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Where Are the Diesels? You Have to Look Hard at Frankfurt Motor Show

They're still there...but you have to look for them.

by on Sep.13, 2017

BMW's unveiling of its electrified vehicle line-up highlighted the lack of diesels at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

For most of the past two decades, the Frankfurt Motor Show might have been described as the Diesel Motor Show, manufacturers spending much of the biennial event’s press days talking about the virtues of what they heralded as “clean diesel.”

As this year’s Frankfurt media preview draws to a close, however, one couldn’t help but notice the lack of diesels on the floor of the sprawling convention complex. And, when a manufacturer did bring up the subject of diesels it was, as likely as not, in some form of an apology.

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That’s largely the result of the ongoing scandal triggered by the revelation, almost exactly two years ago, that Volkswagen had crafted a way to cheat on emissions tests for 11 million diesel engines. Since then, other automakers have faced accusations, in both the U.S. and Europe, of using similar “defeat devices” to deceive regulators. (more…)

UK Latest to Lay Out Ban on Gas, Diesel Vehicles

U.K. Conservatives act even as U.S. set to roll back mileage rules.

by on Jul.26, 2017

By 2040, London's streets will be home to nothing but Nissan Leaf's and other electric vehicles.

The United Kingdom will halt sales of new vehicles with diesel and gasoline engines by 2040 as a way to fight pollution, government officials have announced.

The U.K. is set to become the latest country to make such a move, joining nations as diverse as India and Norway, with several other countries considering similar bans. The action by the Conservative government of Prime Minister Theresa May comes even as Republican U.S. President Donald Trump’s Administration is reportedly set to roll back strict mileage rules set to phase in between now and 2025.

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Michael Gove, the British environmental minister, told BBC Radio that “we are confirming that that means there should be no new diesel or petrol vehicles by 2040.” (more…)

Daimler Accused of Selling More Than 1M Cars With Illegal Defeat Devices

Company's stock takes heavy hit as a result.

by on Jul.13, 2017

Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz parent, stands accused of selling more than 1 million diesel-powered cars equipped with a cheating device.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG appears to be the latest automaker to face accusations of rigging vehicles with “defeat device” technology in order to illegally pass emissions tests, according to a major German newspaper.

The report, by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, sent shares of the automakers skidding in European trading on Thursday, though several industry analysts now say they don’t expect the report – if accurate to trigger the sort of massive blow to Daimler that was felt by Volkswagen AG. VW has so far spent about $30 billion as a result of its own diesel emissions scandal, while also having to repair or buy back as many as 11 million vehicles.

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According to the report, vehicles with excess emissions were sold in Europe and the United States between 2008 and 2016. Notably, Mercedes chose to withdraw its diesel models from the U.S. market this year rather than trying to get their emissions certified. (more…)

Judge Ready to Name Feinberg to Oversee FCA Diesel Settlement

Fiat Chrysler working on software to correct emissions problem.

by on Jul.10, 2017

Kenneth Feinberg is expected to help deliver a settlement in FCA's diesel emission lawsuits.

In an attempt to move lawsuits filed against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV for alleged excess diesel emissions closer to a settlement, a federal judge announced his plan to appoint Kenneth Feinberg settlement master.

Fiat Chrysler hasn’t been found guilty of any charges yet, but that hasn’t stemmed a swell of lawsuits against the company over the matter. The affected vehicles include 104,000 Ram 1500 EcoDiesels and Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2014-2016.

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Feinberg is a well-known compensation expert, especially within the automotive industry as he oversaw General Motors compensation fund for victims and families of owners of GM cars with faulty ignition systems. (more…)

Toyota Rules Out Using Diesel Hybrids

Maker avoids diesels despite ability to improve mileage.

by on Jun.23, 2017

Toyota isn't to be producing any hybrids using a diesel engine any time the near term, an executive said.

Skepticism of diesel engines runs deep among carmakers and governments in East Asia, where the influential automakers in South Korea, Japan and China have avoided major investments in diesel power because of concerns about costs, pollution and public health.

Even European companies, such as Volkswagen AG and the French company PSA, have elected to limit the use of diesel engines in the Chinese market.

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A Toyota Motor executive this week ruled out the possibility of rolling out hybrid models powered by diesel engines in the near future.  (more…)

VW CEO Mueller Target of Criminal Probe

Despite concerns about role in diesel scandal, Audi CEO Stadler gets new contract.

by on May.17, 2017

VW CEO Matthias Mueller his now at the center of an investigation by German prosecutors over the ongoing diesel emissions scandal.

Already focused on a number of former Volkswagen employees, German prosecutors today said they are also investigating the possible role CEO Matthias Mueller may have played in the attempt to cover up VW’s diesel emissions scandal.

Specifically, Mueller and at least two others may have failed to properly informed regulators and investors soon enough once they learned that Volkswagen engineers had developed a so-called defeat device in an attempt to fool diesel vehicle emissions tests.

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Even while the probe expands, however, news reports from Germany indicate Rupert Stadler, the CEO of VW’s Audi luxury brand, will have his contract extended five years. Though well-rated for his handling of Audi overall, Stadler has come under fire for his own, alleged role in the diesel scandal. (more…)

VW’s Mueller Under Investigation Over Diesel Scandal

Move comes from his time as head of Porsche.

by on May.10, 2017

VW CEO Matthias Mueller is under investigation over his role in VW's diesel scandal while he led Porsche.

Volkswagen’s woes related to its diesel scandal continue as Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller is now under investigation in Germany.

Prosecutors are investigating the possibility that he did not fully disclose details of the company’s emissions scandal to investors, according to multiple reports.

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Until now, Mueller managed to remain above the diesel investigatory fray. Other VW executives, most notably former CEO Martin Winterkorn, who denied any involvement, but resigned anyway, have been caught up in the churn of queries over the 2015 emissions scandal. (more…)

Daimler Calls It Quits on U.S. Diesels for 2017

Company hasn’t decided if it will pull diesels long-term.

by on May.10, 2017

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec is one a number of different Daimler diesels that won't be coming to America.

Volkswagen’s leaders reiterated today that the automaker’s future in the U.S. doesn’t include diesel engines, and Daimler AG’s leadership is following a similar path.

The company’s automotive unit, Mercedes-Benz, ended its attempted to get its diesel engines certified for sale in the U.S. for 2017. However, unlike VW, it hasn’t made a decision about its long-term plans for diesels in America.

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“We constantly review our portfolio offerings and make adjustments to meet immediate customer need,” Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran said in an email to Reuters. “Combined with the increased effort to certify diesel engines in the US, we have put the certification process for diesel passenger cars on hold.” (more…)

VW Gets EPA Approval to Sell Off Remaining 2015 Diesels

German maker reaches agreement with 10 states over enviro claims.

by on Mar.30, 2017

Volkswagen can now sell the "new" diesels that have sitting in limbo since the EPA ordered them to stop selling the vehicles in fall 2015.

Volkswagen has reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency that will allow it to sell off about 67,000 diesel vehicles that have been in limbo since the EPA accused the German maker of cheating on emissions tests in September 2015.

The EPA previously approved a fix for about 70,000 VW diesel vehicles already in consumer hands. But the carmaker will still have to repurchase roughly 500,000 vehicles using its 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel engines that cannot be brought into compliance with Clear Air Act standards.

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Separately, VW on Thursday said that it had reached an agreement with 10 states about environmental and consumer claims related to the diesel emissions scandal. The deal will cost the maker an estimated $157.45 million, but in a statement, VW said, it “avoids further prolonged and costly litigation,” and will let the carmaker “work to earn back the trust of its customers, regulators and the public.” (more…)

Volkswagen Pleads Guilty to Three Felony Counts in Diesel Scandal

Judge agrees to consider motion from owners.

by on Mar.10, 2017

Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felony counts in U.S. District Court in Detroit today.

This story has been updated with new information.

Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to three felony counts in U.S. District court in Detroit as part of a $4.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice.

The guilty pleas were a first for VW, which had never pleaded guilty to any criminal charges before — ever, according to VW officials.

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“Your honor, VW AG is pleading guilty to all three counts because it is guilty on all three counts,” said VW general counsel Manfred Doess while entering plea on the company’s behalf. He flew from Germany to Detroit for the trial. (more…)

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