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Volkswagen Dieselgate Settlement Gets Green Light from Judge

Volkswagen Dieselgate Settlement Gets Green Light from Judge

Volkswagen’s proposed settlement to get some 480,000 vehicles with 2.0-liter diesel engines off the road in the United States received preliminary approval from the judge handling the case.
The move by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer opens the door for final approval later this year after giving the opportunity to …

Lawsuits Connect VW CEO to Dieselgate

Lawsuits Connect VW CEO to Dieselgate

Three lawsuits filed by the attorneys general of the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland contend that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions deception, commonly known as “Dieselgate,” reached top levels of the parent company in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The lawsuits, filed Tuesday, directly place the embattled automaker’s current CEO, Matthias Müller, in the …

Volkswagen to Settle Diesel Claims in U.S. for $14.7 Billion

Volkswagen to Settle Diesel Claims in U.S. for $14.7 Billion

Volkswagen announced Tuesday it plans to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle Dieselgate-related claims.   The proposed settlement, one of the largest ever for a consumer class-action settlement, covers approximately 475,000 Volkswagen vehicles including 460,000 Volkswagens and 15,000 Audis with 2.0-liter diesel engines.
The settlement, which is subject to the approval …

BMW Announces Second Life for i3 Batteries as Home Power Supplies

BMW Announces Second Life for i3 Batteries as Home Power Supplies

BMW announced a solution that puts batteries from BMW i3 electric vehicles to good use when they can no longer serve to power the i3 itself.
What the Bavarian automaker termed a “stationary energy storage system solution” was announced this week at the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition 29 in Montreal, …

German Prosecutors Announce Investigation of Former VW CEO Winterkorn in Dieselgate Scandal

German Prosecutors Announce Investigation of Former VW CEO Winterkorn in Dieselgate Scandal

L’affaire Dieselgate may have involved Volkswagen’s former CEO as well as a member of the automaker’s management board, German prosecutors said Monday.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor in Braunschweig, a neighboring city to Wolfsburg in Lower Saxony, Germany, said that the former executive, Martin Winterkorn, is suspected of having waited too …

VW Introduces Smart Navi that Learns “Regular Routes”

VW Introduces Smart Navi that Learns “Regular Routes”

For those who wondered why their car’s navigation system doesn’t take a hint after following the same route for months or years, Volkswagen may have a solution. The automaker introduced Tuesday a navigation system that learns regularly driven routes.
VW says that “Regular Routes” will memorize routes a driver regularly takes, …

Number of Diesels in U.S. Up for 2015 Despite Dieselgate

Number of Diesels in U.S. Up for 2015 Despite Dieselgate

The number of diesel passenger cars, SUVs, vans, and pick-up trucks on the road in the United States increased slightly in 2015, although a combination of lower fuel prices and an emissions scandal caused many buyers to purchase petrol-powered cars.
Dieselgate brought the diesel market in the United States to a …

Volkswagen Dieselgate Fix for 2.0-Liter Engines Gets Green Light from German Regulators

Volkswagen Dieselgate Fix for 2.0-Liter Engines Gets Green Light from German Regulators

The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority, approved Volkswagen’s technical solution to put its 2.0-liter TDI engines into compliance with current emissions standards. The engines were originally equipped with software that allowed them to pass emissions tests but pollute more when in use on the road.
The fix includes a software …

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling some 1.1 million cars and SUVs because some drivers have found their gear shift levers confusing and would exit the vehicle without shifting into park.
The recall covers 811,586 cars in the United States and 317,616 in other markets.
The move follows a 2015 National …

Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel was introduced in the United States ten years ago, in 2006. The move to the new standard – 15 ppm of sulfur – was mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency effective October 15, 2006 and California began requiring it on September 1, 2006.
The change came about …

Former Engine Chief at VW Wolfgang Hatz Resigns

Former Engine Chief at VW Wolfgang Hatz Resigns

The former head of engine and transmission development at Volkswagen, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the embattled automaker.
Most recently head of development at Porsche, Hatz had been suspended seven months ago due to his possible participation in the Dieselgate scandal. The move was made at his own request.
Volkswagen admitted installing software …

BMW Adds New Features and Greater Range to i3 for 2017

BMW Adds New Features and Greater Range to i3 for 2017

BMW’s electric city car will get a significant boost in range for the upcoming model year.
On Monday, the automaker announced a new version of the i3 electric vehicle with a more powerful battery and larger fuel tank for the range extender. The vehicle’s electric range will increase from 80 miles …