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Volkswagen was warned years ago about emissions tricks: report – Chicago Tribune

Sunday, September 27, 2015

German media reported Sunday that Volkswagen was warned years ago about the use of illegal tricks to defeat emissions tests. The German automaker admitted last week that it used special software to fool U.S. emissions tests for its diesel vehicles. Some 11 million VW diesel cars built since 2008 are affected by the scandal. German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported that VW’s internal investigation has found a 2007 letter from…

Hopeful buyers think Volkswagen’s ocean of troubles might get them a showroom … – The Guardian

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Warren Marvelley was in a hopeful mood on Saturday. He and his wife, Jane, have set their hearts on buying a new VW Golf and believe the time is ripe to buy one. The decision may seem odd, given the turmoil that now surrounds Volkswagen. Last week its share price plummeted after senior executives admitted that Volkswagen had disguised illegal levels of emissions produced by some diesel-engined cars. Nevertheless, the…

How Far Will Volkswagen Group’s US Sales Tumble This Month? – Motley Fool

Sunday, September 27, 2015

TrueCar analysts are predicting a very strong seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) for total light-vehicle sales when September figures are tallied: TrueCar estimates the SAAR to reach 17.7 million units in the U.S. for September, favorable to the 16.5 million SAAR a year ago. In addition to strong Labor Day sales, which boosted September retail sales figures, there are multiple factors boosting sales in the U.S. market currently. According to…

Volkswagen Scandal Casts Pall of Gloom Over Automaker’s Hometown of Wolfsburg – NBCNews.com

Sunday, September 27, 2015

WOLFSBURG, Germany — Workers in Volkswagen’s home town of Wolfsburg have been left fearing for their futures after the carmaker was plunged into crisis because of rigged U.S. diesel emission tests. VW has seen its long established reputation as symbol of German engineering excellence tarnished by a scandal affecting 11 million vehicles worldwide that broke a week ago. VW employees arriving for work at the company’s huge plant in the…

Hopeful buyers think Volkswagen’s ocean of troubles might get them a showroom … – The Guardian

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Warren Marvelley was in a hopeful mood on Saturday. He and his wife, Jane, have set their hearts on buying a new VW Golf and believe the time is ripe to buy one. The decision may seem odd, given the turmoil that now surrounds Volkswagen. Last week its share price plummeted after senior executives admitted that Volkswagen had disguised illegal levels of emissions produced by some diesel-engined cars. Nevertheless, the…

From Hitler to Herbie and hubris – how Volkswagen was brought low – The Guardian

Sunday, September 27, 2015

From a distance, it might be a temple to the German car industry. On the edge of the small town of Wolfsburg two skyscrapers of cars tower over the land. Each glass-and-steel cylinder is almost 50 metres high and packed with 400 new Volkswagens: trim little Golfs, sleek Passat sedans and boxy people carriers. From the top there’s a view of the vast, red-brick, 1930s-era Volkswagen factory, which turns out…

Volkswagen Facing Billions in Fines; Lawsuits From Vehicle Owners … – KTLA

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Volkswagen, logo, dealership Graphics Project (Credit: CNN) Volkswagen, logo, dealership Graphics Project (Credit: CNN) Volkswagen legal problems are piling up. Since the EPA revealed a week ago that VW used software in its diesel-powered cars to cheat on emission tests, there have been 89 federal lawsuits filed against VW across the country. Most of those suits have been on behalf of car owners who argue the value of their cars…

As Volkswagen Pushed to Be No. 1, Ambitions Fueled a Scandal – New York Times

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Lawyers are lining up to take on Volkswagen – CNNMoney

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Volkwagen’s legal problems are piling up. Since the EPA revealed a week ago that VW used software in its diesel-powered cars to cheat on emission tests, there have been 89 federal lawsuits filed against VW across the country. Most of those suits have been on behalf of car owners who argue the value of their cars has been hurt by VW’s deception. The suits seek class action status, and could…

Meet John German: the man who helped expose Volkswagen’s emissions scandal – The Guardian

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Related: Volkswagen scandal tarnishes hard-won US reputation as green company John German has barely had time to catch his breath all week between appearances on TV news channel and radio phone-in shows. He’s an unlikely media star, not a pop singer or reality TV contestant, but a grey-haired automotive engineer thrust into the global spotlight after he and his colleagues were credited with helping uncover one of the biggest ever…

Volkswagen emissions scandal: Switzerland bans sale of some models – The Guardian

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Switzerland has banned sales of Volkswagen diesel cars in the most severe step taken so far by a government in reaction to the emissions crisis. The country has stopped the sale of any VW cars in the Euro5 category, which contains the majority of the cars that the company has admitted have defeat devices. The move effects roughly 180,000 cars that are yet to be sold or registered, including 1.2-litre,…

A New CEO for Volkswagen – The Atlantic

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Volkswagen’s claims of clean diesel, on the face of it, were a lie. The company acknowledged as much, announcing this week that the “defeat devices” were installed in 11 million diesel cars worldwide. European officials called for a EU-wide investigation over the deception, South Korea said it would recall Volkswagens, the company faces fines and class-action lawsuits around the world, and Norway announced Friday that its economic-crimes unit…

Volkswagen Names Matthias Müller, an Insider, as Chief Executive – New York Times

Friday, September 25, 2015

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How Volkswagen Could Compensate Diesel Owners – New York Times

Friday, September 25, 2015

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The Academic Paper That Broke the Volkswagen Scandal – The Atlantic

Friday, September 25, 2015

But how did this whole thing begin? At a small lab in West Virgina, it turns out. In 2012, a group of researchers at West Virginia University won a $50,000 grant from the International Council on Clean Transportation to do performance testing on clean diesel cars. Arvind Thiruvengadam, a research assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, told NPR this week that the team was merely excited do…

Volkswagen scandal tarnishes hard-won US reputation as green company – The Guardian

Friday, September 25, 2015

When Ashley Scarpa, a Lakeland, Florida, restaurateur and environmental volunteer, bought a Volkswagen Passat diesel last year she thought she was doing her bit for the planet. Now she feels like a jilted lover. After revelations that VW gamed its emissions monitors to make 11m of its cars seem greener than they were – a move that may be responsible for adding nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year…

Volkswagen’s best shot at a comeback now has the automaker right where Elon … – Quartz

Friday, September 25, 2015

Volkswagen, reeling in the fallout after being caught lying to emissions regulators and millions of motorists about its supposed “clean diesel” engines, has at least one promising route to recovery from the self-made debacle. And that would be forging the most aggressive path of anyone to the mainstream electric car, to bring the cleanest of clean-car technologies to the masses. If VW did so, it would find itself in common…

Volkswagen Board Meets to Anoint New CEO – Wall Street Journal

Friday, September 25, 2015

Volkswagen AG’s supervisory board assembled Friday for a meeting that could run until evening to anoint a new chief executive, shake up the senior management team and begin repairing damage from a massive scandal that has erased almost one-third of the company’s market value. The 20-member board appeared poised to name Matthias Müller, the head of Volkswagen’s Porsche sports-car unit, as the replacement for Martin Winterkorn,…

Volkswagen’s worst week ever: Winners and losers – CNBC

Friday, September 25, 2015

Volkswagen The company, once the shining example of Germany’s economic prowess, is feeling the pain on many fronts: Financial: It will set aside $7.3 billion in its third-quarter accounts to help cover the costs of the scandal. Fines are expected to add up to $18 billion, while almost $17 billion was wiped off VW’s share price on Monday alone. Shares were up on Thursday but…

Why Volkswagen May Have Risked It All by Allegedly Cheating on Emissions – ABC News

Friday, September 25, 2015

The emissions scandal that rocked Volkswagen this past week has auto industry experts and Volkswagen drivers asking the same question: Why did Volkswagen allow its diesel cars to be sold with deceptive software? “Any time you have standards or rules, some people will choose to cheat,” David Whiston, an analyst at Morningstar, told ABC News. “Volkswagen had made increasing its sales in the U.S. a priority. Part of the way…