FCA is said to be trying to settle allegations it also used defeat devices on its diesels05/18/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Like a day in traffic court, one case is disposed of while others wait their turn. In this case, it's Volkswagen that has been fined and sent on its way while courtroom hangers-on wait to see what happens to the next potential defendant, Fiat Chrysler.
Federal Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco yesterday signed off on the settlement with Volkswagen that will start the formal claims process for owners of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche 3.0-liter TDI diesel cars, the last...
It's the first time states have won environmental penalties against an automaker03/30/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Volkswagen will pay $157 million to 10 states that sued the company for its secret use of unlawful "defeat device" software to enable their diesel-powered cars to pass emissions inspections.
It's the first time the states have won environmental penalties against an automaker on their own. Previously, such cases were handled soley by the federal government.
“Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche tried to pull off an extraordinarily cynical corporate fraud – deceiving hundreds of th...
3.0-liter diesels in VW, Audio and Porsche models also used illegal "defeat devices"11/20/2015 | ConsumerAffairs
Like a cloud of billowing smoke, the Volkswagen dirty diesel scandal just keeps expanding. The Environmental Protection Agency now says that at least 85,000 additional VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles are equipped with software allegedly designed to cheat emissions tests.
The EPA said today that Volkswagen and Audi officials yesterday admitted that the software that fudges on emissions tests was present on all vehicles powered by the VW group’s 3.0-liter diesel V-6 engine si...
Federal judge gives preliminary approval to plans to fix or buy back 80,000 cars02/15/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Volkswagen moved closer to putting the "dirty diesel" scandal behind it this week as U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer gave preliminary approval to a plan under which VW would pay about $1.2 billion to fix or buy back about 80,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles.
That amount could increase to $4 billion if the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulators don't approve of VW's proposed fixes to all of the 3.0-liter Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models.
“We are ple...
The approval closes another chapter in the 'clean diesel' scandal that shook confidence in automakers10/25/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
A federal court judge today approved the $15 billion settlement between Volkswagen and consumers who owned or leased a Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI "clean diesel" car. It's the largest consumer class action settlement in U.S. history.
In most cases the owners of VW and Audi diesel cars fitted with illegal emissions defeat devices will receive between $12,500 and $44,000 each, depending on the model, year, mileage, and trim of the car, as well as where the owner lives...
The company is hoping to avoid having to buy back all of the dirty diesel cars11/15/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
Another chapter in the Volkswagen dirty diesel scandal may be drawing to a close. Reports today say that VW has reached an agreement with federal and California regulators to fix or buy back about 80,000 Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines.
About 60,000 of the cars would be recalled and brought into line with U.S. and California emission standards while 19,000 older models would be repurchased because fixing them would be too complicated, Bloombe...
Regulators in California have reportedly found a second defeat device on some Audi models11/08/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
It looks like VW isn’t out of the woods yet when it comes to its connection with defeat devices. Forbes reports that regulators from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have allegedly found another unreported defeat device that misrepresented carbon dioxide emissions on certain Audi models.
Worse yet, Bild am Sonntag – a German publication – has found a document wherein Audi chief of powertrains Axel Eiser discusses the defeat feature and how it will be “100% activ...
The company will pay C$2.1 billion to buy back 105,000 polluting diesel vehicles12/20/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
U.S. consumers have expressed their fair share of outrage over Volkswagen’s emissions scandal. Since last September, when news first broke on the defeat devices, the company has faced a barrage of litigation from all sides.
In October, a court approved the company’s $15 billion settlement in the U.S. that covered consumers who bought or leased Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI “clean diesel” cars. While the U.S. is obviously not the only country that Volkswagen must worry...
Company plans 30 electric vehicle models within 10 years06/16/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
Still coping with the aftermath of its diesel emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen has announced a major shift in direction – away from diesel and gasoline powered vehicles and toward what it calls “sustainable mobility,” another way of saying electric vehicles.
The company calls the initiative “Together – Strategy 2025.” It has announced plans to introduce more than 30 purely battery-powered electric vehicles over the next 10 years. Eventually, it expects electric veh...
Retrofitting the rest will be a long and expensive process01/08/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
A German newspaper report says Volkswagen may buy back about 115,000 cars in the United States as a result of the "dirty diesel" scandal. Another 450,000 will need extensive retrofitting to meet U.S. emission standards, the report said.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung said that VW expects it will have to either refund the purchase price or offer owners a new car at a significant discount. It's thought that would apply to older cars that would be too expensive to retrofit.
The state calls the plan "incomplete, substantially deficient" and too slow01/12/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
Volkswagen's plan to clean up its 2.0-liter diesel-powered cars is "incomplete, substantially deficient and falls far short of meeting the legal requirements," the California Air Resources Board said today. CARB also said the plan would take too long to complete.
It's a serious setback for Volkswagen, which had admitted using stealth softare to fool emissions testing equipment, enabling its cars to emit 40 times the legal limit of pollutants.
VW, trying to put the best f...
The suit will seek hundreds of millions of euros for 66 institutional investors and thousands of private investors01/18/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
In the past couple of months, consumers who have been affected by the VW diesel scandal have expressed their outrage. In the U.S., numerous consumer groups have filed class action lawsuits, and both the feds and the state of California have rejected company proposals pertaining to the necessary recall. In all, the company stands to lose billions of dollars to U.S. consumers, as well as another $46 billion for violating the Clean Air Act.
Now, Reuters reports that a large...
VW "put profit ahead of honesty," risked harm to public health, state charges02/08/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
Add the state of New Jersey to the long list of plaintiffs suing Volkswagen for using deceptive software to allow its VW, Porsche, and Audi diesel-powered cars to masquerade as low-emission vehicles.
“For the past decade Volkswagen engaged in one of the largest frauds in the history of the automobile industry,” the state’s lawsuit asserts. “It developed and distributed into the marketplace sophisticated software to evade emissions requirements, it misled regulators about...
Oliver Schmidt awaits trial on 11 felony counts, other VW execs remain in Germany02/24/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Volkswagen has paid billions of dollars in fines, penalties, and buyback costs related to its "dirty diesel" scandal. But that's not much help to Oliver Schmidt, a VW engineer who at one time headed the automaker's emissions compliance department.
Schmidt, 48, has been in jail in Detroit awaiting trial on 11 felony counts, and a federal judge Thursday refused to release him on bond, saying he presented an extreme flight risk. Schmidt was arrested at Miami International A...
U.S. consumers not feeling positive vibes from goodwill efforts08/02/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
If you think U.S. regulators were tough on Volkswagen for fudging diesel emission readings, consider the response in South Korea where the government has halted sales of 80 models of VW, Audi, and Bentley vehicles and fined Volkswagen $16 million.
It's a major blow to VW in South Korea, where it had more than tripled revenue over the last five years before the emissions scandal broke. VWs aren't big sellers there, but Audis and Bentleys fairly fly off showroom floors.
Embattled company plans to speed up transition to electric cars07/20/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
There's an old saying, “when they run you out of town, make it look like you're leading a parade.”
That comes to mind with the news that Volkswagen, still struggling to get beyond its diesel cheating scandal, is looking beyond diesel engines as its future. Then again, it pretty much has to at this point.
“Volkswagen killed diesel in the U.S. for the entire industry due to its cheating on emissions,” said Autotrader senior analyst Michelle Krebs, in an email to ConsumerAff...
Former executives reportedly under investigation in Germany06/21/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
The fallout from Volkswagen's admitted diesel emissions cheating scandal is increasing in courtrooms around the world.
But the latest action doesn't concern the act itself – installing onboard software in clean diesel cars that adjusted emissions only when it sensed a test was being conducted.
Rather, the latest legal issues are being brought by interests that owned VW stocks and bonds, which suffered heavy losses as the scandal unfolded.
The New York Times reports German ...