Four Audi engineering managers have been indicted for their roles in installing and concealing the infamous emissions “defeat devices."
Among their charges are conspiracy, violations of the Federal Clean Air Act, and wire fraud.…keep reading article "Former Audi Managers Indicted in Diesel Emissions Case"
When Volkswagen agreed to a multi-district settlement for selling polluting engines marketed as clean diesel,
it did so knowing it’d have to pay billions of dollars to customers that owned or leased an affected vehicle when the news about the scandal broke.
Some owners that had sold their affected vehicles before the news came out tried to file for compensation in court, but didn't get very far. That may be about to change due to an interesting court decision in California.…keep reading article "Judge's Decision May Open to the Door to New Diesel-Scandal Claims"
The Justice Department has found themselves a snitch.
In exchange for immunity, a former employee involved with diesel engine development has named former manager Giovanni Pamio as a key part of the coverup.keep reading article "Former Audi Manager Charged with Conspiracy to Defraud Regulators and Customers"
Audi just wants everyone to know that they're promising "no more misconduct" and "full transparency" in regards to the diesel emissions mess.
"We will continue until the job is done," Chief Executive Rupert Stadler said, promising to make law and ethics Audi's "ultimate benchmark".
That's nice and all, but do they really have a choice at this point?…keep reading article "Audi Promises to Start Behaving with Diesel Investigations"
As part of a fraud investigation, German authorities have raided Audi's German HQ in search of evidence related to the diesel emissions scandal.
"Audi spokesman Moritz Drechsel said that the raids were focused on the company headquarters in Ingolstadt and at its plant in Neckarsulm in the neighboring state of Baden-Wuerttemberg."…keep reading article "Audi's German HQ Searched for Emissions Evidence"
Volkswagen has released a settlement update
for 83,000 Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles with TDI engines. And methinks owners are going to be Scrooge McDuck levels of happy.
Owners of the 2009-2012 Audi Q7 3.0L diesel will be eligible for buyback offers between $26,000 to $58,000, depending on model year and mileage. Owners will also be given the option to keep their vehicles – if VW can come up with an adequate fix – and still receive up to $15,380 in compensation for their troubles.
Even previous owners will be eligible for payments ranging from $4,627 to $7,747.…keep reading article "VW Releases 3.0L TDI Settlement Terms"
Now might not be the best time to travel if you're a VW executive.
"Schmidt has already appeared before a U.S. District Court in Miami but didn't enter a plea. He was ordered held for a hearing scheduled for Thursday, January 12, in front of Judge William C. Turnoff."
Mr. Schmidt was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and violations of the U.S. Clean Air Act.…keep reading article "Feds Arrest VW Executive Oliver Schmidt"
Volkswagen has received the stamp of approval for a fix of about 475,000 2-liter "clean diesel" vehicles.
These are the so-called "generation 3" diesels and are all from the 2015 model year. The list includes the 2015 Audi A3.
"Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) say the approved emissions modifications will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 to 90 percent."…keep reading article "Audi 'Gen 3' Diesel Fix Approved"
A judge has given VW's diesel settlement preliminary approval
, which means owners of 2-liter diesel Volkswagen and Audi vehicles are one step closer to the end of this mess.
"Judge Charles Breyer already gave preliminary approval to the $15 billion settlement that will see about $10 billion go to U.S. car owners and about $5 billion to cover environmental damages. Now the judge says he is inclined to finalize the settlement terms by October 25, 2016, at least for the most part."…keep reading article "Audi 2-liter Diesel Owners One Step Closer to Settlement"
Volkswagen Group still doesn't have an approved fix from the EPA and the company just agreed to send $175 million to lawyers representing diesel owners in the US.
In other words, the company is in financial trouble and that means some belt tightening needs to happen.…keep reading article "VW’s Delays Lead to Audi Cost Cuts"
The Green Mountain State is seeing red.
"Vermont has turned down Volkswagen's U.S. emissions cheating settlement offer and opted to sue Audi, Porsche and VW for showing a "blatant disregard" for the protection of the state’s natural resources and the health of its residents."…keep reading article "Vermont Rejects Diesel Settlement and Sues VW, Audi, and Porsche"
A German newspaper says Volkswagen has been cheating again.
This time using unapproved software on its 3-liter diesels. Oh, wünderbar.
"The programs are allegedly used to shut off nitrogen oxide emissions controls after 22 minutes, about two minutes longer than the 20 minutes it takes to perform a typical emissions test. If true, emissions regulators would see normal emissions levels on test machines, then after about 22 minutes the emissions levels will shoot up."…keep reading article "VW Caught Cheating Again?"
Hey emission-wagön owners, VW has setup a special website just for you and the whole thing is ... rather complex.
There are a good amount of details available now, but those could change up until the final settlement. VW promised to have the final calculations automated on VWCourtSettlement.com by the end of the month.…keep reading article "Now There's a Website with Diesel Settlement Details"
The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have rejected Volkswagen's plan to fix the 500,000 diesel vehicles that contain defeat devices.
They also don't buy that VW didn't lie, like the CEO insists.
keep reading article "EPA Rejects VW’s Proposed Diesel Fix"
"“They [Volkswagen] continued and compounded the lie and when they were caught they tried to deny it. The result is thousands of tons of nitrogen oxide that have harmed the health of Californians. They need to make it right. Today's action is a step in the direction of assuring that will happen." - CARB"
More VW and Audi emissions recalls will be needed now that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has hit the company with a second notice of Clean Air violations.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, no seriously --- what the heck were you guys thinking?…keep reading article "VW and Audi Busted by EPA. Again."
aking in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, VW USA CEO, Michael Horn, didn't have much good news to share.keep reading article "VW USA Says it Will Take Years to Fix Diesel Audis, VWs"
Horn said he believes each vehicle will require 5 to 10 hours of work to bring the cars legal according to the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, Mr. Horn said it's possible repairs on the cars could cost more than the value of the cars.…
A class-action lawsuit has been filed in California saying VW wouldn't have been able to sell a single vehicle in the US without their defeat devices.
The suit claims Volkswagen and Audi have violated California's Unfair Competition Law and is particularly upset about the brash "clean diesel" campaign that fooled consumers.…keep reading article "California Lawsuit Filed Against VW over ‘Clean Diesels'"
Volkswagen, parent company of Audi, has been caught cheating EPA rules by a team of researchers.
The company used a "defeat device" to get around EPA emissions standards for air pollution.
"The EPA says the "defeat device" is sophisticated software on VW cars that detects when the car is going through official emissions testing. When the software recognizes an official test is underway, it turns on full emissions controls to make it appear the emission standards are within the rules. Once the official tests are completed, the emission controls are decreased during normal driving."…keep reading article "Uh Oh. VW (and Audi) Caught Cheating on Diesel Emissions"