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Volkswagen can be sued anywhere in EU, says top court

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:35 AM

This is another setback for Volkswagen as it faces a wave of cases stemming from its emissions scandal

DIESELGATE. The logo of Volkswagen in Hanover, Germany, on September 22, 2015. File photo by Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/AFP

Volkswagen scraps plans for new Turkey factory over virus

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Volkswagen will no longer build a new factory in Turkey which would have employed 4,000 people

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Volkswagen, Adidas, Puma join Facebook ad boycott over hate speech

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The German brands join the call to keep the pressure on Facebook to do more on combatting hate, and dangerous false information

Mark Zuckerberg photo from Shutterstock

Volkswagen names Ralf Brandstaetter brand CEO

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:15 AM

Ralf Brandstaetter will replace Herbert Diess as Volkswagen chief executive officer. Diess will remain CEO of the entire VW group.

Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Ralf Brandstaetter introduces the new VW Passat Variant R-Line Edition at the German carmaker booth on March 5, 2019 during a press day ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva. - The 2019 edition of the Geneva International Motor Show will be held from March 7 to March 17, 2019. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Volkswagen invests 2 billion euros in Chinese electric vehicle sector

May 29, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Volkswagen will take a 50% stake in JAG – the parent company of state-owned JAC Motors – and a 26% share of Chinese battery supplier Gotion High-Tech

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Top German court grants buybacks for Volkswagen diesel car owners

May 25, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Almost 5 years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on emissions tests, the ruling is the first real legal setback for VW in its home country

EMISSIONS SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Julian StratenSchulte/ DPA/ AFP

Volkswagen pulls 'racist' ad after outcry

May 20, 2020 - 10:55 PM

'Without question: the video is wrong and tasteless,' says Volkswagen, as it draws flak for an ad it posted on Instagram

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 29, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen at a dealership in Woodbridge, Virginia. A US judge on August 25, 2016 gave German automaker Volkswagen until October 24 to come up with a fix for three-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat emissions tests, or face trial. Meanwhile, Volkswagen indicated it has reached a settlement deal in principle with US dealerships over diesel-cheat losses.  / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS

Volkswagen bosses avoid market manipulation trial with settlement

May 20, 2020 - 11:55 AM

German car giant Volkswagen is paying a 9-million-euro settlement over market manipulation charges faced by CEO Herbert Diess and supervisory board chief Hans Dieter Poetsch

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

European auto market hit by record sales plunge

May 19, 2020 - 5:45 PM

New car registrations in the 27 European Union markets fall by 76.3% in April 2020

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Volkswagen sees 'severe' virus impact but no annual loss ahead

Apr 29, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Net profit at the sprawling 12-brand Volkswagen Group falls 83% to 517 million euros ($561 million) in the 1st quarter of 2020

JOB CUTS. The company logo of German car maker Volkswagen (VW) is pictured at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, northern Germany on March 12, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Volkswagen agrees 620-million-euro payout to German 'dieselgate' victims

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Owners will shortly receive a binding agreement from Volkswagen and have two weeks to review the offer before the money is paid out from May 5

VOLKSWAGEN. A worker stands on a scaffold lift, under a giant Volkswagen logo at Volkswagen's original headquarters building in Germany, on September 30, 2015. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Virus lockdowns send European car sales down 55%

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:30 PM

All carmakers suffer, but Fiat Chrysler sees the worst drop in March 2020 as it is heavily dependent upon its home market of Italy

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Audi Hungary plant begins tooling up after 3-week production halt

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'Now the most important task for the company is to prepare for continuing complete vehicle production despite the critical situation,' says Audi Hungary head Alfons Dintner

An employee works on an Audi A3 car in the new factory at Gyor on June12, 2013 as the factory is inaugurated. The CEO of the Volkswagen Group, Martin Winterkorn, and the CEO of the Audi Group, Rupert Stadler, gave the official starting signal for the production of the Audi A3 Sedan together with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The company invested a total of more than 900 million euro in infrastructure, buildings and innovative production equipment. AFP PHOTO / STR HUNGARY OUT (Photo by STR / AFP)

Daimler to restart German factories from April 20

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Daimler finance chief Harald Wilhelm says the coronavirus 'heavily impacts sales on a global scale,' but the automaker is well positioned to weather the blow

DAIMLER JOB CUTS. The company logo of German carmaker Daimler and Mercedes-Benz is pictured before the annual shareholders meeting in Berlin on March 29, 2017. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Automakers report lower Q1 U.S. auto sales on virus hit

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'Further historic declines' in United States car sales are likely in April as well

VOLKSWAGEN'S DIESELGATE. A Diesel Volkswagen that the company bought back from consumers is loaded on a trailer in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome on August 4, 2017 in Pontiac, Michigan. File photo by Jeff Kowalsky/ AFP

Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Some experts say building critical care ventilators will require different techniques and procedures from what a car factory normally sees

This handout picture made available on March 30, 2020 by Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT shows workers assembling ventilators manufactured at the company's plant of Martorell. - Throughout Europe, in the face of a shortage of masks, gloves or ventilators, all kinds of industries are striving to adapt their production line to put it at the service of the fight against the coronavirus. (Photo by Handout / SEAT / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SEAT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Volkswagen to close most European plants 'for 2 to 3 weeks'

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess says the company faces a 'very difficult year' as the coronavirus outbreak poses 'unknown operational and financial challenges'

VW. The Volkswagen logo is pictured at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, on March 12, 2019. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Volkswagen strikes 'dieselgate' compensation deal with German consumers

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The 830-million-euro ($912-million) compensation deal fends off a first-of-its-kind collective lawsuit brought by 400,000 diesel car drivers

VOLKSWAGEN. A worker stands on a scaffold lift, under a giant Volkswagen logo at Volkswagen's original headquarters building in Germany, on September 30, 2015. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Current, former Volkswagen bosses face 'market manipulation' charges

Sep 25, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Those charged are Volkswagen's chief executive Herbert Diess, former boss Martin Winterkorn, and supervisory board chief Hans Dieter Poetsch

VOLKSWAGEN. A worker stands on a scaffold lift, under a giant VolksWagen logo at VolksWagen's original headquarters building, now under renovation in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, on September 30, 2015. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Last ever VW Beetle model rolls off Mexican production line

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:10 AM

A Mariachi band plays as German auto giant Volkswagen launches the final edition of its iconic 'Beetle' car from its Mexican factory

FINAL EDITION. A Volkswagen 'Beetle', the final edition of the iconic car, is pictured inside the factory in Puebla, Puebla State, Mexico, on July 10, 2019. Photo by Juan Carlos/AFP

Volkswagen to cut up to 7,000 jobs at VW brand

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:03 PM

The job cuts announced Wednesday, March 13, come on top of an existing restructuring program slashing 21,000 positions worldwide

JOB CUTS. The company logo of German car maker Volkswagen (VW) is pictured at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, northern Germany on March 12, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Scandal-hit Volkswagen set to name new CEO

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:32 PM

According to reports, Herbert Diess, head of the VW brand, is slated to take Matthias Mueller's place

Former VW engineer gets 40 months in 'dieselgate' scandal

Aug 26, 2017 - 12:24 AM

James Robert Liang is sentenced to 40 months in prison and ordered to pay a 200 000 fine after pleading guilty to charges he conspired to defraud the United States and violate the Clean Air Act

VOLKSWAGEN'S DIESELGATE. A Diesel Volkswagen that the company bought back from consumers is loaded on a trailer in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome on August 4, 2017 in Pontiac, Michigan. File photo by Jeff Kowalsky/ AFP

LOOK: Volkswagen PH launches road safety program for kids

May 21, 2017 - 3:12 PM

The campaign aims to help prepare children to become responsible adult road users

CHILDREN SAFETY. Automobile company Volkswagen Philippines launches Child Safety Initiative 2.0 at Robinson's Magnolia in Quezon City. Photo by Basmarie Jane Marin/Rappler

Volkswagen CEO faces first probe over 'dieselgate'

May 17, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Matthias Mueller and others allegedly delayed telling Porsche SE shareholders of the financial consequences of the software manipulation by Volkswagen AG

BARRAGE OF LAWSUITS. This file photo taken on January 10, 2016 shows Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller during a press event in Detroit, Michigan. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Lawmakers to quiz Merkel over role in VW's 'dieselgate'

Mar 08, 2017 - 1:19 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a grilling by lawmakers investigating if her government shielded Volkswagen from regulators despite knowing the auto giant was carrying out emissions cheating

Workers stand on a scaffold lift, under a giant VolksWagen logo at VolksWagen's original headquarters building, now under renovation in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, on September 30, 2015. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

Mar 03, 2017 - 9:17 PM

The researchers estimate that 1 200 people in Europe will die early each losing as much as a decade of their life as a result of excess emissions generated the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which took part in the study explains

EMISSIONS SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Julian StratenSchulte/ DPA/ AFP

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Feb 03, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Volkswagen to cut 30,000 jobs in huge post-dieselgate revamp

Nov 18, 2016 - 8:02 PM

It s a major step forward and undoubtedly one of the biggest in the history of the company says Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess

VOLKSWAGEN. A worker stands on a scaffold lift, under a giant VolksWagen logo at VolksWagen's original headquarters building, now under renovation in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, on September 30, 2015.File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

German prosecutors extend 'dieselgate' probe to Volkswagen chairman

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Hans Dieter Poetsch is now under investigation over his previous role as Volkswagen s chief financial officer

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 10, 2015 shows Hans-Dieter Poetsch, supervisory board chairman of German carmaker Volkswagen, during a press conference in Wolfsburg, central Germany.  German prosecutors probing whether Volkswagen executives manipulated the markets in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal have widened their investigation to include the chairman of the group's supervisory board, the auto giant said on November 6. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Audi tech chief leaves after reports link him to 'dieselgate'

Sep 27, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Stefan Knirsch allegedly knew that Audi s 3 0 liter diesel engines had cheating software even before the scandal erupted

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 3, 2016 shows Stefan Knirsch, responsible for the technical development and member of the board of German car maker Audi, during his company's annual press conference in Ingolstadt, southern Germany.  Audi's head of technical development stepped down "with immediate effect" on September 26, 2016, the luxury carmaker announced, after German media accused him of involvement in parent company Volkswagen's "dieselgate" scandal. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE

Investors sue Volkswagen for 8.2B euros over 'dieselgate'

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:35 PM

The European Commission says Volkswagen has promised that all cars across the bloc will be fixed by autumn 2017

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 10, 2016 shows Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller during a press event in Detroit, Michigan. German car giant Volkswagen is the target of 1,400 legal cases from investors claiming a total of 8.2 billion euros in compensation over its emissions cheating scandal, the state court in Brunswick said in a statement on September 21, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

Volkswagen engineer indicted in US emissions case

Sep 10, 2016 - 12:50 AM

James Liang helped develop the diesel engines equipped with defeat devices for some 500 000 Volkswagen cars sold in the United States

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 29, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen at a dealership in Woodbridge, Virginia. A US judge on August 25, 2016 gave German automaker Volkswagen until October 24 to come up with a fix for three-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat emissions tests, or face trial. Meanwhile, Volkswagen indicated it has reached a settlement deal in principle with US dealerships over diesel-cheat losses.  / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS

Australia sues Volkswagen for millions over emissions cheating

Sep 01, 2016 - 11:15 PM

Volkswagen engaged in multiple breaches of the Australian consumer law says ACCC Chairman Rod Sims

A Volkswagen car is driven through Sydney's central business district on October 1, 2015. Australia's competition watchdog has warned that Volkswagen could be hit with up to Aus$1.1 million (US$780,000) in fines for each pollution-cheating device installed and in use in its cars in the country. AFP PHOTO/William WEST / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

Volkswagen reaches deal with suppliers

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:35 PM

The German carmaker and its suppliers Cartrim and ES Guss agree to keep details of the agreement secret

epaselect epa05507564 A sign reading 'Delivery - maufacturing materials' shows the direction for trucks arriving at the entrance to the VW†factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, 23 August 2016. Car manufacturer Volkswagen says an agreement has been reached in the supply dispute between VW and two important parts suppliers. EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE

Volkswagen cuts nearly 28,000 workers' hours over supply woes

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED Workers at the carmaker s factories in Wolfsburg Emden Zwickau Kassel Salzgitter and Brunswick are affected

epa05498937 Two men work into work before the start of their shifts at Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, 19 August 2016. Volkswagen (VW) has been forced to temporarily shut down its production of popular 'Golf' model in Wolfsburg and the 'Passat' model in Emden due to suppliers that have stopped delivery of car parts to the VW factories. EPA/SEBASTIAN GOLLNOW

Volkswagen, suppliers to hold talks on production-crippling dispute

Aug 21, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The German carmaker and its suppliers ES Automobilguss and Cartrim will try to resolve their dispute through negotiations

epa05498866 An exterior view of the ES Automobilguss GmbH company site in Schoenheide, Germany, 19 August 2016. The company supplies parts to Volkswagen AG, which is currently operating short-time working due to supply bottlenecks. Volkswagen is currently in judicial conflict with ASA Prevent Group, a company that owns two of VW's suppliers that have stopped delivery of car parts to factories. Volkswagen has been forced to temporarily shut down its production of popular vehicles Golf in Wolfsburg and Passat in Emden. EPA/BODO SCHACKOW

US finds evidence of criminality in VW probe – report

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:52 AM

The Justice Department is now negotiating a settlement which may involve significant financial penalties for the company The Wall Street Journal reports

A blue-and-white checkered pattern reflected in a VW€ vehicle's badge, in Munich, Germany, August 2, 2016. Peter Kneffel/EPA

Volkswagen Korea head apologizes, questioned on emission fraud

Aug 12, 2016 - 12:15 AM

I am sorry for the situation and we will do everything faithfully to cooperate with the prosecutor CEO Johannes Thammer is quoted as saying

Johannes Thammer (C), CEO of Volkswagen Korea, is surrounded by journalists as he arrives at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul on August 11, 2016. The head of Volkswagen's South Korean unit apologised as he presented himself to state prosecutors for questioning over the German carmaker's emissions fraud scandal. / AFP PHOTO / YONHAP / YONHAP

South Korea suspends sale of 80 Volkswagen models

Aug 02, 2016 - 2:16 PM

The South Korean Environment Ministry also hands down a fine of 16 million against the German carmaker

epa05451523 South Korean Environment Ministry official Hong Dong-gon briefs the press on South Korea's sales ban and certification nullification for 80 Volkswagen vehicle models whose emissions results were fabricated at the Sejong government complex, south of Seoul, South Korea, 02 August 2016. The ministry also announced a 17.8 billion won (16 million US dollar) fine on the German automaker. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Volkswagen net profit falls 57% in second quarter

Jul 28, 2016 - 9:15 PM

The carmaker s earnings in the second quarter of 2016 are weighed down by costs related to the diesel emissions cheating scandal

epa05442177 (FILE) A file dated 21 April 2016 shows a Volkswagen logo on a car in the lot of a VW dealership in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. According to news reports on 26 July 2016, a US federal judge gives preliminary approval to a 15 billion US dollar settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal in a deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. VW admited on 2015 that it had cheated on its US exhaust tests. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Volkswagen gets preliminary approval for US emissions settlement

Jul 27, 2016 - 3:00 PM

US District Judge Charles Breyer praises the enormous effort to settle the scandal and sets an October 18 deadline for final approval of the deal

epa05442175 (FILE) An archive picture made available on 23 June 2016 shows the US flag reflected in the hood of a Volkswagen (VW) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, 13 May 2009. According to news reports on 26 July 2016, a US federal judge gives preliminary approval to a 15 billion US dollar settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal in a deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. VW's admited on 2015 that it had cheated on its US exhaust tests. EPA/FRISO GENTSCH

Volkswagen execs named in new emissions lawsuits

Jul 20, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Current Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller and his predecessor Martin Winterkorn are accused of being aware early on about the so called dieselgate scandal

epa05368860 Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at press conference at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, 16 June 2016. The German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) introduced its strategy until the year of 2025. EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE

California rejects Volkswagen plan to fix 3-liter diesel cars

Jul 14, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The California Air Resources Board says the carmaker s proposed measures are substantially deficient and do not meet legal requirements

epa05271222 A Volkswagen automobile is seen in the lot of a VW dealership in Woodland Hills, California, USA, 21 April 2016. Media reports on 21 April state Volkswagen is to buy back cars in USA following emissions scandal, as part of an agreement with US regulators. VW representatives are to meet with US judicial authorities for a hearing at a federal court in San Francisco to discuss the issue on 21 April. EPA/MIKE NELSON

Record Volkswagen payout in US 'dieselgate' settlement

Jun 28, 2016 - 11:11 PM

UPDATED While this announcement is an important step forward let me be clear it is by no means the last says US Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL. An employee looks through a pair of binoculars as he stands next to a corporate logo of Volkswagen (VW) on the rooftop of an office building of the German car manufacturer in Wolfsburg, Germany, September 25, 2015. Photo by Rainer Jensen/EPA

Volkswagen chief tells shareholders sorry for emissions scandal

Jun 22, 2016 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED This misconduct goes against everything that Volkswagen stands for says Matthias Mueller as he faces angry shareholders

epa05382974 Matthias Mueller, chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG, is seen on video screens as he speaks at the shareholder's meeting of Volkswagen AG at the Deutsche Messe AG Exhibition Grounds in Hanover, Germany, 22 June 2016. EPA/SEBASTIAN GOLLNOW

Volkswagen places question mark over future of diesel technology

Jun 21, 2016 - 6:45 PM

It s clear even today that treating exhaust gas fumes will become very costly and elaborate says Volkswagen chief Matthias Mueller

epa05368926 Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, speaks at a news conference at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, 16 June 2016. The German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) introduced its strategy until the year of 2025. EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE

VW ex-boss probed for market manipulation

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:32 PM

Volkswagen s former boss Martin Winterkorn is under investigation for having allegedly manipulated the market by holding back information about emissions cheating at the automobile giant

UNDER INVESTIGATION. This file photo taken on March 13, 2014 shows Martin Winterkorn, then CEO of German carmaker Volkswagen (VW), attending the company's annual press conference in Berlin. Photo by Johannes Eisele / AFP

US authorities extend deadline for Volkswagen in 'dieselgate' scandal

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A San Francisco district court gives the German carmaker until June 28 to present its plan to compensate US car owners

epa05327037 An exterior view of the San Francisco Federal Courthouse where US Justice Department officials and attorneys representing Volkswagen appeared in a 'Status Conference' in a lawsuit over diesel emissions, in San Francisco, California, USA, 24 May 2016. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Germany probes Volkswagen staffer for 'destroying proof' of fraud

Jun 09, 2016 - 9:50 PM

Investigators believe the staffer told colleagues to get rid of data connected to the cheating scandal

epa05271222 A Volkswagen automobile is seen in the lot of a VW dealership in Woodland Hills, California, USA, 21 April 2016. Media reports on 21 April state Volkswagen is to buy back cars in USA following emissions scandal, as part of an agreement with US regulators. VW representatives are to meet with US judicial authorities for a hearing at a federal court in San Francisco to discuss the issue on 21 April. EPA/MIKE NELSON