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Porsche chairman made new Volkswagen CEO amid dieselgate resignations

Porsche chairman made new Volkswagen CEO amid dieselgate resignations

Volkswagen appoints new CEO in wake of previous CEO Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn's resignation, which was offered Wednesday. The new CEO of Volkswagen will be the current Chairman of Porsche AG, Matthias Müller, who will also remain Chairman of that company until a successor can be found and appointed. This decision was made by the Volkswagen Supervisory Board in a meeting in Wolfsberg today. Berthold Huber, Interim Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, suggested that Müller "knows the Group and its brands well and can immediately engage in his new task with full energy.

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EPA to tighten emissions tests, but fixes should be easy

EPA to tighten emissions tests, but fixes should be easy

Unless you're driving an older vehicle, fixes for vehicles that require repair to reduct emissions should be relatively easy. That's what the United States Environmental Agency (EPA) suggests in a new set of documents released in the wake of recent violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by Volkswagen. Technical changes to Volkswagen diesel vehicles from 2015 and 2016 model years should be easy, while more "substantial" changes may be required for vehicles from the past several years. In most or all cases, repair costs will be charged to the manufacturer, not the driver.

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Volkswagen was caught cheating as early as 2014 with this setup

Volkswagen was caught cheating as early as 2014 with this setup

Just because Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned over the "Dieselgate" scandal or that the company has put aside $11 million to cover for whatever expenses it might have caused doesn't mean that the world will suddenly stop putting the car maker under a microscope. It turns out, it should have probably done so much earlier than this week. Apparently, West Virginia University researchers have been hot on the trail of the discrepancy between VW's marketing speak and actual performance as early as May last year.

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Volkswagen may not be alone in emissions cheating

Volkswagen may not be alone in emissions cheating

This month Volkswagen was effectively caught cheating on standard emissions guidelines by sidestepping test conditions with software turn-off switches. This rigged diesel testing scandal is having such a big impact that the CEO of the company has quit. Now it would appear that Volkswagen may not be alone, as a study from European Federation for Transport and Environment suggests more than just the German auto company may be cheating on or side-stepping similar tests.

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VW board warns more heads will roll in dieselgate

VW board warns more heads will roll in dieselgate

The Volkswagen board has hinted at further blood-letting at the company, following Dr. Martin Winterkorn's resignation today over the diesel testing fiasco. News this morning that Winterkorn would step down - despite denying any wrongdoing - has sent "a strong signal both internally and externally" according to the company's supervisory board, which warns that it is "expecting further personnel consequences in the next days."

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Volkswagen CEO resigns over rigged diesel testing

Volkswagen CEO resigns over rigged diesel testing

Following the ongoing news about car maker Volkswagen cheating emissions testing on its diesel vehicles in the US, CEO Martin Winterkorn has announced his resignation today. The announcement includes a statement from Winterkorn, who says he is taking responsibility for the misconduct that went on under his leadership. The company needs a "fresh start" in terms of conduct and personnel, he says, and his resignation is intended to pave the way for such changes.

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VW woes worsen: EPA widens investigation, US starts criminal probe

VW woes worsen: EPA widens investigation, US starts criminal probe

They say when it rains, it pours and for Volkswagen, that might be a lot more than a downpour. It is hardly surprising to see how the German car maker's problems with its TDI turbodiesel engine aren't ending with just an apology and a sales halt. With no end yet in sight, the Environment Protection Agency or EPA is reported to be expanding its investigations into VW's other engines which would affect even more cars. In the meantime, US and German governments are also starting their own investigations into the matter.

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Volkswagen got caught emissions cheating: What you need to know

Volkswagen got caught emissions cheating: What you need to know

Volkswagen's attempts to cheat the Clean Air Act in the US have proved shocking to diesel drivers thinking they were helping save the planet, but things are going to get even more complicated. The news that independent testing had spotted nitrogen oxide levels as much as 35x higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permits from select VW and Audi cars, and that the discrepancy came down to some testing trickery, has left the German behemoth in hot water.

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VW “clean diesel” cars not so clean after all, sales stopped

VW “clean diesel” cars not so clean after all, sales stopped

What happens when something supposedly clean is in reality even dirtier? Well, aside from lawsuits and fines, you've got a fine PR disaster on the way. That is most likely what acclaimed German car maker Volkswagen is facing as it was charged, and has also acknowledged, some misleading and rather shocking revelations about its supposedly "clean diesel" TDI engines. The Environmental Protection Agency, more popularly known as the EPA, has charged VW for, at the very least, faulty engines, forcing the car maker to suspend sales pending investigations.

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These VW Android Auto and CarPlay cars are in showrooms now

These VW Android Auto and CarPlay cars are in showrooms now

Volkswagen has launched its new Modular Infotainment Platform, MIB-II, with the first cars with the new touchscreen head-units arriving in dealerships complete with Android Auto and CarPlay. The new technology, announced at CES 2015, switches to a more modular approach, as well as baking in more apps and wearables. It's an ambitious roll-out, too, with VW planning to put MIB-II into all but a handful of its 2016 models.

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Volkswagen Golf race car concept unveiled

Volkswagen Golf race car concept unveiled

Today Volkswagen introduced a new race car concept based on the seventh generation of its Golf car model. The car is a low riding hatchback with 330 hp via a turbo charged 2.0 liter direct fuel injection engine, the same engine found in the Golf R model. This concept car was made to test out a potential future customer racing project that the automaker may initiate next year. Through a partnership this new race car will be tested at the Red Bull Ring during the Touringcar Racer International Series.

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