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Here’s how Volkswagen plans to redeem itself

Here’s how Volkswagen plans to redeem itself

Volkswagen may still be reeling from dieselgate, but when life gives you lemons you serve them as a garnish for your new strategic roadmap. More electrification, hybrids with increased range, and of course cleaner diesels are all on the cards as the German automaker aims to redeem its reputation and steer its fortunes back into the black.

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Volkswagen dieselgate recalls to begin in January

Volkswagen dieselgate recalls to begin in January

Following Volkswagen's admissions over just how many of its vehicles around the world were among those installed with software to help cheat diesel emissions tests, the German manufacturer's newly appointed CEO Matthias Müller has said that they are expecting to begin recalls in January 2016. Speaking to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Müller added that "all the cars should be fixed by the end of 2016." However, it was clarified that these two timeframes only apply to affected VW cars in Europe.

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Volkswagen admits dieselgate includes 1.2M UK vehicles

Volkswagen admits dieselgate includes 1.2M UK vehicles

As investigations and disclosures continue over "dieselgate," or Volkswagen's emissions cover-up involving its diesel engines, the car manufacturer has revealed that out of the 11 million vehicles affected worldwide, just under 1,190,000 are located in the UK. VW said that all these cars with EA 189 EU5 engines will be part of an upcoming recall program, and that they are starting to contact owners of said vehicles about the recall process.

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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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Volkswagen readies $7.4bn fund to cover 11m car diesel cheat

Volkswagen readies $7.4bn fund to cover 11m car diesel cheat

Volkswagen's emission woes continue, with the company conceding that its diesel dodge impacts 11 million cars worldwide. In a statement today, the automaker revealed that cars - including those under its own badge, and select Audi models using the same TDI engine - across the world used the same software that effectively allowed the powertrain to cheat during emissions testing.

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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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