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Volkswagen pleads guilty to felonies, to pay $4.3 billion, in Dieselgate pact (updated)
Volkswagen pleads guilty to felonies, to pay $4.3 billion, in Dieselgate pact (updated)

Volkswagen has now reached final agreement on a deal with the U.S. government that brings the long, complicated Dieselgate investigation closer to the finish line. One major focus of that deal has been the fines that Volkswagen would pay for deceiving consumers and regulators about roughly 555,000...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: 2.0-liter fix approved, $3 billion settlement pending, U.S. arrest

This week, much of the auto world's attention will be focused on the Detroit auto show, but elsewhere in America, in courtrooms and around conference tables, one of the biggest car stories of the past several years--the Volkswagen diesel scandal--is finally, maybe, kinda-sorta coming to an end. Or...Read More»

Volkswagen plant, Wolfsburg, Germany
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»

2014 Ram Heavy Duty 6.7-liter Cummins diesel inline-6
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»

2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
Porsche dragged deeper into Dieselgate

Volkswagen has taken quite a beating since news of its diesel defeat devices began making headlines nearly 15 months ago. Though the company has been making progress on repairing its vehicles and its brand, it's not out of the woods yet. New reports suggest that Volkswagen has been using...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet prices diesel Cruze from $24,670

Chevrolet says that opting for its new diesel-fueled Cruze sedan over the gasoline model will add about $2,750 to the bottom line, bringing the price of entry to $24,670. That's the list price for a 2017 Cruze LT with the automaker's 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, and it...Read More»

Herbert Diess
Volkswagen chief: VW is done with diesels in the U.S.

If you're an Audi fan, you were probably sad to learn that your fave luxury brand plans to offer just one diesel model in its U.S. lineup. But buck up, kiddo: that's one more than fans of Audi's mass-market sibling, VW, will have to choose from. That news comes from someone with intimate knowledge...Read More»

2017 Audi SQ7 TDI
Audi isn't giving up on diesels yet, but it only plans one for America

Volkswagen's ongoing, never-ending Dieselgate scandal has all but killed the company's diesel lineup in the U.S. Its three big brands here--Audi, Porsche, and VW--have suspended sales of diesels, and VW isn't sure that they'll ever return. Audi is more optimistic, but only slightly. The company...Read More»

2012 Ram 1500 Express Crew Cab
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»

2015 Audi A3 TDI, New York City, Nov 2014
Breaking: Volkswagen reaches deal to fix most 3.0-liter Audi, Porsche, VW diesels

Are you sitting down? We hope so, because the near-impossible has happened. After having its proposals shot down not once, but twice, Volkswagen's plan to repair and/or buy back approximately 80,000 Audi, Porsche, and VW diesels has finally been approved by U.S. regulators. Apparently, the third...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Audi gas models may have defeat devices, too

Until last week, Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate scandal seemed a lot like the U.S. presidential election. It was contentious, it inflamed passions on both sides, and it was fueled by a never-ending series of leaks and revelations. The difference? The presidential election ended Tuesday night, but...Read More»

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (a caricature by Flickr user DonkeyHotey)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: how will tomorrow's election affect Volkswagen's future?

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 18 months--and if you have, oh, how we envy you--you know that tomorrow is election day in the U.S. What does that have to do with cars? Well, as many of us remember from 2008, the government can have a great deal of influence, both positive and...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
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»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: U.S. dealers get $1.2 billion compensation, GM announces 3 new diesels

With less than a month to go before election day, most of America's news headlines are focused on the presidential election--and rightly so. But in the background, the non-stop fiacsco known as Dieselgate has been lumbering on. Here are a few of the recent items you might've missed: America's VW...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Detroit
Despite VW's diesel woes, Chevy to offer diesel-fueled Cruze in U.S.

Apparently diesel is not a dirty word in Detroit. The domestic automaker will offer not only one diesel-powered passenger car, but three by 2018. (And that's not including heavy duty pickups, which aren't subject to the same strict emissions standards as passenger cars.) The automaker announced...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Dieselgate Update: U.S. debating how large a fine Volkswagen can withstand

It might be hard to believe, but we're heading into the 13th month of the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal. Is there light at the end of the tunnel for the beleaguered German automaker, or is that just an oncoming train? Judge for yourself in this week's Dieselgate update. How much of a penalty can...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
Volkswagen Dieselgate update, 1 year later: U.S. diesels dead?

Yesterday marked a grim anniversary in the automotive world: one year earlier, on September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publicly accused Volkswagen of equipping 482,000 Audi and VW diesels with defeat devices that allowed them to cheat on emissions tests. The long, ugly saga...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: owners opt for buybacks, not fixes & is a 3.0-liter fix coming?

Volkswagen has had another lousy week due to the ongoing Dieselgate scandal. Admittedly, there were a few bright spots thanks to Audi and Porsche, but those have been overshadowed by gloom and doom from the mass-market VW brand. Worst of all may be early data on the company's U.S. repair and...Read More»

Volkswagen plant
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Porsche owners are angry, VW dealers score $1.2 billion compensation

After a few quiet weeks, the Volkswagen Dieselgate fiasco has come roaring back to life. Is it the beginning of the end of the scandal? Eh, not likely: 1. VW plans $1.2 billion compensation package for U.S. dealers: VW dealers have not been a happy bunch for the past 11 months. They've had to...Read More»

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