During Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Hell Week, An Explosive Sacrificial Lamb Theory Emerges

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.

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Monday morning car news roundup, March 20, 2017

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Friday morning car news roundup, March 17, 2017

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With More Than A Few Hints Of The LFA, The Lexus LC Arrives Back Home In Japan

If you are on the Tokyo car beat, you are used to it: Americans get all the hot Japanese cars first. Lexus’ fancy new LC (as in “Luxury Coupe”) was first rolled-out to the oohs & ahhs of the Detroit Auto Show, and it has been critiqued already in justabout any American blog from Jalopnik (“Most badass since the LFA”) all the way to  Architectural Digest (“Is it the Japanese Aston Martin?”). Well, if you had to ask. Months later, the Lexus LC finally came home to its Japanese birthplace today.

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Thursday morning car news roundup, March 16, 2017

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Wednesday morning car news roundup, March 15, 2017

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“Change Must Happen In The Head,” Says Volkswagen. Let’s Check

It has taken a while, but Volkswagen finally shows the effects of hospital-grade doses of humble pie. At today’s annual results conference in Wolfsburg, reporters witnessed a less arrogant, less egomaniac, more down-to-earth Volkswagen. It’s what one would expect from a Volkswagen that, after its Friday admission of guilt in a Detroit courthouse, can officially be called a felon, as Automotive News just did. VW’s new-found modesty still is a surprise for this reporter, who, over many decades, has seen Volkswagen go from humble to hyper.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Combines Its Commercial Vehicle Business

Commercial vehicles are the decidedly unglamorous side of the auto business. Their only sexy part is the money they are making. From Ford to Toyota, work trucks provide the bread and butter to an industry that serves exciting sports cars as an appetizer. Today’s Renault-Nissan announcement is about the bread and butter part.

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