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Volkswagen Reveals I.D. Electric Concept Ahead of Paris Motor Show

Volkswagen Reveals I.D. Electric Concept Ahead of Paris Motor Show

Volkswagen’s latest concept car, the I.D., which it plans to debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show which opens later this week, isn’t just a show car but a harbinger of what the automaker has in store come 2020.
Based on VW’s current design language with a very futuristic twist, the …

Google Self-Driving Car Involved in Serious Accident

Google Self-Driving Car Involved in Serious Accident

A Google-operated self-driving Lexus SUV was struck by a commercial van at an intersection in Mountain View, California.   The truck failed to stop at the red light and ran into the Lexus causing significant damage but no injuries were reported.
“A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain …

VW Shareholders Seek €8.2 Billion for Lost Value after Dieselgate

VW Shareholders Seek €8.2 Billion for Lost Value after Dieselgate

Volkswagen’s latest Dieselgate travail comes from its shareholders, who are looking to hold the embattled German automaker accountable for deceiving vehicle buyers, dealerships, and the shareholders.
The shareholders are filing suit against the company in record numbers after their holdings lost significant value following the news of the diesel emissions scandal.
The …

BMW Launches ReachNow Car Sharing in Portland

BMW Launches ReachNow Car Sharing in Portland

BMW of North America announced Monday that its ReachNow car-sharing service has commenced operations in Portland, Oregon.
ReachNow’s goal is to “provide drivers with an experience that is as convenient as owning a car,” BMW said in a statement.
ReachNow’s Portland fleet includes 260 vehicles including the BMW 3 Series, Mini Clubman, …

VW Engineer Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Criminal Case

VW Engineer Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Criminal Case

A senior Volkswagen engineer pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud buyers of VW diesels as well as federal regulators in the first criminal charges stemming from the U.S. investigation into the German carmaker’s emissions deception known as Dieselgate.
James Liang entered his plea in made in the United States District Court …

EU: Volkswagen May Have Broken Consumer Laws in 20 Countries

EU: Volkswagen May Have Broken Consumer Laws in 20 Countries

The European Commission believes that Volkswagen may have broken consumer-protection laws in 20 countries by installing software that cheated on emissions testing.
The two statutes cited are the Consumer Sales and Guarantees Directive that prohibits companies from making exaggerated environmental claims in their marketing as well as the Unfair Commercial Practises …

Jaguar Debuts 2 New Diesel Models in the U.S.

Jaguar Debuts 2 New Diesel Models in the U.S.

Jaguar Land Rover announced the launch of two diesel-powered sedans in the United States.
Both come with the new Ingenium 2.0-liter inline four banger that develops 180 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 318 pound-feet of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.  The diesel engine is paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic …

VW to Pay U.S. Dealers $1.2 Billion as Dieselgate Compensation

VW to Pay U.S. Dealers $1.2 Billion as Dieselgate Compensation

In the wake of the Dieselgate scandal, many Volkswagen dealerships found that their franchises had little value beyond that of their real estate and their parts and new car inventory. Fahrvergnügen, it turned out, had little residual value.
On Thursday, Volkswagen Group of America agreed to compensate its 650 dealers for …

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, …