Volkswagen turns down judge’s call to settle German class action on emissions

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Volkswagen this week rejected a German judge’s call to settle a customer class action lawsuit that concerns its rigging of diesel emissions tests, stating there was no case to answer. VW admitted utilizing illegal software to cheat U.S. diesel engine tests in 2015, a scandal which has cost it over $30 billion in vehicle refits, […]

BMW is not interested in settling EU cartel investigations

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German automaker BMW has no interest in settling an investigations by the European Union antitrust officials against the company and other German automakers, German magazine WirtschaftsWoche reported on Friday, mentioning company sources. In April, EU cartel regulators had charged BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen for colluding to block the rollout of cleaner emissions technology from 2006 […]

Jaguar Land Rover to halt output at UK factories for a week in November

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Britain’s biggest automaker, Jaguar Land Rover, will stop production at its British factories for a week in November, its boss stated, joining BMW and Toyota in plans to help reduce any immediate disruption from a no-deal Brexit. The industry, Britain’s biggest exporter of goods, has frequently expressed its concerns that a disorderly departure from the […]

Ford self-driving cars to be introduced in Austin in 2021

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Ford Motor stated on Wednesday it will include Austin, Texas, to the short list of cities where it prepares to start a commercial transportation service utilizing automated vehicles in 2021. The U.S. automaker earlier stated it would start transporting people and goods in automated vehicles in Miami and Washington. Ford’s self-driving system, currently being tested […]

Volkswagen CEO, chairman to stay in office regardless of charges

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Volkswagen’s CEO and chairman will continue to stay in office, the company’s supervisory board stated on Wednesday, a day after German prosecutors brought charges against them for their role in a diesel emissions scandal. The automaker’s supervisory board has not found any evidence that CEO Herbert Diess and Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch were really late […]

Volkswagen considers bringing ride-hailing services to African roadblocks

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Volkswagen’s Africa boss Thomas Schaefer is placing a $50 million bet on a new business built around ride-hailing and car-sharing in Africa. VW is using Rwanda as its laboratory. “It was almost an industrial experiment,” Schaefer informed Reuters. The German automaker’s project was released with some fanfare last December in Kigali – the capital and […]

Ford recalls 322,000 cars due to battery fire risk

Ford is recalling about 322,000 cars whose batteries could catch fire because of acid leakage, trade publication kfz-betrieb reported on Monday, mentioning Germany’s KBA federal motor authority. According to the report, the recall covers Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy vehicles made between Feb. 13, 2014 and Feb. 11, 2019, including about 101,000 cars were affected in […]

Tesla takes on Porsche with battle on toughest circuit of Germany

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Tesla TSLA aims to take away Porsche’s bragging rights by testing its Model S on the northern loop of Germany’s Nuerburgring circuit, using a marketing tool that German automakers have long used to tout the superiority of their items. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport recently published photographs of a Tesla with “100D+” markings on the […]