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Volkswagen and former CEO sued by SEC over Dieselgate

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have filed a civil complaint against Volkswagen and Martin Winterkorn, its former CEO, for their role in issuing bonds while the company was trying to conceal the fact it had been selling vehicles with diesel emissions many times above legal levels...

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Seat Leon Cupra R ST revealed for Europe
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Seat Leon Cupra R ST revealed for Europe

Seat, Spanish subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, has unveiled an exclusive version of its small sports wagon, named the Leon Cupra R ST. Limited to 150 units in the UK, the Leon Cupra R ST is essentially a twin-under-the-skin to the Volkswagen Golf R wagon, powered by a 220kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine hooked up to a seven-speed DSG automatic and 4Drive all-wheel drive...


Volkswagen Group now planning to launch 70 electric cars by 2028, up from 50
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Volkswagen Group now planning to launch 70 electric cars by 2028, up from 50

Volkswagen Group's leadership has announced a ramping up of its already ambitious electric vehicle plans at its 2019 annual press conference. The German automaker now plans to launch 70 new electric cars by 2028, up from the 50 it had previously committed to. It now predicts it will make 22 million electric vehicles in the next decade, up from the previous forecast of 15 million...


Seat el-Born concept unveiled
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Seat el-Born concept unveiled

The Seat el-Born concept has been revealed ahead of its full debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show, which takes place next week, and looks almost ready for production. Equipped with a 62kWh battery pack, the el-Born has an estimated driving range of 420 kilometres based on the WLTP cycle. Using a compatible 100kW DC fast charger, the el-Born's battery can be topped up to 80 per cent within 47 minutes...


CR-V, G-Class, Tarraco score five stars in Euro NCAP testing
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CR-V, G-Class, Tarraco score five stars in Euro NCAP testing

Euro NCAP has released the latest round of safety ratings this week, with the new Honda CR-V, Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Seat Tarraco all scoring top marks. All three vehicles were tested against the firm's latest 2019 criteria, each achieving at least 90 per cent for adult occupant protection and 80 per cent for child occupants...


Seat Minimo concept unveiled
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Seat Minimo concept unveiled

The Seat Minimo has made its debut at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and will eventually enter same the market niche as the Renault Twizy. Justifying the car's launch alongside the latest round of smartphones, the Minimo is fitted with a Digital Access key, 5G mobile connectivity, and wireless Android Auto support. The Minimo is just 2...


Cupra teases its first standalone model
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Cupra teases its first standalone model

Seat has teased a new Cupra concept car, which will be unveiled on February 22, European time. The debut of the new concept is timed to coincide with the brand's first anniversary as a standalone marque. Few details have been confirmed about the new car, although the company says it "mixes the benefits of a performance car and an SUV"...


Seat concept teased ahead of Mobile World Congress debut
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Seat concept teased ahead of Mobile World Congress debut

While new smartphones will make most of the headlines at Mobile World Congress 2019, Seat will be using the gathering to unveil a new "mobility platform" concept car. Details about the car are thin on the ground right now, with the company stating the concept will make a "difference in Seat's urban micromobility strategy"...


Dieselgate: Four Audi managers indicted
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Dieselgate: Four Audi managers indicted

A US federal grand jury last week indicted four senior managers — Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel — for their role in developing and covering up the emissions testing defeat device fitted to the Audi-designed 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine. All four held senior management positions at Audi's diesel design centres in Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt, Germany...


Fiat Chrysler to settle US diesel emissions cases for $1.1 billion
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Fiat Chrysler to settle US diesel emissions cases for $1.1 billion

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will pay out roughly US$800 million ($1.1 billion) in fines, fixes and compensation to settle claims some of its diesel engines cheated their way past emissions regulations. The company had been accused of using an emissions-testing defeat device, like the one used employed by the Volkswagen Group in its Dieselgate engines, which could detect when a car was undergoing bench-testing and alter its operation to emit a legal quantity of pollutants...


Bentley told to become profitable within two years
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Bentley told to become profitable within two years

Bentley has been told by two of the Volkswagen Group's main shareholders it needs to stop the flow of red ink, although it's not clear what will happen if it misses the target. The call was made by the Porsche and Piech families, who not only own a significant portion of the company's voting stock, but also have two seats on its supervisory board...


Bram Schot is Audi's new CEO
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Bram Schot is Audi's new CEO

Audi has formally appointed Bram Schot as permanent CEO, a role he was given on an interim-basis after the arrest of previous CEO Rupert Stadler. In announcing the appointment, Herbert Diess, head of the Volkswagen Group, said Schot had done a "convincing job in recent months... [in] pushing forward with the cultural change in his team and is effectively tackling the current challenges"...


Volkswagen sold up to 17,000 pre-production prototypes to consumers
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Volkswagen sold up to 17,000 pre-production prototypes to consumers

Volkswagen reportedly sold between 6700 and 17,000 pre-production vehicles to unsuspecting buyers in Europe and the US. The company illegally sold at least 6700 pre-production vehicles between 2006 and 2018, a Volkswagen spokesperson has confirmed to Handelsblatt. These vehicles were made for development, testing and other purposes and were not approved for general use, and in some cases should have been scrapped...


Volkswagen: Next-gen platforms will be the last designed for petrol, diesel engines
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Volkswagen: Next-gen platforms will be the last designed for petrol, diesel engines

At Volkswagen Group, the next generation of flexible component sets will be the last engineered for internal combustion engines. According to Automotive News, Michael Jost, head of strategy for the Volkswagen brand, told an industry conference in Germany “our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren’t CO2 neutral"...


Cupra: Seven new models by 2021 - report
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Cupra: Seven new models by 2021 - report

Cupra, the newly spun-off performance division of Spanish manufacturer Seat, is planning an extensive model rollout in the coming years – according to a new report. Spanish publication Periodismodel Motor claims the go-fast sub-brand intends to launch an additional seven models before 2021, joining the current Cupra Ateca SUV...


2019 Seat Tarraco revealed
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2019 Seat Tarraco revealed

The Seat Tarraco has been revealed, standing tall above the Ateca and Arona as the Spanish brand's first entry into the large SUV segment. Essentially Seat's take on the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, the Tarraco is based on the Volkswagen Group's ubiquitous MQB architecture, and also debuts the brand's new design language...


Cupra Arona coming in 2020 - report
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Cupra Arona coming in 2020 - report

The Seat Arona looks set to be the next model in the Spanish brand's line-up to be fettled by its new Cupra performance sub-brand – according to a new report. Spain's Motor.es claims the hotted-up crossover is scheduled for release in 2020 as a 2021 model, around the same time the Arona will go through a mid-life refresh...


Seat wants to be Alfa-equivalent for younger buyers
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Seat wants to be Alfa-equivalent for younger buyers

Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, says the Seat brand will be positioned as the group's sporty mainstream brand. As part of a move by Diess to reduce internal competition between the Volkswagen Group's non-luxury brands, Seat will be a sporty complement to the value-focused Skoda marque...


Seat Arona, Ibiza get Digital Cockpit
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Seat Arona, Ibiza get Digital Cockpit

Seat has debuted its new 'Digital Cockpit' on the Arona crossover and Ibiza hatchback this week. Measuring 10.25 inches, the optional Seat Digital Cockpit "not only has a more modern and versatile design, but provides greater functionality, allowing drivers to view everything from classic information found on analogue dials, such as speedometer and tachometer, to full-colour maps and navigation"...


Seat Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition revealed for the UK
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Seat Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition revealed for the UK

Seat has revealed the Leon ST Cupra Carbon Edition for the UK, sporting unique enhancements over the 'standard' hot wagon on which it's based. Limited to just 50 units in Britain, the Carbon Edition draws upon the 300PS (221kW) all-wheel drive Leon ST Cupra wagon – itself based on the hi-po Volkswagen Golf R – and adds niceties like carbon-fibre finishes for the side blades along with the front and rear bumpers...