those and other stories, here's a handy recap: Head of VW worker group begs U.S. and other...Read More»

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Ahead of diesel-scandal fix, Volkswagen’s U.S. CEO departs

As a U.S. deadline looms, and Volkswagen readies a new plan to fix hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles—and, perhaps, looks to cut a deal with regulators—the automaker’s U.S. arm has announced that its top executive in the U.S. is leaving his post. “Through mutual...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Sales sink, but VW workers still get bonuses

In a couple of weeks, we'll enter the sixth month of Volkswagen's Dieselgate crisis. Here are a few of the top news items about the emissions-cheating scandal that have emerged during the past few days: Volkswagen's former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, knew that the company admitted using defeat devices...Read More»

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2009 Volkswagen Routan Recalled For Airbag Problem (Not The One You Think)

Volkswagen has issued a recall for the 2009 VW Routan to repair its airbag system. Despite Volkswagen's involvement in the massive Takata recall scandal, though, the Routan's troubles have nothing to do with the struggling Japanese supplier. Instead, they're related to a growing problem with...Read More»

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