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ANALYSIS: VW's self-defeating defeat devices

In September 2015, the industry – and VW in particular – was dealt a seismic shock when it became clear that VW had sought to cheat US emiss...

Skoda's new press shop draws eyes this week

News that Škoda is building a new, energy-efficient press shop at its main factory in Mladá Boleslav drew a lot of eyes to thi...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ups and downs

Graeme Roberts | 6 Nov 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one suppliers, this week Matthew Beecham talked with Detlef Jürss, group vice president and general manager Seating Components, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. Well worth a look if you haven't enjoyed yet. He's also talked to Schaeffler about smarter repairs.

TWTW: VW admits size isn’t everything

Dave Leggett | 30 Oct 2015

Volkswagen Group stayed very much in the news this week. The company posted a set of results that were dragged down by provision made for costs associated with ‘dieselgate’. I suspect it won’t be the last set of disappointing results to come out of Wolfsburg.

VW’s crisis and the changed world of corporate PR

Chris Wright | 12 Oct 2015

As the Volkswagen emissions scandal continues to unfold I have, over the past couple of weeks, been asking a number of industry public and media relations people, along with some senior car company executives – off the record – how they would handle such a crisis, and indeed, how did they rate VW’s handling of the affair.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Range Rover Evoque Brazil build

Graeme Roberts | 9 Oct 2015

We'll permit ourselves a small 'told you so' this week after Jaguar Land Rover finally confirmed it would build the Range Rover Evoque in Brazil from early 2016, as well as the previously confirmed Land Rover Discovery Sport - which Our Man in Brazil first reported last May. JLR had said earlier it would only do 'new' models at the plant, but our sources said otherwise, and it makes sense to do the country's top selling JLR model locally as it (a) gets the price down, increases supply and frees up capacity at the Halewood, England, mother ship. And the high local content encouraged in Brazil allows local variation to suit market needs. JLR also now makes the Evoque at a joint venture in China (again, this gets the price down in a tax-protected market) and also assembles some models in India (ditto). All of which frees up UK capacity.

Latest Interviews

IAC on personalizing tomorrow’s car interiors

Matthew Beecham | 18 Nov 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Fritz Schweindl, Director Advanced Engineering International Automotive Components (IAC) Europe. IAC is a global supplier of automotive components and systems, including interior and exterior trim.

Q&A:RKLAB AG on a new approach to clean up diesels

Matthew Beecham | 22 Oct 2015

As the auto industry searches for affordable routes to lower emissions, Matthew Beecham spoke to Gavin Houghton, managing director of RKLAB AG to learn more about its timely breakthrough in diesel fuel injector technology.

Latest News

Volkswagen diesel recall in Europe will take year

Graeme Roberts | 25 Nov 2015

Volkswagen Group announced on Wednesday fixes for 1.6- and two-litre EA 189 diesel engines that give false emissions readings, saying it would need all of 2016 to carry out the recalls. The measures are for Europe only and do not apply to US models.

Volkswagen making progress on diesel emissions fix

Graeme Roberts | 24 Nov 2015

Volkswagen has said it has German approval to repair about 70% of its 'rigged' diesel engines and made a deal with US regulators to resubmit questionable software in other vehicles for review.

Prosecutors eye VW workers for emissions tax evade

Graeme Roberts | 24 Nov 2015

German public prosecutors reportedly have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion in connection with the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Edmunds predicts record November US sales

Graeme Roberts | 24 Nov 2015 has forecast 1,331,415 new cars and trucks will be sold in the US in November for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 18.3m, both records for the month. The projected sales will be an 8.3% decrease from October 2015, but a 2.5% increase from November 2014.

VW Wolfsburg parts pickers offered 3D glasses

Graeme Roberts | 23 Nov 2015

Logistics workers at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant are now using - if they wish - 3D smart glasses following a three-month pilot trial. They use the glasses for order picking.

Major VW investor wants CEO Müller to stand down

Dave Leggett | 16 Nov 2015

A leading German asset fund that is a major investor in Volkswagen has suggested that recently appointed CEO Matthias Müller should stand down so that the company can be led out of its crisis by an outsider.

VW stops producing Passat diesel at Chattanooga

Graeme Roberts | 12 Nov 2015

Volkswagen has ceased manufacturing diesel versions of the 2016 Passat at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, amid the emissions test-rigging scandal.

VW diesel scandal clobbers Porsche profit

Graeme Roberts | 11 Nov 2015

Porsche Automobil Holding SE booked group profit of EUR1.19bn euro for the period from 1 January to 30 September 2015 compared with EUR2.50bn a year ago after the cost effects of the diesel emissions scandal at VW AG started to take a toll. Porsche has also revised down sharply its profits forecasts.

VW appoints Apple man to head digital strategy

Dave Leggett | 11 Nov 2015

Volkswagen has named Johann Jungwirth, who has moved to the role from Apple in the US, to head up a newly established ‘Digitalization Strategy Department’.

VW Group and works council agree on 'joint steps'

Dave Leggett | 10 Nov 2015

Volkswagen Group says that its CEO Matthias Müller and the Chairman of the Group Works Council Bernd Osterloh, have agreed on the “further procedure for investment and capacity planning”.

VW offers US diesel owners $1,000

Graeme Roberts | 10 Nov 2015

Volkswagen of America is offering US$500 in cash and $500 in VW dealer credit to owners of its diesel cars, a first step in compensating them in the wake of a global emissions-test cheating scandal.

Volkswagen gets credit rating downgrade

Dave Leggett | 10 Nov 2015

Volkswagen’s credit rating has been downgraded by Fitch Ratings to BBB+, from A. Fitch has also given the car maker a negative outlook. The downgrade comes as VW Group struggles under the weight of its diesel emissions crisis and its associated costs.

Scania names new president and CEO

Graeme Roberts | 10 Nov 2015

The board of directors of Scania has appointed Henrik Henriksson as the new president and CEO of Scania. He will take up his position on 1 January 2016 and succeeds Per Hallberg. Henriksson will from the same date become a member of the Volkswagen Truck & Bus Management Board (Truck Board).

Korean imports in October hit by VW scandal

Tony Pugliese | 6 Nov 2015

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by 6% year-on-year to 17,423 units in October, much slower than the doubled-digit growth seen in previous months, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

UK sales dip for first time in years

Graeme Roberts | 5 Nov 2015

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed UK new car registrations dropped for the first time in more than three and a half years as market growth levelled off in October 2015. 177,664 new cars were registered in the month, a dip of 1.1% on last year’s figure and following a record 43 consecutive months of growth. Year to date data showed the new car market is up 6.4% to 2,274,550 cars -  the best YTS result on record.

VW recalls cars with EA288 petrol engines

Graeme Roberts | 5 Nov 2015

Volkswagen is recalling vehicles in the United States fitted with its EA288 1.8TFSI and 2.0TFSI engines because the rear camshaft lobe is prone to unexpectedly shear off from the shaft. The failure causes reduced engine power and loss of vacuum pump power, cutting vacuum supply to the brake booster and eventually resulting in increased braking effort.

VW admits “irregularities” in vehicle CO2 levels

Dave Leggett | 4 Nov 2015

In a move that threatens to widen the already damaging NOx emissions scandal relating to some of its diesel engines, Volkswagen has admitted to irregularities in CO2 levels affecting some 800,000 group vehicles, including some fitted with gasoline engines.

EPA VW diesel emissions scrutiny extended

Dave Leggett | 3 Nov 2015

Volkswagen has strongly denied the suggestion by US authorities that it may have installed emissions cheating devices to larger engines not already cited as part of VW's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Volkswagen reaffirms US investment commitments

Dave Leggett | 30 Oct 2015

Volkswagen Group has reaffirmed its planned investments for the US at Chattanooga and in the production of an all-new SUV for the US market. The statement from VW follows the recent harm done to the brand in the US following the diesel emissions scandal. 

VW and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China MOU

Dave Leggett | 30 Oct 2015

Volkswagen and the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Beijing, forming a long-term global strategic partnership between the two companies.

VW Group sets out steps to 'Strategy 2025'

Dave Leggett | 29 Oct 2015

While not actually setting out Volkswagen Group's new mid-term strategy, new CEO Matthias Müller has outlined five key steps to “realign the VW Group” and effectively replace the current company strategy, in the wake of the company's current crisis.

VW 'has to address' falling vehicle resale values

Dave Leggett | 29 Oct 2015

A UK government minister has made remarks raising the possibility that Volkswagen Group will have to compensate drivers for lower resale values on models affected by the company's diesel emissions scandal and subsequent recall.

Latest blogs

Questions on VW's corporate culture

Dave Leggett | 25 Sep 2015

It's been quite a week for Volkswagen. The unfolding diesel emissions scandal is one of those stories that, as journalists love to say, has legs.

Luc Donckerwolke quits Bentley

Dave Leggett | 5 Jun 2015

The departure of head designer Luc Donckerwolke from Bentley (replacement found) is an interesting one, not least for the question of where he will pop up next.

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