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Volkswagen Has Been Kicked Out of No. 1 Auto Sales Spot

Renault-Nissan is the new king of the cars

(Newser) - Results are in for the first six months of worldwide car sales, and Volkswagen has been, as CNNMoney notes, "dethroned." The German carmaker came in with about 5,155,600 vehicles sold in the first half of the year, followed by Toyota at 5,129,000. But it... More »

Buyer, Beware: 5 Deadliest Cars in America

Also, the 5 safest cars in America

(Newser) - Just how safe is that car you're driving? 24/7 Wall St. investigated to come up with a ranking of the safest and least safe car models sold in the US. The cars you'll want to drive, and those you won't, based on driver death rates: More »

Now Hot on Car Lots: VW Diesels?

After scandal, Volkswagen is hawking those it has left, then they’re gone

(Newser) - When the feds busted Volkswagen’s emissions scandal in 2015 and told it to stop selling affected cars, the automaker had about 11,000 on US car lots. Now, as the Detroit Free Press reports, those vehicles are something of an unlikely hot commodity. With its emissions fix in place,... More »

Toyota No Longer the World's Biggest Auto Seller

Volkswagen takes the crown in the year post-cheating scandal

(Newser) - Toyota has lost its crown as the world's best-selling automaker, and the company to wear it now does so for the first time: Volkswagen. Yes, though revelations about the latter's diesel-engine manipulations emerged in 2015 , 2016 turned out to be a winning year for Volkswagen, which recorded a... More »

Man Strips Car Before Trying to Get VW to Buy It Back

He's giving the emissions-cheating company a taste of its own medicine

(Newser) - There's petty, and then there's Cincinnati car salesman Joe Mayer. Jalopnik reports Mayer had an appointment this week with Volkswagen to buy back the diesel Golf he bought just weeks before the company's massive diesel scandal broke. But before he took his Golf in for the court-ordered... More »

VW's New Headache: Historian Who Exposed Nazi Past

Open letter from 75 academics says Manfred Grieger was punished for exposing Nazi ties

(Newser) - Volkswagen's troubles continue after its record-breaking $14.7 billion emissions-scandal settlement last week, with the controversy now swirling around a historian who helped uncover the company's Nazi past. The New York Times dives into the sudden end of Manfred Grieger's contract with VW, now being criticized for... More »

Judge Approves Biggest Auto Industry Settlement Ever

VW to cough up $14.7B after emissions scandal

(Newser) - A $14.7 billion settlement deal from Volkswagen revolving around its emissions scandal was hammered out in June, and Tuesday that deal was confirmed by a federal judge in San Francisco, making it the largest civil settlement involving the auto industry of all time, Reuters reports. Per the AP , 475,... More »

For Volkswagen, a New Blow

Beleaguered automaker will recall 110K 2015 Golfs over potential gas leak

(Newser) - The hits keep coming for Volkswagen , which is now recalling 110,000 Golfs and Audi A3s from the 2015 and 2016 model years, reports USA Today . The recall is over a potential gas leak involving the suction pump in the gas tank; fuel has the potential to accumulate in the... More »

1st US Criminal Charge Filed in VW Emissions Scandal

Engineer James Liang pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud

(Newser) - The first US criminal charge over the Volkswagen emissions scandal has been filed. Bloomberg reports VW engineer James Liang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud on Friday. Liang, a German citizen, has worked for VW since 1983, first in Germany and then in the US, according to WDIV . He... More »

US Sues Volkswagen, but Is Move Too Light?

Justice Department civil case could cost company billions

(Newser) - The Justice Department is filing a civil suit against Volkswagen that could cost the automaker billions of dollars over its rigging of emissions tests , reports Reuters . The department is suing on behalf of the EPA, alleging that VW violated the Clean Air Act with its popular line of diesel vehicles,... More »

44 Tech Leaders Want to Let VW Off the Hook —Kind Of

'Cure the air, not the cars'

(Newser) - More than 40 technology leaders have proposed a radical solution for how Volkswagen can fix its emissions-test-cheating vehicles: don't. Instead Quartz reports the 44 signers—including Tesla's Elon Musk—of a letter sent to the California Air Resources Board on Thursday suggest putting all the money and resources... More »

VW Looking to Throw Cash at TDI Owners: Report

Automaker expected to offer up to $1,250 to diesel owners

(Newser) - Volkswagen might be looking to buy its way out of the public relations disaster that keeps on giving : According to a report on The Truth About Cars , the German automaker will offer owners of affected diesel cars up to $1,250 in cash under a "TDI Goodwill Program" set... More »

DiCaprio Is Making a Volkswagen Scandal Movie

He's teamed up with Paramount to produce

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio is making a Volkswagen movie—and it's not a relaunch of the Herbie franchise. Rather, his production company, Appian Way, has signed up to produce a movie on the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal , reports Variety . He will be working with Paramount, which has bought the rights to an... More »

VW Boss Blames 'a Couple of Software Engineers'

Michael Horn says 3 VW employees have been suspended

(Newser) - Volkswagen's US chief started testimony at a congressional hearing on Thursday by offering "a sincere apology for VW's use of a program that served to defeat the emissions regime," Michael Horn said, per NPR , before blaming its use on "a couple of software engineers."... More »

VW's Dieselgate Now Spreads to Audi

Company's luxury brand says 2.1M of its cars also had emissions cheat

(Newser) - The dust was just starting to settle on Volkswagen's emissions-cheating software on its US diesel vehicles, but new revelations show the hubbub spreading to Audi. The company's luxury brand reported Monday that 2.1 million of its vehicles—including 13,000 in the US—had the same cheat... More »

A Very Wrong Symbol: Apologies of the Week

Including a wrenching one from a first responder

(Newser) - An inappropriate story illustration and a first responder's lament from the heart were among the apologies to make headlines this week:
  • The TV news: "Regrettably, we failed to recognize that the artwork we chose to accompany the story contained an offensive symbol. ... We are extremely embarrassed and we
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WV University Researchers Brought VW 'to Its Knees'

5-person team found too-high emission levels in Passat, Jetta

(Newser) - A member of a five-person research team at West Virginia University says his initial hope, after winning a grant to fund a $50,000 study comparing US and European diesel cars, was that a few people would read the resulting research papers. Instead, the team's research, specifically on two... More »

Volkswagen CEO Resigns

Martin Winterkorn can't survive the growing scandal

(Newser) - Volkswagen's CEO is out as the company reels from its emissions-cheating scandal. Martin Winterkorn announced the decision today, reports CNBC , and no successor has been named yet. The move comes as class-action lawsuits have begun popping up around the country by angry buyers of the company's diesel vehicles,... More »

How VW Tricked the EPA

It was apparently pretty simple

(Newser) - By now you've probably heard that Volkswagen installed software in a number of its diesel vehicles that allowed them to cheat emissions testing and spew up to 40 times the legal amount of gunk into the air. But how'd they actually do it? It's apparently pretty simple.... More »

Volkswagen Boss: 'We Have Totally Screwed Up'

Execs could face charges over emissions cheat

(Newser) - After rigging emissions tests to fool regulators, Volkswagen appears to have belatedly decided that honesty is the best policy. Michael Horn, the chief of the German automaker's US business, told an audience at an event in New York last night that the company had cheated, the BBC reports. "... More »

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