Audi, “The Mother Of All Dieselgate Cheating,” Keeps Its Oblivious CEO Rupert Stadler

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Last Wednesday, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was interrogated by investigators of the Jones Day lawfirm, who showed great interest in his involvement with Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal. What transpired on the hotseat depends on who you ask. Some claim the interview produced a lot of nothing. Some say that Stadler was confronted with new accusations. Then there is that long-term Volkswagen executive who tells me that Stadler could be the lynchpin of present and past Volkswagen scandals, and that no-one in Volkswagen’s leadership would have any interest in Stadler becoming talkative.

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A Famous Tokyo Landmark Returns To Tokyo As Nissan Reclaims The Heart Of Ginza

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Nothing symbolized Japan’s economic heydays more than Tokyo’s Ginza with its luxury department stores, designer boutiques and hostess bars, where a cocktail and some small talk could cost you big money. Ginza’s bustling 4-chome intersection is what Times Square is for Manhattan, and for decades, the cylindrical Nissan Building power-towered over the square. Its downstairs showroom, dubbed Nissan Gallery, was a major attraction – or possibly, its all-female staff was. In 2009, Nissan traded Tokyo’s most expensive real estate for a new building and tax breaks in neighboring Yokohama. The landmark Nissan Gallery was moved to Kanagawa as well, and a neglected Ginza showroom turned into a symbol for Japan’s lost decade. Two years ago, it closed.  Today, it came back, more glamorous than ever.

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Friday morning car news roundup, September 23, 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler In Dieselgate Crosshairs

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First, dieselgate did cost the job of Volkswagen’s CEO Martin Winterkorn, then it decapitated Volkswagen Group’s entire technical leadership. One man appeared to be immune: Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler. Yesterday, the toxic scandal reached the … [Continue reading]

Wednesday morning car news roundup, September 21, 2016

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Top News: PSA autonomous demos do 60,000 clicks in 'hands off' mode - Just-auto: Four Citroen C4 Picasso demonstrators equipped with autonomous driving features have already traveled 60,000 km in "hands off" mode on express roads in Europe since … [Continue reading]

Tuesday morning car news roundup, September 20, 2016

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Top News: Chevrolet prices Bolt for US and Canada - Just-auto: Chevrolet has set a US price for the new Bolt EV of US$37,495 including destination charge. Customers might receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500, reducing the cost … [Continue reading]

Reports: VW Cleanest Among Dirtiest Diesels As Collusion Between OEMs And Bureaucrats Emerges

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From America to Australia, justice for Volkswagen’s dieselgate fraud has been swift and costly. In Europe however, the region with by far the highest concentration of diesel cars in the world, no fines have been levied, possibly because equal justice … [Continue reading]