Court strikes down ruling forcing Volkswagen to pay Czech consumers damages

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The Prague City Court ruled on Thursday to strike down an order for Volkswagen to pay Czech consumers over 500 million crowns ($21.27 million) in damages for the Dieselgate affair, news website www.idnes.cz reported. It stated the court invalidated a lower court decision on procedural grounds and sent the case back to the lower court […]

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 […]

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 […]

Volkswagen to deepen alliances with battery suppliers

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Volkswagen is going to create joint ventures and help finance battery production to persuade skeptical cell providers to back its aggressive push for mass-producing electric vehicles, board member Stefan Sommer informed Reuters. VW has stated it will purchase 50 billion euros ($56.57 billion) worth of battery cells and has identified Sweden’s Northvolt, South Korea’s SKI, […]

France is looking for a ‘reasonably favorably’ on Renault/Fiat deal

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The French government is looking “reasonably favorably” on a proposed merger deal between Italian automaker Fiat and French peer Renault, stated government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye on Monday. “It’s a project that we are looking on in a reasonably favorable light,” Ndiaye informed BFM TV. “Of course we have to look at the conditions under that […]