Audi continues to use dieselgate defeat devices. 127,000 cars affected

“Unbelievable!” exclaims Germany’s  BILD tabloid: More than two years after the dieselgate scandal became public, Volkswagen Group’s premium brand Audi still “produces and sells diesel cars with the illegal software.”  

According to the paper [German, paywall], Germany’s regulator KBA has found “illegal defeat devices” in V6 TDI diesel engines used in Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, SQ 5, SQ 5 plus and Q 7.  127 000 vehicles are affected, the paper writes.

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance most likely world’s largest automaker, Volkswagen to be 2nd

We interrupt our self-imposed Christmas holiday with the news that in all likelihood, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance will end the year as the world’s largest automaker group. Volkswagen Group most likely will come in second. [Continue Reading]

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi maintains the lead in final stretch of world’s largest automaker race

Come-from-behind Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance continues to amaze. Only a major disaster can keep it from ending the as World’s Largest Automaker. Not even a small disaster in Japan could sufficiently dent the Alliance’s chances. Volkswagen and Toyota will fight neck-and-neck until the last minutes of the year.

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Volkswagen boss rips Elon Musk as destroyer of jobs and money

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Car companies used to refrain from commenting on the competition, but the veil of propriety seems to develop more rips than the jeans of a grunge rocker. Last night, Volkswagen’s CEO Matthias Müller tore Elon Musk a big one, blasting the head of Californian carmaker Tesla as deficient of both social responsibility, and profits.

At an evening talk show in Passau, Germany, the moderator mentioned that Tesla “fascinates customers with its electric cars.” This triggered Müller to deliver a forceful statement he audibly had wanted to make for quite some time. Here is the video, along with a translation from Müller’s heavily Bavarian-tinged German:

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Dieselgate: 13 VW Managers Indicted Around The World, Big Guys Unbothered

Volkswagen managers are living dangerously, as 13 of their own have been indicted by governments around the world. In the U.S., six current and former Volkswagen managers have been charged, outgoing Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said yesterday in a press conference in Washington D.C. On the same day, South Korea enlarged a list of Volkswagen managers charged with criminal wrongdoings to seven, per reports of South Korea’s Yonhap wire.

In a DOJ press conference that had its thunder stolen by President-elect Trump’s NYC presser with more salacious appeal, AG Lynch announced the by then well known $4.3 bln deal with Volkswagen, an indulgence trade that bought Volkswagen’s way out of criminal persecution by the U.S. government. The trouble for Volkswagen’s people however has just begun.

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U.S. Case Against Arrested Dieselgate Manager Threat To VW Higher-Ups

“VW bosses live dangerously,” was the headline in Germany’s BILD tabloid (German – paywall) after the FBI arrested Volkswagen manager Oliver Schmidt over the weekend during a trip to Florida. The U.S. Department of Justice is assembling an array of witnesses against Volkswagen while the company is trying to close a deal to make a criminal case go away before Donald Trump comes in.

In the complaint against Schmidt, it is alleged that Volkswagen orchestrated a massive cover-up of its use of illegal defeat devices to cheat on vehicle emissions tests. Sure, this has been insinuated before, but now, the FBI is saying it. Dangerously for VW bosses, the FBI’s writ officially implicates other Volkswagen managers in the cover-up, which should impact their travel plans.

 

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Volkswagen’s Brand Strategy: Finally, Something That Makes Some Sense

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Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess presented his plan for the next ten years, and for the first time in many years, I saw something that wasn’t a collection of platitudes and fluff. The press conference took place in Volkswagen’s “Markenhochhaus,” the totally rebuilt brick tower at the Wolfsburg factory, and only a few sentences into the presentation, when Diess talked of a “diesel crisis” instead of the euphemistic “diesel issue,” it became clear that it isn’t just the building that has seen a total revamp.

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Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller Puts Foot In Mouth, Again

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Volkswagen’s new CEO Matthias Müller proves amazingly nimble for a 63 year-old: He can insert his foot in his mouth as if it belongs there. Müller demonstrated his posture-mastery last weekend, when it took only a few flippant remarks of Volkswagen’s supreme leader to start a momentous shitstorm that, for starters, caused German parliamentarians to demand Müller’s demission.

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