When former Porsche chief Matthias Müller took over as CEO of Volkswagen from disgraced Martin Winterkorn, the jovial Bavarian was welcomed as a new start for Volkswagen. Now, the past has caught up with him. A close confidante and engine computer specialist, supposedly dispatched by Müller to get to the bottom of the dieselgate morass, was involved in the defeat device development from the early get-go, documents cited by Germany’s BILD [German, paywall] suggest. Meanwhile, the only VW top executive indicted in the U.S. sued the Volkswagen at home for an unpaid $1.5 million performance bonus, while Volkswagen fired the law firm it hired to “relentlessly” investigate its emissions scandal.
- Tesla Model S 60 and 60D killed off due to low sales – Autocar: Tesla has killed off its cheapest model Entry-level electric model has been removed due to lack of demand and to simplify the model’s line-up
- The 12 most expensive cars sold at auction – Autocar: Ferrari 250 GTO Classic cars can sell at auction for more than $30 million these days. Here are the 12 priciest cars sold at auction to date
- Germany increases electric car charging points 27 percent in 2016 – Reuters: The number of electric cars in Germany rose 29 percent to 77,153 in 2016, up from just 4,000 in 2011
- BRIEF-Nvidia says Tencent cloud adopts Nvidia Tesla for AI cloud computing – Reuters: * New tencent cloud offerings to use nvidia pascal-based gpu computing and deep learning platform
- Californians Snub Free EVs, Carmakers Say in Pushback on Mandate – Bloomberg: The proportion of Californians making electric cars their new set of wheels has stayed flat for years even though incentives make some models…
- London Taxi Company to build electric taxi and van in £300m Warwickshire plant – Autocar: The new plant is the first new vehicle manufacturing plant in Britain for more than a decade, and is also its first dedicated electric vehicle production facility
- 2018 Vauxhall Corsa hatch spotted with revised interior – Autocar: Opel development car shows how Vauxhall’s future hatchback will look; larger dimensions suggest it’ll have more cabin space
- UK lawmakers demand more answers from VW over diesel scandal – Reuters: British lawmakers have written to Volkswagen seeking more answers from the German carmaker over the diesel emissions scandal, after criticizing the firm for failing to adequately respond to their queries so far.
- Wave of New BMW and Mercedes Models Threatens Lincoln and Cadillac – Yahoo: Among the reasons for the huge investment is competition with arch rival Mercedes, the global sales of which have moved ahead of BMW. The fallout…
- 2017 Volkswagen Touareg – new image reveals full front-end styling – Autocar: VW’s new large SUV targets the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90; it’ll get a more luxurious interior and evolved design
- BMW’s Hazard Lights Are Blinking – Bloomberg: Then there’s the fairly humdrum design of BMW’s recent cars when compared to Mercedes-Benz — read my colleague Elisabeth Behrmann here on…
Imagine you are handed a car guy’s dream job. You will be responsible for the complete product range of a big global automaker with a hundred-year long history. Like many automakers, this one had its scandals, and it was in financial doo-doo a few times. Infused with fresh capital and technology, the company is good to go. Your job starts in two weeks. What will you do?
This is what I ask Vincent Cobee.
- BMW CEO expects China to clarify electric car policy in next weeks – Reuters: BMW Chief Executive Harald Krueger said he expected Chinese authorities to soon clarify the size of a proposed quota for electric cars as the German carmaker overhauls its production system to make more zero-emission vehicles.
- Porsche SE has no information about Piech’s stake sale talks – Reuters: Porsche SE , Volkswagen’s majority shareholder, said it has no information about former VW chairman Ferdinand Piech’s talks with the carmaker’s controlling families about a possible sale of his stake.
- Gang of Hackers Tries to Steal Baidu’s Driverless Car Secrets – Bloomberg: … The Beijing-based company’s head of cybersecurity, Ma Jie, said it was unclear who…
At Volkswagen, last week was one of those weeks one would rather forget. On Wednesday, German police and prosecutors rained on the parade of numbers at Audi’s annual results conference. Offices and homes of leading Volkswagen AG managers all over Germany were raided. The timing was sheer happenstance, prosecutors claimed. A day later, Volkswagen managers were shown what could happen to them: Their colleague Oliver Schmidt was brought into a Detroit court in handcuffs and a fluorescent orange prison jumpsuit, only to be told that he would have to sit in jail until a January 2018 court date, and most likely long beyond. Meanwhile in Germany, prominent voices called Schmidt a sacrificial lamb, offered-up to distract from the truly guilty.
- Peugeot considers Le Mans return – Autocar: Peugeot could return to the top prototype class of Le Mans racing – but only if race organisers substantially reduce the costs of competing. Peugeot…
- Porsche Pockets $17250 Profit on Every Car – Bloomberg: The Volkswagen AG brand delivered 238,000 of its sinuous vehicles last year and posted an operating profit of 3.9 billion euros ($4.1 billion), up 14…
- Thousands join UK legal case against VW over emissions scandal – Guardian: … rate of 500 drivers a day and lawyers are confident the legal action will eventually involve about 100,000 owners of VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat cars.
- 2018 Lexus LC 500: Lexus’ Most Emotional Car Turns Heads Like Nothing Before It – Forbes: Ask the average car shopper to list their most important traits when looking for a new vehicle and you’re going to get a very consistent set of answers.