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VW Scandal Tests Auto-Loving Germany – Wall Street Journal

Friday, September 25, 2015

BERLIN—Warnings that diesel cars were generating more pollution than allowed—and that emissions tests were less than adequate—had been voiced long before the Volkswagen AG scandal blew up last weekend. But in car-loving Germany, few had an incentive to take a closer look. In a country where one in seven people earn their living, directly…

The Latest: Switzerland to ban sales of some VW group cars – KSL.com

Friday, September 25, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — The latest developments on the Volkswagen emissions scandal. All times local. ___ 9:45 p.m. Switzerland is banning sales of Volkswagen Group cars with outdated emissions systems in the wake of the emissions-rigging scandal that started in the United States. Thomas Rohrbach, spokesman for the Swiss federal office of roadways, says Friday that the ban is on all cars with diesel engines in the “euro 5″ emissions category….

Lawmakers spar over auto safety fixes – The Hill

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lawmakers in the House sparred on Friday over a set of competing proposals to improve the federal government’s oversight of the U.S. auto industry after a series of recalls involving defective car parts.  Republicans offered a pair of bills in a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Friday that are intended to address concerns that have been raised by a series of auto recalls that have occurred recently at…

Volkswagen ‘Dieselgate’ Fallout: Germany Tests Cars; Report Sends BMW Shares Down – NPR

Friday, September 25, 2015

i Volkswagen diesels are shown behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. The carmaker is reeling from a scandal over its use of devices to fool emissions tests of diesel models. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption itoggle caption Rick Bowmer/AP Volkswagen diesels are shown behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. The carmaker…

Volkswagen ‘Dieselgate’ Fallout: Germany Tests Cars; Report Sends BMW Shares Down – NPR

Friday, September 25, 2015

i Volkswagen diesels are shown behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. The carmaker is reeling from a scandal over its use of devices to fool emissions tests of diesel models. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption itoggle caption Rick Bowmer/AP Volkswagen diesels are shown behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. The carmaker…

EPA to road-test cars after Volkswagen emissions scandal – USA TODAY

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Volkswagen dealership in Oakland.(Photo: JOHN G. MABANGLO, EPA) The Environmental Protection Agency told automakers on Friday that it will begin road tests of all new and used vehicle models to examine emissions claims following the exposure of Volkswagen’s regulation cheating scandal. The agency sent a letter to manufacturers notifying them that it will no longer rely exclusively on laboratory testing to validate emissions performance. EPA also plans to begin testing all…

VW rigged tests on 2.8 million cars in Germany, Berlin says – Reuters UK

Friday, September 25, 2015

WOLFSBURG, Germany Volkswagen rigged emission tests on about 2.8 million diesel vehicles in Germany, the country’s transport minister said on Friday, nearly six times as many as it has admitted to falsifying in the United States. His comments, pointing to cheating on a bigger scale than previously thought, deepened the crisis at the world’s largest automaker as its supervisory board held a crucial meeting. The board is widely expected to…

Volkswagen scandal: Australia unable to confirm cars have test-cheating software – The Guardian

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lawyers and the Australian consumer watchdog are circling Volkswagen, with the carmaker still unable to say whether its cars in Australia have been fitted with software that cheats environmental tests. Volkswagen has admitted that it installed a program in the engine software of some of its diesel cars that reduced toxic emissions when being tested. The US Environmental Protection Agency discovered that 482,000 VW diesel cars on American roads were…

Diesel BMW, Mercedes, Opel, PSA Cars Suspected Of Cheating On Emissions Tests … – Carscoops (blog)

Friday, September 25, 2015

As it turns out, Volkswagen may not be the only carmaker that sold diesel-powered cars which exceeded allowed emissions levels. A report from Transport & Environment drops the bomb, claiming more carmakers sell vehicles which exceed the European limit for air pollution. During the past three years, Transport & Environment (T&E), with the support of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT – the organization that alerted US authorities to…

10 cars that are favorites of owners – Bankrate.com

Friday, September 25, 2015

© General Motors 10 cars that are favorites among owners A large group of owners giving high ratings to their cars can boost your confidence in the cars you’re thinking about buying. Research firm AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Awards makes such ratings based on responses from new car owners after 90 days of ownership. Here are our 10 favorite cars from their picks. Looking for an auto loan to buy…

VW scandal: British cars face emissions retests as ministers launch own … – Telegraph.co.uk

Friday, September 25, 2015

By Tom Morgan, Special Correspondent 10:15PM BST 24 Sep 2015 All new models of diesel cars on sale in Britain face being retested, the Government announced last night as ministers launched their own investigation into the Volkswagen scandal. Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, announced an inquiry amid suspicions that other motoring giants could have rigged emissions data. Tests on diesel cars could be re-run to ensure the lab results tally…

Volkswagen ‘Dieselgate’ Fallout: Germany Tests Cars; Report Sends BMW Shares Down – NPR

Thursday, September 24, 2015

i Volkswagen diesels are shown behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. The carmaker is reeling from a scandal over its use of devices to fool emissions tests of diesel models. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption itoggle caption Rick Bowmer/AP Volkswagen diesels are shown behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. The carmaker…

Volkswagen ‘Dieselgate’ Fallout: Germany Tests Cars; Report Sends BMW Shares Down – NPR

Thursday, September 24, 2015

i Volkswagen diesels are shown behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. The carmaker is reeling from a scandal over its use of devices to fool emissions tests of diesel models. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption itoggle caption Rick Bowmer/AP Volkswagen diesels are shown behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. The carmaker…

BMW shares slip on report of high emission levels – CNBC

Thursday, September 24, 2015

On Sunday, Volkswagen admitted that it had cheated on U.S. emissions tests and has since issued a profit warning and its CEO Martin Winterkorn has resigned. The scandal has raised fears that it could be a industry-wide issue with several major companies having exposure to the same diesel technology. On Thursday El Pais reported that VW’s Spanish subsidiary, SEAT, had installed over 500,000 of the…

After Volkswagen Revelation, Auto Emissions Tests Come Under Global Scrutiny – New York Times

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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European stocks lower; VW in focus, BMW tanks 8% – CNBC

Thursday, September 24, 2015

In other market-moving news, Norway’s central bank cut its key policy interest rate from 1 percent to 0.75 percent in a surprise move, as it warned the growth prospects for the country have weakened amid falling oil investment. Meanwhile, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, said on Wednesday that risks to Europe’s inflation and growth outlook had increased due to the slowdown in…

Here’s a dead simple way to keep Volkswagen and other auto giants from cheating – The Week Magazine

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Make no mistake about it: what Volkswagen did belongs in a movie. Think The Constant Gardener, except with cars. But it’s also a lesson in the eternal corporate quest to game regulations. Which means it’s an opportunity to think about better ways to design regulations. And that might lead us to look in a seemingly unrelated place: namely, a carbon tax. A few days ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…

Volkswagen Test Rigging Follows a Long Auto Industry Pattern – CNBC

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The universe of automotive scandals has been a broad and often tragic one, including Ford’s 1978 recalls of 1.5 million Pintos after evidence emerged that its gas tanks were prone to catch fire during impacts. The Chrysler Corporation was indicted in 1987 on charges of disconnecting the odometers of 60,000 cars used by executives and then selling them as new. The Ford-Firestone scandal that started in the late 1990s…

BMW’s Car Parks Itself While You Stand To One Side and Watch – IEEE Spectrum

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tired of picking your way past bicycles and crusty garbage cans to get aboard your car? Let the 2016 BMW 7-Series negotiate the garage, while you and the neighbors look on in wonder. Like its semi-autonomous competitor, the Mercedes S-class, BMW’s new flagship luxury sedan can steer, brake, and accelerate on its own for short highway stretches. But the BMW one-ups the Benz as the world’s first…