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Volkswagen Group Australia announces voluntary recall of 61,000 vehicles for diesel software fix

Volkswagen Group Australia (VGA) has announced it will initiate a voluntary recall of a further 61,000 Volkswagen and Skoda models affected in the emissions test-cheating scandal that came into public view around one year ago...

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Volkswagen to withdraw diesels from US market, Mercedes-Benz could follow - report
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Volkswagen to withdraw diesels from US market, Mercedes-Benz could follow - report

Volkswagen will not offer new diesel models in the US, the company's brand chief has announced this week, ahead of more stringent regulations that will come into effect by the end of the decade. German newspaper Handelblatt reports that the automotive giant has made the decision to withdraw its diesel offerings, contrary to previous reports that Volkswagen executives indicated TDI models may come back to the States for the one or two years leading up to the new, stricter diesel laws...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Audi CO2 emissions testing cheat device found in some transmissions - report
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Audi CO2 emissions testing cheat device found in some transmissions - report

Some popular Audi vehicles sold in the US feature a newly discovered emissions testing defeat device, a report in the German media claims. According to Bild am Sonntag, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has found software lurking with the automatic transmissions bearing the internal code AL55 and used with the company's V6 engines...


Volkswagen: Dieselgate defeat device legal in EU, NOx isn't harmful
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Volkswagen: Dieselgate defeat device legal in EU, NOx isn't harmful

Volkswagen has responded to the rising political, social and, potentially, legal pressure that's been building on it to compensate European owners of cars fitted emissions testing defeat devices. In a statement to Reuters, the company stated: "The software contained in vehicles with a EA189 engine in the view of Volkswagen represents no unlawful defeat device under European law...


Volkswagen's $19.3 billion Dieselgate settlement approved by US judge
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Volkswagen's $19.3 billion Dieselgate settlement approved by US judge

The Volkswagen Group's US$14.7 billion ($19.3 billion) Dieselgate settlement with various US authorities, including the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, has been formally approved by US District Judge Charles Breyer. In a statement, Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen America, said: "Final approval of the 2...


Audi to drop MLB longitudinal engine platform as part of Dieselgate cost cuts - reports
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Audi to drop MLB longitudinal engine platform as part of Dieselgate cost cuts - reports

Audi will reportedly dramatically cut its research and development budget as part of cost savings brought about by the Dieselgate saga, and this includes an end to development of the company's signature longitudinal engine platform...


Volkswagen Group won't sell brands to cover Dieselgate costs
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Volkswagen Group won't sell brands to cover Dieselgate costs

The chairman of the Volkswagen Group has denied the company is planning to sell off some of its brands to help pay for costs related to the Dieselgate emissions cheating saga. According to Reuters, Hans Dieter Poetsch, chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board, has told Boersen-Zeitung that the company is "not thinking of selling parts of our brands"...


Volkswagen diesel emissions saga: Company claims its culture has changed, as EV focus intensifies
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Volkswagen diesel emissions saga: Company claims its culture has changed, as EV focus intensifies

Volkswagen says the diesel emissions scandal that has savaged the company over the past year has been a catalyst for greatly-needed internal change, and fast-tracked its drive to be the undisputed world leader in electric cars...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


ACCC taking Volkswagen Australia to Federal Court over diesel emissions
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ACCC taking Volkswagen Australia to Federal Court over diesel emissions

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched proceedings against Volkswagen AG and its Australian subsidiary in the Federal Court, alleging misleading or deceptive conduct in regards to the emissions from its diesel-powered vehicles...


Volkswagen and Australia’s motoring clubs go to war
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Volkswagen and Australia’s motoring clubs go to war

Volkswagen Australia and the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) have embarked on a series of heated public exchanges, catalysed by the latter’s recently announced real-world emissions testing program...


AAA to test real-world vehicle emissions in Australia
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AAA to test real-world vehicle emissions in Australia

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has announced it will test some of the country’s top-selling vehicles for real-world emissions, as first reported in December. Following Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ scandal and allegations that other manufacturers have cheated in emissions tests, the AAA is investing $500,000 to conduct an on-road emissions testing pilot of around 30 vehicles currently on sale in Australia...


80 Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley models banned in South Korea
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80 Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley models banned in South Korea

South Korean authorities have revoked the certification of, and recalled, 80 Volkswagen, Audi and Bentley models currently or previously on-sale due to falsified emissions and noise test data. An executive of Audi Volkswagen South Korea has already been charged with falsifying 140 documents related to emissions and noise certification...


Volkswagen Dieselgate cheating stretched back to 1999, US states claim
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Volkswagen Dieselgate cheating stretched back to 1999, US states claim

In new litigation this week, three US states have accused Volkswagen of trying to cheat its way past diesel emissions testing since 1999. The attorney generals of New York, Maryland and Massachusetts have filed new lawsuits with evidence stating that Volkswagen has been working on emissions testing defeat devices since 1999...


Volkswagen diesel class action back in Australia's Federal Court
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Volkswagen diesel class action back in Australia's Federal Court

Volkswagen will return to the Federal Court in Sydney this Thursday morning, July 7, over the defeat-device diesel emissions saga. Email updates were sent out today from firms Bannister Law and Maurice Blackburn, which are undertaking ‘no win, no fee’ open class action suits against the German car-maker, including the Audi and Skoda divisions...


Bullish Volkswagen Australia claims buyers "not being swayed by sensationalism" on diesel
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Bullish Volkswagen Australia claims buyers "not being swayed by sensationalism" on diesel

Volkswagen Australia managing director Michael Bartsch jumped firmly onto the front foot this morning, contending that strong sales of its diesel-dominated van and ute range in June was another example of buyers “not being swayed by sensationalism” regarding Dieselgate...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 10: Tesla tragedy, Panamera unveiled, Alaskan revealed, Dieselgate discussed, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 10: Tesla tragedy, Panamera unveiled, Alaskan revealed, Dieselgate discussed, and much more

Welcome to episode 10 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric and Mandy Turner hold the fort on their own, exploring the latest news and reviews from CarAdvice across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 1
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 1

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Volkswagen Group Australia: critics "ignoring polar differences" in regional Dieselgate cases
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Volkswagen Group Australia: critics "ignoring polar differences" in regional Dieselgate cases

The managing director of Volkswagen Group Australia, Michael Bartsch, said today that key differences in regional laws and regulations, in relation to the ongoing 'dieselgate' scandal, are being ignored. Speaking today after news of a massive $20 billion settlement with Volkswagen owners and government departments in the United States, Bartsch said: “It is regrettable that interested parties ignore the polar differences between emission regulations in the United States and Australia...