Both GM’s Opel and Fiat Chrysler have become the targets of serious dieselgate accusations. The companies have been in the media for months. Last week, the matter became official, and both carmakers were held accountable by German regulators. Opel met with the Germans, and most likely will get away with a stern finger-wagging, industry experts agree. Fiat stood up officials in Berlin, and the book is being thrown at the Italian maker.
- US consumers buck investors’ rush to self-driving cars : study – Reuters: “The most frequent preference for vehicle automation continues to be for no self-driving capability,” said the study’s authors, Brandon Schoettle and …
- Volvo UK boss Nick Connor appointed as Polestar CEO – Autocar: Björn Sällström hands lead over to Connor following Volvo’s acquisition of performance brand
- Most American Motorists Wary of Self-Driving Cars – Detroit Bureau: Every week brings a flurry of new reports about the coming wave of autonomous vehicles, but a new study finds that only a small minority of American motorists actually want to buy – or ride in – a self-driving vehicle. If anything, motorists may be getting more reluctant, not less
- CompaniesFiat shares drop on reports of emissions cheating – FT: Shares in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles fell almost 6 per cent before recovering some ground on Monday following reports in a German newspaper…
“Silence” is a smaller budget movie by Martin Scorsese, to be released by the end of this year, if all goes well. The movie might be preempted by a big budget reality show with the German title “Das Schweigen.” It’s the drama of Volkswagen’s fruitless search for the dieselgate truth. Half a year since the scandal broke, very little truth was found, or so they say. What makes it so hard?
Are you easily embarrassed? In that case, a career in the automotive business is not for you. To get to the top in the heavy metal industry, you must know no shame. I came to this conclusion, when, after a week of covering daily dieselgate revelations, I read what Germany’s Spiegel Magazin will write tomorrow. The Kraftfahrtbundesamt, Germany’s NHTSA equivalent, did a retest of type-approved cars, only to find that 30 (THIRTY) of them exceed their stated CO2 emissions, some to a drastic degree, as the magazine will claim in its Saturday edition.
Yesterday, I told you that it would be Fiat Chrysler’s turn to appear in front of Germany’s dieselgate commission to discuss allegations of its own shenanigans. Well, I lied. Instead, Fiat Chrysler’s lawyers submitted a letter stating that … [Continue reading]
Kota Nezu, the man who caused dropped jaws around the world with his wooden car, is at it again. Today, the dyed-red-haired Japanese car designer showed a “car” made from an even more pliable material: Fabric material. More in Forbes. … [Continue reading]
Top News: VW preps new strategy to become 'mobility provider' - Automotive News: Volkswagen, aiming to become a "mobility provider," will introduce a new strategy in mid June, CEO Matthias Mueller said in a speech to senior company … [Continue reading]
Today, a revolutionary suggestion to end all dieselgate scandals once and for all came to my attention: Tell the truth. “There is a big chance for automakers to jointly explain how they really comply with all those environmental norms. It would … [Continue reading]