VW’s Unions Don’t Want “Effing Freeh”

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The powerful works council of Germany’ Volkswagen AG objects to a former fed snooping around the Wolfsburg headquarters. On Monday, Germany’s usually well-informed Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that Volkswagen plans to hire former FBI boss Louis Freeh as a go-between to broker a peace among the dieselgate-damaged carmaker and the increasingly irascible U.S. government agencies.

Volkswagen’s union bosses don’t want him.

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Dieselgate Now Officially An Industry-Wide Problem As Cancer Worries Mount

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The European auto industry so far has tried to paint dieselgate as an isolated Volkswagen case. Yesterday, diesel emissions officially became what campaigners always claimed they are: An industry-wide problem. On Tuesday, French automaker Renault said it plans a software change to its diesel engine in order to lower excessive nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

This after investigators raided Renault’s offices on January 14, and after Renault was called on the carpet by a French government-led commission that found relatively high NOx emissions from Renault models ….

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Fears of #dieselgate contagion hammer shares of EU automakers

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Shares of European carmakers took a nosedive today on news that Renault’s offices were searched last week “regarding a fraud investigation possibly linked to emissions,” as Reuters put it.  More in Forbes

#dieselgate, economic warfare, and $TSLA

Horn at the hearings

Horn at the hearings

A leading German politician claimed yesterday that the U.S. government may be providing fire support for its automakers by aggressively targeting foreign competitors. This accusation caused outraged headlines in the U.S. It does, however, reflect broad thinking in Europe, and in the rest of the world. It also is not the first time this has come up. A similar scandal was used to box-in Toyota, and to provide a nest for fledgling Tesla.

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#Dieseldämmerung: DUH tests Renault Espace with “frightening” results

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As expected by the Dailykanban, German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe today said cars by French automaker Renault are exceeding EU NOx limits in an alarming way. [Continue Reading]

Own battery cell production stupid idea, automakers say

Let someone else do it

Let someone else do it

There is a highly interesting article in Germany’s Welt. It is required reading for all interested in EVs. It especially is of interest for people interested or invested in Tesla, from Elon Musk on down. Reading it will make some people doubt the sanity of the Gigafactory. The story is in German, and in case the language doesn’t come easy to you, here is an abstract. [Continue Reading]

#dieselgate costs VW market share. Does it really?

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Today, Europe’s auto manufacturer association ACEA published EU new passenger car registration data for October. Overall EU registrations were up 2.9 percent in the month, but that wasn’t what observers were looking for. A mere 75 seconds after ACEA released the numbers, Bloomberg hit the wire, pronouncing that “VW’s European Market Share Falls in First Month of Scandal.” Later, “falls” was edited to “slips.” Volkswagen’s group sales were down a mere 0.2 percent in the month. Was it due to dieselgate? The proof is far from conclusive, and the facts deserve at least a few minutes of closer inspection. [Continue Reading]

Hallway Radio: Frosty Meetings at Volkswagen freeze decision-making

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Osterloh, Müller

On Monday, Volkswagen’s Supervisory Board convened an emergency meeting to work off the overload of bad news. The Hallway Radio characterized the atmosphere as “icy” and erratic: “Meeting often breaks into small groups, nobody trusts nobody,” a Hallway Radio reporter texted, using – nobody trusts nobody – the Snowden-approved unbreakable Signal app. [Continue Reading]