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Christian Stampfer is the European Editor for The Diesel Driver.

Trump Threatens the ‘Very Bad’ German Auto Industry

Trump Threatens the ‘Very Bad’ German Auto Industry

MUNICH—President Trump appears to not like the fact that German automobiles have been selling in the United States as well as they have.
During Thursday’s NATO summit in Brussels, the president reportedly threatened to call a halt to sales of German cars in the United States and had some choice words …

Report from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show

Report from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show (Salon International de l’Auto) kicks off the automobile year 2017 in Europe as the first important international auto event for car manufacturers. The show opened to the media at the beginning of the week although the big news – the sale of General Motors’ Opel …

GM May Announce Deal to Sell Opel on Monday

GM May Announce Deal to Sell Opel on Monday

MUNICH—General Motors is expected to announce on Monday that it is selling its Adam Opel unit to French automaker PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars.
The two companies said Saturday they would hold a joint press conference Monday morning in Paris. Last month the two acknowledged they were in …

Volkswagen, Bosch Agree to $1.55 Billion Dieselgate Settlement for 3.0-Liter Vehicles

Volkswagen, Bosch Agree to $1.55 Billion Dieselgate Settlement for 3.0-Liter Vehicles

MUNICH—Volkswagen said it had reached an agreement that will have it pay a minimum of $1.22 billion to fix or buy back some 78,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines to settle claims that the cars were sold with illegal emissions-cheating software.
The automaker said it submitted a proposed class settlement with …

VW to Pay $4.3 Billion in Dieselgate Criminal and Civil Settlement

VW to Pay $4.3 Billion in Dieselgate Criminal and Civil Settlement

DETROIT—Beleaguered German automaker Volkswagen said Wednesday it had reached a $4.3 billion settlement with the U.S. government over the Dieselgate scandal.
As part of the deal, the company will plead guilty to misconduct for deliberately selling diesel-powered cars that did not meet federal emissions regulations.
“Volkswagen deeply regrets the behavior that gave …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows in the automotive industry. However, over the past years the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance. The Detroit show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press …

Senior VW Exec Arrested in Miami over Dieselgate

Senior VW Exec Arrested in Miami over Dieselgate

DETROIT—A top Volkswagen executive was arrested Saturday evening as he prepared to board a flight from Miami to Germany, accused of deceiving federal regulators about the use of special software that cheated on emissions tests.
Oliver Schmidt, who as general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW of America …

At CES 2017, Auto Industry Asks ‘How Are We Driving Tomorrow?’

At CES 2017, Auto Industry Asks ‘How Are We Driving Tomorrow?’

DETROIT—Over the past years, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance for the automotive industry, despite it being held immediately prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The question of “How are we driving tomorrow?” was the central focus of every car manufacturer …

VW to Cut 30,000 Jobs in Restructuring

VW to Cut 30,000 Jobs in Restructuring

MUNICH—Embattled automaker Volkswagen said Friday it would cut 5% of its global workforce, totalling 30,000 jobs as it tries to recover from the Dieselgate scandal.
The workforce reduction, which will take place over the coming three years, will hit the company’s home market, Germany, harder than in other regions with cuts …

VW Debuts 2017 Golf in Wolfsburg

VW Debuts 2017 Golf in Wolfsburg

Volkswagen unveiled Thursday the latest version of the popular Golf at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The 2017 Golf, which is a mid-life refresh of the current Mk7 model rather than all-new, will bring along a number of new high-tech features when it arrives in showrooms.
The Golf will get an …

Volkswagen Chairman Subject of Dieselgate-Related Investigation

Volkswagen Chairman Subject of Dieselgate-Related Investigation

Embattled automaker Volkswagen said that two members of its board including its Aufsichtsratsvorsitzenden, or chairman of the supervisory board, Hans Dieter Pötsch are under investigation by the Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig for violating securities laws.
Mr. Pötsch, who previously served as the company’s chief financial officer, stands accused of …

5 Tips Before You Take a Fall Road Trip

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The impending end of Daylight Saving Time makes driving more dangerous as the days become shorter and dusk arrives earlier.
The shift to fewer daylight hours not only leads to more accidents but also increases the possibility of being stranded in the dark in the breakdown lane.
Regardless of whether you are …