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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 »

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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EPA Changing Emissions Tests So It Can't Be Duped Again

Volkswagen scandal spurs change

(Newser) - The US Environmental Protection Agency said today that it will launch sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years. In a letter to car manufacturers, the EPA said it will add on-road testing to its regimen,... More »

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 »

Billions Wiped Off VW's Market Value

Market value down almost $17B after cheating claims

(Newser) - Around $16.9 billion was wiped off the market value of Volkswagen AG today following revelations that the German carmaker rigged US emissions tests for about 500,000 diesel cars. By mid-afternoon trading in Frankfurt, Volkswagen's share price was down a stunning 18.1%. Its dramatic fall weighed heavily... More »

EPA Allegations Are Already Costing VW

Consumer Reports pulls recommendations of Volkswagen vehicles

(Newser) - "Buying bible" Consumer Reports has yanked its favorable ratings of diesel Jettas and Passats in the wake of the EPA's allegations that Volkswagen installed software in its vehicles to skirt federal emissions laws, USA Today reports. "These recommendations will be suspended until Consumer Reports can re-test these... More »

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