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Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and commissioned in 1930 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler, who wanted an inexpensive, simple people’s car for the country’s new Autobahn network, made its …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

Review and Test Drive:  2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

Volkswagen’s sporty Golf is now in its 44th year and it’s as popular as ever. Introduced as the Rabbit in U.S. and Canadian markets because Rabbit sounded cute and Golf was a term only associated with the sport, it was Wolfsburg’s replacement for the Beetle (Käfer in German-speaking markets).
Indeed the …

BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen Denounce Diesel Fumes Tests on Monkeys

BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen Denounce Diesel Fumes Tests on Monkeys

Three German automakers, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen, apologized on Saturday for their support of research conducted in 2014 in a U.S.-based lab in which ten monkeys inhaled diesel emissions from a VW Beetle while watching cartoons on television.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the three German car companies …

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it is working with leading automakers to deploy ultra-fast chargers on European highways.
The move will propel Shell ahead of its rivals and provide a solid backbone of charging stations across the continent. Shell said it is working with Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, …

U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

U.S. Gives Green Light to VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Engine Dieselgate Fix

U.S. and California regulators approved Volkswagen AG’s recommended course of action for 38,000 diesel-powered vehicles from the company’s Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche brands, according to a letter released publicly on Monday.
The approval addresses the automaker’s SUVs with 3.0-liter diesel engines believed to emit excess emissions and means that the German …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

Review and Test Drive:  2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

Volkswagen didn’t put all of its eggs in the diesel basket. The company’s plans call for it to produce one million electric vehicles a year by 2025, a number similar to what Tesla is projecting for its own sales. The significant difference is that VW has experience in building millions …

Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

Volkswagen Executive Pleads Guilty in Dieselgate Case

A senior Volkswagen executive pleaded guilty on Friday to charges relating to the automaker’s diesel emissions compliance scandal, known as Dieselgate.
Oliver Schmidt, who as general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW of America, had served as the beleaguered automaker’s top emissions compliance executive in the United States, …

The Future of Electric (Vehicles) Is Bright

The Future of Electric (Vehicles) Is Bright

If you want a view into the future of electric vehicles, you need not look much farther than Scandinavia, specifically Norway and Sweden.
Drivers in Norway are adopting electric vehicles faster than anywhere else, where high taxes on conventionally-powered vehicles (i.e. diesels and gassers) alongside generous subsidies available to those purchasing …

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 …

Judge Approves Settlement for VW Dieselgate 3.0-Liter Vehicles

Judge Approves Settlement for VW Dieselgate 3.0-Liter Vehicles

Volkswagen announced a resolution for the Dieselgate lawsuits concerning its 3.0-liter diesel-powered vehicles.
Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval to the settlement agreement between the beleaguered automaker company and private plaintiffs on Wednesday.
The settlement will resolve outstanding civil …

VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

VW Set to Plead Guilty in Dieselgate Case on Friday, New Case Unfolds Against Audi in Australia

Volkswagen’s day in a U.S. court has come as a new investigation into l’affaire Dieselgate is unfolding in Australia.
The beleaguered automaker is expected to be formally arraigned and plead guilty to three criminal counts in the Dieselgate case Friday morning at a hearing in Detroit federal court. Judge Sean Cox …

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 …