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Porsche Fined $598 Million for its Role in the ‘Dieselgate’ Emissions Scandal

Porsche Fined $598 Million for its Role in the ‘Dieselgate’ Emissions Scandal

German automaker Volkswagen Group is eager to put the dieselgate scandal behind it and move on. However German prosecutors continue to levy fines against the automaker's subsidiaries for their role in the emissions cheating scandal nearly four years ago.

FutureCar Staff 2019-05-07 18:40 PT

Daimler, Volkswagen & BMW Face Big Fines After Being Charged With Emissions Collusion

Daimler, Volkswagen & BMW Face Big Fines After Being Charged With Emissions Collusion

The European Union (EU) said German automaker Volkswagen along with Daimler and BMW broke antitrust rules by acting together to delay the introduction of two emission cleaning systems between 2006 and 2014. The emission reducing technology would have lowered harmful emissions if installed in production vehicles.

FutureCar Staff 2019-04-05 18:53 PT

Volkswagen CEO Says Software Will Be the Next Innovation in the Auto Industry

Volkswagen CEO Says Software Will Be the Next Innovation in the Auto Industry

In the future, software will become the heart of a vehicle, according to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Deiss. Speaking at Volkswagen’s annual press conference in Wolfsburg, the VW CEO said that “Software will account for 90 percent of future innovations in the car.”

Eric Walz2019-03-12 17:30 PT

Electrify America is Buying Powerpacks From Tesla for Select EV Charging Sites

Electrify America is Buying Powerpacks From Tesla for Select EV Charging Sites

Volkswagen’s Electrify America said on Monday it will install Tesla battery storage packs at 100 of its charging stations across the United States. For EV owners, the move is designed to help lower the costs for charging their vehicles.

FutureCar Staff 2019-02-04 19:34 PT

U.S. Grand Jury Indicts 4 Audi Managers Over ‘Dieselgate’ Scandal

U.S. Grand Jury Indicts 4 Audi Managers Over ‘Dieselgate’ Scandal

A federal grand jury handed down indictments to four managers at luxury automaker Audi for their role in the “dieselgate” scandal. All of the managers worked in Audi’s engine development division and are accused of tampering with engine control software to mask excessive emissions from Audi and Volkswagen vehicles

FutureCar Staff 2019-01-18 15:03 PT

VW Says its Next-Generation Gas & Diesel-Powered Vehicles Will Be its Last

VW Says its Next-Generation Gas & Diesel-Powered Vehicles Will Be its Last

Volkswagen is reinforcing its commitment to a future of just electric vehicles. The German automaker announced that its next generation gas powered and diesel engine vehicles will be its last, as the company transitions to building only electric models.

Eric Walz2018-12-04 17:08 PT

German Automaker Audi Fined $927 Million for Diesel Emission Violations

German Automaker Audi Fined $927 Million for Diesel Emission Violations

German premium car brand Audi, a division of Volkswagen, said it was fined 800 million euros ($927 million) on Tuesday for emission violations tied to its six and eight-cylinder diesel engines. The massive fine is expected to cut into the company’s profits for 2018.

FutureCar Staff 2018-10-16 18:32 PT

Porsche to End Diesel Production, Says its Future Will Be ‘Diesel-Free’

Porsche to End Diesel Production, Says its Future Will Be ‘Diesel-Free’

As Porsche AG prepares to make the switch to hybrid and electric models, the German automaker announced it would end production of all diesel-powered vehicles. Porsche says its decision was partly based on the falling demand for diesel-powered cars industry-wide.

FutureCar Staff 2018-09-24 15:21 PT

EVgo to Add 100’s More Public DC Fast Chargers in California by the End of 2018

EVgo to Add 100’s More Public DC Fast Chargers in California by the End of 2018

EVgo, which operates the largest public fast charging network in the U.S., announced that it has accelerated construction of EV chargers and will add hundreds more DC fast chargers this year in California alone. The state of California accounts for over half of all electric vehicle sales in the U.S.

Eric Walz2018-09-21 11:33 PT

Volkswagen Reveals its MEB Platform for its New Line of Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen Reveals its MEB Platform for its New Line of Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen premiered its new MEB (modular electrification kit) electric vehicle platform yesterday in Frankfurt. The platform will be the foundation for 27 new fully-electric models the automaker plans to build. Volkswagen plans to build up to 10 million cars using the modular architecture.

Eric Walz2018-09-18 11:54 PT

Volkswagen to End Production of the Iconic Beetle Next Year

Volkswagen to End Production of the Iconic Beetle Next Year

Volkswagen announced on Thursday that it will stop producing one of the the world’s most recognizable cars—the Beetle. The iconic car is associated with the Volkswagen brand and a enduring symbol of 1960’s counterculture. VW said it would end production of the rounded compact car in 2019.

Eric Walz2018-09-14 17:09 PT

BMW to Discontinue All Diesel Models in the U.S. by 2019

BMW to Discontinue All Diesel Models in the U.S. by 2019

German automaker BMW is making the shift towards battery-powered technology and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). A spokesman for the automaker said the company will discontinue all diesel models for the U.S. market by 2019.

Eric Walz2018-09-11 16:21 PT

German Automakers Looking to Outside Sources to Meet Demand for EV Batteries

German Automakers Looking to Outside Sources to Meet Demand for EV Batteries

German automakers, including Volkswagen and BMW, are fearful that the country may not have sufficient production facilities to meet the demand for electric vehicle battery cells, as the country’s major automakers make plans electrify their model lineups.

Eric Walz2018-07-09 11:00 PT

Ford in Talks with Volkswagen on a Possible Truck Partnership

Ford in Talks with Volkswagen on a Possible Truck Partnership

Ford Motor Co. is exploring an alliance with Germany's Volkswagen AG in a deal that could include co-developing vans or commercial vehicles.

Jacky Ho2018-06-19 18:46 PT

Audi CEO Arrested in Germany Over Dieselgate Scandal

Audi CEO Arrested in Germany Over Dieselgate Scandal

The fallout from the diesel emission scandal continues to rock the Volkswagen and Audi brands. German police arrested the CEO of Audi, Rupert Stadler on Monday in connection with the ongoing investigation into Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal.

Eric Walz2018-06-18 13:14 PT

Audi Plans to Sell 800,000 EVs and Hybrid Cars by 2025

Audi Plans to Sell 800,000 EVs and Hybrid Cars by 2025

German automaker Audi announced its ambitious goals of selling 800,000 hybrid and electric vehicles by 2025. The company is looking to put the dieselgate scandal behind it and gain ground on electric carmaker Tesla in the premium electric vehicle category.

Jeremy Carlton2018-05-09 18:11 PT

VW Investing $18 Billion into Chinese Joint Ventures for Automotive Technology

VW Investing $18 Billion into Chinese Joint Ventures for Automotive Technology

Volkswagen AG’s world-leading development budget is allocating billions more to its Chinese joint ventures, as the German carmaker seeks a competitive edge in producing battery-powered, autonomous vehicles with its Chinese partners.

Eric Walz2018-04-24 13:07 PT

Volkswagen Offers to Buy Back Diesel Vehicles if German Cities Ban Them

Volkswagen Offers to Buy Back Diesel Vehicles if German Cities Ban Them

​Last month, a German court ruled that cities can ban diesel powered vehicles within their boundaries in an effort to curb pollution. Now Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest automaker, has reassured buyers of new diesel vehicle that if such a ban takes place, the company will buy the vehicles back.

Eric Walz2018-03-29 13:23 PT