VW settles Dieselgate lawsuit before trial

27 Feb
Consumer Reports tests 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in 'cheat mode,' October 2015 [video frame]Volkswagen AG last week reached an agreement with more than 300 diesel car owners just days before what was expected to be a high-profile trial over the automaker's excessive diesel emissions. Reuters reported that Volkswagen reached a settlement Friday with David Doar, a North Carolina man, and roughly 300 other owners who joined his lawsuit...

Diesel is dead at Porsche

22 Feb
2018 Porsche MacanFor the past few years, it has been impossible to find a new diesel-fueled Porsche on dealer lots in the U.S. Soon, it will be impossible to find one anywhere in the world. Speaking with Britain's Autocar magazine, a Porsche spokesman cited the “cultural shift” of its customer base as the reason that the German automaker is...

Officials give OK to fix some VW, Porsche, Audi dieselgate SUVs

23 Oct
2015 Porsche CayenneFederal and California state environmental officials announced Monday that roughly 38,000 Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen SUVs can be updated to be compliant with emissions, nearly two years after the automaker admitted it had cheated with an illegal "defeat device." The EPA and California Air Resources Board sent a letter to VW on Friday approving...

Greenpeace boards ship to keep VW diesels out of UK

25 Sep
Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, WashingtonLast week, dozens of members of environmental activist group Greenpeace descended on a port in Kent, England, intent on preventing Volkswagen from importing more than 1,000 diesel-fueled vehicles into the UK. Forty people entered the port’s import lot and removed “thousands of keys,” in an attempt to prevent the vehicles from...

Volkswagen faces new round of Dieselgate lawsuits

5 Sep
Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencapCourts in Europe have so far spared Volkswagen from steep compensation payments to owners of vehicles implicated in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal, unlike in the United States. The carmaker is far from out of the proverbial woods, however, as a new wave of lawsuits will soon be filed, according to German consumer advocate myRight. With...

Diesel deathwatch: No one wants diesels in Germany, either

25 Aug
2011 Volkswagen Golf TDIGermans have had a long, lusty love affair with diesels. While motorists in some parts of the world have largely ignored diesel vehicles (looking at you, America), in Germany, consumers have snapped them up as quickly as homegrown companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz could turn them out. But not anymore. New reports indicate that $5.3 billion...

Audi engineer implicates top brass in Dieselgate coverup

24 Aug
2017 Audi SQ7 TDIIn the U.S., Volkswagen's Dieselgate drama has been largely resolved, but in Germany, the plot is thickening as a formal investigation uncovers more details about the company's wrongdoing. Most recently, a former Audi engineer has confessed that top Volkswagen officials knew about the company's emissions cheating scam long before it made headlines...

EPA approves fix for 326,000 VW diesels, but will owners take it?

28 Jul
Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencapIf you live in the U.S. and you own one of the 475,000 or so 2.0-liter Audi or VW diesels affected by the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, we have good news and bad news. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: your car can probably be fixed. The Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have approved a repair...

Porsche may stop making diesels (but Audi is doubling down)

21 Jul
Porsche Panamera DieselThe four horsemen of the Diesel Apocalypse are saddling up. The signs are everywhere: Studies show that diesel emissions are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year; Automakers and suppliers the world over are being sued for not complying with clean-air laws; and, Many countries are planning to outlaw diesels (as well as gas-powered...