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Christian Stampfer is the European Editor for The Diesel Driver.

BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

MUNICH—BMW will accelerate its plans to bring additional electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to the market, the automaker said Tuesday at an event in Munich. It is also introducing a new feature that will automatically switch off internal combustion engines in its hybrid cars when they enter heavily polluted city centers, …

Audi CEO Arrested in Dieselgate Case

Audi CEO Arrested in Dieselgate Case

MUNICH—Rupert Stadler, the Vorstandsvorsitzender or CEO of Audi, the German automaker, was arrested Monday morning relating to the automaker’s diesel emissions compliance scandal, known as Dieselgate., according to a statement by the Staatsanwaltschaft or district attorney’s office in Munich.
Stadler’s apartment in Ingolstadt was also searched.
“We confirm that Herr Stadler was …

Bosch Announces A ‘Breakthrough’ That Could Save Diesel

Bosch Announces A ‘Breakthrough’ That Could Save Diesel

MUNICH—Robert Bosch said Wednesday that it has developed a new diesel-exhaust system that would allow automakers to continue to offer diesel powerplants in the future.
The new technology would cut emissions to below the 2020 EU emissions regulations by bringing nitrogen oxides or NOx to 13 milligrams per kilometer, well below …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Year by year, it kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia. The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and …

Toyota to (Finally) Add Apple CarPlay Support, Starting with 2019 Avalon

Toyota to (Finally) Add Apple CarPlay Support, Starting with 2019 Avalon

DETROIT—Starting with the all-new fifth generation mid-size Avalon model, revealed at the North American International Auto Show, Toyota will offer support for Apple CarPlay in its vehicles.
Apple CarPlay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
Virtually every car manufacturer offers select vehicles that …

BMW: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Keys’

BMW: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Keys’

MUNICH—The first ignition keys were introduced by Chrysler in 1949, although car doors required keys prior to that time. Early innovations in car keys included jackknife-like flip keys and keys with elaborate marque’s logos on them. Starting in the mid-1990s, cars began to come with transponder keys, programmed to allow …

BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

MUNICH—BMW introduced a redesigned i3 electric vehicle for the model year 2018 and announced a new model, the BMW i3s, the sport version of the i3.
The new 2018 i3 features an updated design, new standard features, and the same powerplant as the 2017 model, which, in turn was updated for …

‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

MUNICH—The German auto industry should invest more in electric vehicles and not rest on its laurels, said Kanzleramtschef, or Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, Peter Altmaier over the weekend in Berlin.
Mr. Altmaier said he was disappointed by the response of managers at German automakers following the Dieselgate scandal while speaking at …

BMW Denies Collusion with Other Automakers on Diesel Emissions

BMW Denies Collusion with Other Automakers on Diesel Emissions

MUNICH—BMW went on record about its diesel-powered cars Sunday after a media report stated that German automakers had illegally colluded to rig their vehicles to pass emissions tests.
“BMW Group vehicles are not manipulated and comply with respective legal requirements,” the Bavarian manufacturer said in a statement.
“This of course also applies …

Mercedes Parent Daimler to Spend $255 Million to Reduce Pollution from Diesel

Mercedes Parent Daimler to Spend $255 Million to Reduce Pollution from Diesel

MUNICH—Daimler announced Tuesday that its management board had given the green light to plans to reduce pollution from diesel-powered vehicles. The move includes authorizing an investment of €220 million ($255 million) to update the emissions systems over three million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe.
The announcement comes after Daimler, the parent of …

Daimler Facing Dieselgate II, May Have Sold Over 1 Million Cars with Non-Compliant Emissions Controls

Daimler Facing Dieselgate II, May Have Sold Over 1 Million Cars with Non-Compliant Emissions Controls

MUNICH—Daimler, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, stands accused of selling over a million cars with non-compliant emissions controls, according to a warrant issued by the Amtsgericht Stuttgart, the city’s municipal court.
The news was first reported on Wednesday by the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The discovery appears to impact over one million cars that were …

War of Words: Turbulence in the German-American Transatlantic Partnership

War of Words: Turbulence in the German-American Transatlantic Partnership

MUNICH—Germany and the United States have, since the end of the Second World War, been the closest of allies and partners. The relationship has been predicated on the two nations’ strong beliefs in democratic ideals and a strong transatlantic economic trade partnership.
The Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan did much …