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After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

After eight decades, the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile in history, the Volkswagen Beetle, has become extinct.
Production of the current generation Volkswagen Beetle rolled to an end at the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday.
The final Volkswagen Beetle was a Denim Blue coupe that will remain on display at the …

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers Tell Trump Not to Weaken Tailpipe Emissions Standards

The U.S. auto industry – which had asked President Trump to relax pollution standards shortly after his inauguration – is now warning that his efforts to reduce tailpipe emissions are going to create instability for the automakers themselves.
In a letter released on Thursday and signed by 17 companies including General …

Review and Test Drive: Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

Review and Test Drive:  Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
The VW tradition of a fabulous send-off, however, continues with the 2019 Beetle Final Edition SE. Just like in 1979, when the United States said “Auf Wiedersehen” to the final original Käfer, or Bug, with …

Former VW CEO Indicted in Germany Over L’Affaire Dieselgate

Former VW CEO Indicted in Germany Over L’Affaire Dieselgate

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn along with four other VW executives was charged with fraud in the ongoing Dieselgate case.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig is charging Winterkorn with fraud, embezzlement, and violating anti-trust laws.
Prosecutors there allege that Winterkorn was aware that VW was manipulating diesel emissions as early …

EU Charges BMW, Mercedes, VW with Colluding on Emissions Technology

EU Charges BMW, Mercedes, VW with Colluding on Emissions Technology

The European Commission said Friday that BMW, Mercedes parent Daimler-Benz, and Volkswagen breached antitrust rules and colluded to restrict the development of pollution controls for petrol- and diesel-powered automobiles.
In the period from 2006 to 2014, the three companies, including VW’s Audi and Porsche marques, violated antitrust laws and contributed to …

SEC Accuses Volkswagen and Former CEO Winterkorn of Fraud

SEC Accuses Volkswagen and Former CEO Winterkorn of Fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said late Thursday it was suing Volkswagen and its former CEO relating to the Dieselgate affair.
The SEC is accusing the German automaker of undertaking a “massive fraud” as it raised money from American investors.
Volkswagen used software to manipulate its diesel-powered vehicles’ emissions tests in …

Volkswagen Plans €20,000 Tesla Competitor

Volkswagen Plans €20,000 Tesla Competitor

Volkswagen will reportedly introduce a new electric vehicle that will compete with Tesla yet sell for less than €20,000 ($22,719).
The German automaker will convert multiple factories to produce electric vehicles according to a report in the Handelsblatt. The new electric vehicles will be based on the automaker’s MEB electric vehicle …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Volkswagen that was first introduced in the United States as the Dasher in 1974.It was mechanically identical to the Audi 80, while the five-door Passat wagon was in America as the Audi Fox.
One of the things that attracted me to the Passat …

Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to Return for 2019

Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to Return for 2019

Fahrvergnügen Continues, 35 Years Down the Road
The first generation Volkswagen Golf was marketed as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States when it was introduced in 1974 to replace the Beetle. Wolfsburg introduced a second generation Golf in 1983 along with a sportier model called the GTI.
The GTI is turning …

Porsche Says ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Diesels in Wake of Dieselgate Scandal

Porsche Says ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Diesels in Wake of Dieselgate Scandal

Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen AG, announced on Sunday it would no longer offer diesel versions of its cars.
The move makes Porsche the first German automaker to drop the diesel engine following the 2015 Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal.
“As a sports-car maker where diesel has traditionally played an inferior role, we have …

Volkswagen to End Production of Iconic Beetle in 2019

Volkswagen to End Production of Iconic Beetle in 2019

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
To commemorate the final year of production, Volkswagen will add two commemorative models, the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen announced it would not replace the current Beetle with an updated …

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 …