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US government proposes more lenient fuel economy targets

The USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released new draft fuel economy targets, dubbed the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule...

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Genesis G70 to get manual option
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Genesis G70 to get manual option

The upcoming Genesis G70 will get a six-speed manual option with the entry-level 2.0-litre turbo in the United States, but don't expect to see it Down Under. Earlier this week Car and Driver noticed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed fuel economy figures for all G70 variants – and their findings included 2.0-litre and 3...


Fiat Chrysler, owners and US government nearing diesel solution
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Fiat Chrysler, owners and US government nearing diesel solution

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has entered talks with diesel owners and the US Department of Justice, as the parties near settlement over cars fitted with emissions defeat devices. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a lawsuit against FCA in May this year, arguing the company used a 'defeat device' in 104,000 Ram 1500 pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs fitted with the 3...


Fiat Chrysler denies using diesel emission defeat devices
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Fiat Chrysler denies using diesel emission defeat devices

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has lashed out at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for alleging that his company violated the Clean Air Act. The allegations are that it fit, and failed to disclose, engine management software designed to alter NOx emissions from its 3...


Volkswagen agrees to $20b US 'dieselgate' compensation, buyback scheme
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Volkswagen agrees to $20b US 'dieselgate' compensation, buyback scheme

The US government and Volkswagen have agreed to a deal totalling around US$14.7 billion ($20 billion) to settle most of the government legal action over the automaker's use of emissions testing defeat devices on half-a-million diesel cars sold in the States. The German automaker believes that out of the 499,000 affected 2...


Volkswagen and US govt agree on diesel buyback deal, "substantial compensation"
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Volkswagen and US govt agree on diesel buyback deal, "substantial compensation"

Volkswagen and the US government have reportedly reached a tentative deal regarding some of the cars affected by the dieselgate emissions testing scandal. Just as we were going to press, San Francisco district judge Charles Breyer has confirmed that the two parties have reached a provisional agreement. For the roughly 480,000 EA189 2...


Volkswagen could build EVs in the US as part of dieselgate settlement - report
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Volkswagen could build EVs in the US as part of dieselgate settlement - report

The United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reportedly floated a proposal for Volkswagen to build electric vehicles in the US as part of its settlement for the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. The two parties are currently in discussions regarding fixes for the roughly half-a-million Volkswagen and Audi cars in the States equipped with the affected EA189 2...


Volkswagen's proposed dieselgate fixes rejected by US regulators
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Volkswagen's proposed dieselgate fixes rejected by US regulators

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have both rejected Volkswagen's proposed fixes for its cars affected by the dieselgate emissions testing affair...


Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche V6 TDI engines also have emissions testing defeat devices; Volkswagen issues denial - UPDATED
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Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche V6 TDI engines also have emissions testing defeat devices; Volkswagen issues denial - UPDATED

Overnight, the United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a second notice of violation against the Volkswagen Group, claiming that eight additional vehicles sold in the US, and whole new engine family, have emissions testing defeat devices installed. According to the EPA, eight models fitted with the company's 3...


Volkswagen 'dieselgate' emissions cheating code involved 30 managers - report
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Volkswagen 'dieselgate' emissions cheating code involved 30 managers - report

At least 30 managers were reportedly involved in the Volkswagen "dieselgate" affair, which saw the company install special software on its EA189-engined diesel cars to fraudulently pass emissions testing. Der Spiegel has seen documents from an internal investigation commissioned by Volkswagen and run by law firm Jones Day...


2.1 million Audis, 1.2 million Skodas have Volkswagen emissions defeat device
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2.1 million Audis, 1.2 million Skodas have Volkswagen emissions defeat device

Audi and Skoda have confirmed the extent to which the Volkswagen Group's emissions testing defeat device has been employed in their diesel vehicles. Reuters has been informed that 2.1 million Audi vehicles are powered by EA189 diesel engines that have the emissions testing defeat device on-board...


US EPA steps up emissions enforcement with real world driving tests
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US EPA steps up emissions enforcement with real world driving tests

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice to all car manufacturers that it will begin stepping up its enforcement regime for vehicle emissions. Although most of the media attention has been focussed so far on Volkswagen's admitted use of a defeat device on roughly 480,000 cars in the US, and 11 million worldwide, equipped with the EA189 turbo-diesel engine, which detects when the car is being tested under lab conditions, there has also criticism of the government agency that was hoodwinked...


Volkswagen hires lawyers who defended BP after Deepwater Horizon disaster - report
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Volkswagen hires lawyers who defended BP after Deepwater Horizon disaster - report

Volkswagen has engaged the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, who defended BP in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. According to multiple sources, including The Guardian and Bloomberg, Volkswagen has hired Kirkland & Ellis to help it deal with investigations, as well as any impending civil and criminal claims...


How a university team revealed Volkswagen's emissions testing defeat device in 2014
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How a university team revealed Volkswagen's emissions testing defeat device in 2014

News about the Volkswagen’s use of a emissions testing defeat device has engulfed the German automaker this week, but the findings that led to the current controversy were first publicly revealed in 2014. The story begins in 2012 when the Center for Alternative Fuels Engines Emissions (CAFEE), at the West Virginia University, was contracted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to perform some real world emissions testing on diesel cars...


Volkswagen CEO resigns in the wake of emissions cheating scandal
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Volkswagen CEO resigns in the wake of emissions cheating scandal

Martin Winterkorn, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group, has resigned, taking responsibility for the emissions cheating scandal that is currently estimated to involve around 11 million vehicles from the company. In a statement that's just been released, Winterkorn said that he was submitting his resignation "in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part"...


Volkswagen admits 11 million cars with EA189 engines have emissions cheating device
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Volkswagen admits 11 million cars with EA189 engines have emissions cheating device

From the preliminary results of an internal investigation, Volkswagen has confirmed that up to 11 million of the group's diesel-powered vehicles worldwide have been fitted with software that enables it to cheat its way past official emissions testing...


Volkswagen could be fined $25 billion for US emissions scam, CEO apologises
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Volkswagen could be fined $25 billion for US emissions scam, CEO apologises

The Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal rolls on, with the company's CEO issuing a public apology and the prospect that the German automaker could be fined up to $25 billion. Over the weekend, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) revealed that Volkswagen's US arm had installed special software on some of its diesel vehicles to cheat its way past the country's emissions test...


Volkswagen, Audi admit to cheating pollution tests in the US
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Volkswagen, Audi admit to cheating pollution tests in the US

Authorities in the US have discovered that Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars sold Stateside have been fitted with special software that limits dangerous emissions only during pollution testing. The United States Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has hit the German brands with an official notice of violation, stating that "four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants"...


Hyundai, Kia to reimburse US owners over false fuel efficiency claims
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Hyundai, Kia to reimburse US owners over false fuel efficiency claims

The US divisions of South Korean sister brands Hyundai and Kia will reimburse owners and adjust fuel economy ratings after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found discrepancies between the agency's own testing results and data submitted by the manufacturers...


Noisy cars Australia's biggest neighbourhood nuisance
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Noisy cars Australia's biggest neighbourhood nuisance

Noisy drivers are the biggest neighbourhood nuisances in Australia, with dangerous drivers running a close second. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals 35 per cent of Australians aged 18 and over (extrapolated to 5.8 million) believe noisy driving is the greatest social disorder problem in their neighbourhood...