The automaker's Audi brand may be dragged into the diesel scandal, reports say09/27/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
The death penalty is rarely used these days because it is seen as inhumane and also because it shuts down any opportunity for rehabilitation, which is supposed to be the goal of the criminal justice system.
The U.S. Justice Department is now wrestling with a similar dilemma in the case of Volkswagen AG, caught cheating on the emissions produced by its "clean" TDI diesels.
VW has already agreed to pay more than $16 billion in civil penalties but still faces criminal charge...
Veteran engineer admits he and his co-conspirators lied to federal and state regulators09/09/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
A Volkswagen engineer pleaded guility today to his role in the Volkswagen "dieselgate" scandal and admitted that he and other VW employees continued to lie to federal and California officials even after they had opened an investigation into the company's deceptive practices.
James Robert Liang, 62, of Newbury Park, Calif., pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, to commit wire fraud and to violate the Clean Air Act, and pledged in a ...
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...
The case adds 85,000 vehicles to existing dirty diesel suits11/30/2015 | ConsumerAffairs
Volkswagen is building a world-class collection of lawsuits. The latest was filed last week on behalf of owners of 85,000 Audi, Porsche and Volkswagens equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel engines.
The suit follows charges by the Environmental Protection Agency that the 3.0-liter diesels in 2009-2016 models used an illegal "defeat device" similar to that used on a much larger number of 2.0-liter "clean diesel" engines.
The latest suit was filed by consumer rights law firm H...
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...
The Center for Auto Safety wants VW ordered to clean up after itself10/19/2015 | ConsumerAffairs
Volkswagen already faces more than 400 lawsuits filed by U.S. consumers over its use of sophisticated computer software to cheat on emission tests as well as investigations by government agencies, but the latest lawsuit, if successful, may produce results that actually benefit the general public.
It was filed today by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS), a Washington, D.C. non-profit that has been battling the auto industry for 45 years. Unlike the private lawsuits which se...
However, things are moving slowly as the company has yet to determine what kind of compensation consumers can expect02/09/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
Back in December it was announced that Volkswagen would be turning to Kenneth Feinberg to settle claims related to its diesel scandal. The American attorney, who is noted for handling compensation funds for GM’s ignition switch scandal and many others, has told a German newspaper that VW will be offering “generous compensation packages to the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles whose emissions are over the legal limit,” according to a Reuters report.
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...
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 ...
VW may still have to buy back some cars if it can't fix them06/24/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
The ink is not yet dry, but reports say Volkswagen is agreeing to pay owners of its TDI "clean diesels" up to $7,000 and fund a grant program to reduce air pollution.
Consumers would get between $1,000 and $7,000, depending on their car's age and other factors, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal, which quoted sources close to the negotiations. The talks are taking place under the supervision of U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer, who has issued a gag o...
Federal judge is expected to sign off on deal with $15 billion price tag06/28/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
UPDATE: Details of the proposed settlement -- with important information for VW diesel owners -- are now available here.
A few days ago, it was reported that Volkswagen would pay $10 billion to settle charges that it rigged more than 400,000 TDI "clean diesel" cars with software to fool emissions tests. Today, the figure looks more like $15 billion.
A settlement is to be filed today (Tuesday) in U.S. District Court in San Francisco and reports say the company will agree ...
The Americans got their ton of flesh, now European consumers want the same07/05/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
Americans who bought diesel-powered Volkswagens with deceptive emissions equipment will be getting buybacks and compensation that, in some cases, will be in the tens of thousands of dollars. That's costing VW $15 billion.
Europeans similarly victimized? Nada. VW's CEO Matthias Müller made that clear the other day and he was fairly blunt about the reason: the U.S. settlement affects fewer than 500,000 consumers while in Europe the figure is nine million.
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Dirty diesel scandal leaves Volkswagen owners feeling outraged and betrayed09/21/2015 | ConsumerAffairs
Volkswagen has apologized and suspended sales of its "clean diesel" cars in the U.S. after federal and California officials charged the cars were clean only when hooked up to emissions testing devices and dirty the rest of the time.
Whether an apology will be enough to placate outraged VW owners is doubtful. "I am furious at Volkswagon for intentionally lying to me. I want to return my 2010 to Volkswagen for a full refund," said photographer and VW owner Joshua Ets-Hokin...
Violations found in VW, Audi and Porsche models with 3.0-liter engines11/02/2015 | ConsumerAffairs
It's not just the 2.0-liter Volkswagen TDI diesel engines that use illegal software to fool emission checks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today.
The EPA says several VW, Porsche, and Audi models with 3.0-liter diesels have been found with "defeat device" software similar to that used on nearly half a million of the smaller TDI engines.
The agency today issued a new Notice of Violation to Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche saying that it found several models ...