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Volkswagen Agrees to Pay $1.2B to 75K More Owners

Without a fix, that could rise to $4B

(Newser) - Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion in buybacks and compensation to settle claims from US owners of cars with larger diesel engines that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests. And the company could pay even more—as much as $4 billion—if it can'... 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 »

6 Volkswagen Employees Indicted in Emissions Scandal

VW will pay $4.3B penalty

(Newser) - Six high-level Volkswagen employees have been indicted by a grand jury in the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal, as the company admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay a record $4.3 billion penalty, the AP reports. The federal indictments and plea deal were announced Wednesday by the Justice Department... More »

FBI Arrests Volkswagen Exec

Oliver Schmidt nabbed over diesel scandal

(Newser) - The Volkswagen executive who once was in charge of complying with US emissions regulations has been arrested by the FBI in connection with the company's emissions-cheating scandal, a person briefed on the matter said Monday. Oliver Schmidt, who was general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW... 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 »

Germany Widens VW Investigation to Top Brass

Investigators now looking at chairman of board, 2 others

(Newser) - German prosecutors have widened their investigation into Volkswagen's handling of the emissions scandal to include its board chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch, reports the AP . Poetsch was VW's chief financial officer when the company's efforts to rig cars to cheat on US diesel emissions tests became public in... 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 »

VW Reaches $14.7B Emissions Scandal Settlement: Source

If confirmed, it would be the largest auto scandal settlement in US history

(Newser) - Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting diesel vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday. The figure would... More »

VW Will Buy Back or Fix Diesel Vehicles

Automaker reaches deal with US government over cheating

(Newser) - Volkswagen has finally reached a deal with the US to settle up over its emissions cheating scandal , the AP reports. A judge says an agreement will give consumers who bought nearly 600,000 VW vehicles rigged to cheat on emissions tests the option of having the automaker buy back the... 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 Gives TDI Owners $1K, 'No Strings Attached'

Well, maybe one string: Half of that is in the form of a VW credit

(Newser) - As expected , Volkswagen, in an effort to appease owners of small diesel-powered cars involved in an emissions cheating scandal, is offering them $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers, the company said. Owners will get a $500 debit card that can be used on anything, plus $500 in the... 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 »

Things Just Got Even Worse for Volkswagen

Yet more emissions problems for the automaker

(Newser) - Germany's Volkswagen, already reeling from the fallout of cheating on US emissions tests for nitrogen oxide, said Tuesday that an internal investigation has revealed "unexplained inconsistencies" in the carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 of its vehicles—a development it said could cost the company another $2.2... More »

VW's Scandal Leads to First Loss in 15 Years

Company is $1.83B in the red for last quarter

(Newser) - Volkswagen's new chief executive, Herbert Diess, apologized at the Tokyo Motor Show Wednesday for the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal , promising to win back customer trust, and said it will delay the launch of a diesel vehicle in Japan. The head of VW's Japan division appeared at the VW... 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 »

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