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February 12, 2017
EU at pains to punish VW over 'dieselgate' scandal
Brussels (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
A year and a half after the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal erupted, the European Union is struggling to punish the Germany-based auto giant for emissions cheating and ensure customers are compensated. In the United States, where authorities first exposed the wrongdoing, VW has already committed to pay $23 billion to aggrieved customers to settle lawsuits in addition to repairing the vehicles. The Dieselgate scandal blew open when Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 that it installed software ... read more

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European neighbours Germany and France plan to test self-driving vehicles on a stretch of road linking the two countries, the transport ministry in Berlin said Wednesday. ... more
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Volvo Cars posts strong earnings on record sales
Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars, owned by Chinese group Geely, said Wednesday it posted a healthy profit rise in 2016, boosted by record sales and stronger finances. ... more
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Luxembourg prosecutes unknown person in VW scandal
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Pedal power revival as bike-share apps race for glory
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Chinese, Mexican automakers team up to make SUVs
China's JAC Motors and a Mexican firm are teaming up to invest $212 million in a plant to produce sport-utility vehicles in central Mexico, officials said Wednesday amid trade tensions with the United States. ... more
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Dieselgate drags on for VW and Bosch with new payouts
German carmaker Volkswagen and auto parts supplier Bosch on Wednesday announced payouts to US buyers of vehicles affected by the "dieselgate" scandal, in a bid to put the American chapter of the tale behind them. ... more
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Daimler to supply self-driving cars for Uber
German auto giant Daimler on Tuesday said it had struck a partnership with Uber to supply self-driving cars for the US ride-hailing company. ... more
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German prosecutors say probing former VW CEO for fraud
German prosecutors said Friday they were investigating Volkswagen's former chief executive Martin Winterkorn on suspicion of fraud over the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, dealing a blow to the auto giant's attempts to move on from the crisis. ... more
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Paris experiments with driverless buses
Paris began its first experiment with driverless buses on Monday, with city officials saying they were eager to prepare for the coming "revolution" of autonomous vehicles. ... more
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Society set for head-on collision with driverless cars
Evangelists for driverless cars see a bright future coming down the road: thousands of lives saved, countless driving hours freed up, cityscapes transformed with traffic jams vanquished. ... more
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US closes probe into fatal Tesla autopilot crash, no defect found
The US Transportation Department closed Thursday its investigation into a fatal crash involving a Tesla car on autopilot, saying no defects were found in the system, including the emergency braking feature. ... more
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New Zealand stimulates electric vehicle market
New Zealand's government said Thursday it was setting aside more than $2 million to help stimulate the electric-vehicle market in the country. ... more
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VW ex-boss denies prior knowledge of pollution cheating
Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn said Thursday that he did not know the beleaguered German auto giant was engaging in systematic emissions cheating until shortly before the scam broke. ... more
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German MPs to grill VW ex-boss over 'Dieselgate'
Disgraced former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn faces a grilling by German lawmakers Thursday, as accusations grow of top executives at the beleaguered auto giant colluding to cover up emissions cheating. ... more
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Bikeshare cycles dumped en masse in China
More than 500 bicycles from China's flourishing bike-sharing companies have been dumped in huge piles on the streets of the southern city of Shenzhen, reports said. ... more
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Oslo temporarily bars diesel cars to combat pollution
Oslo will ban diesel cars from the road for at least two days this week in a bid to combat rising air pollution, angering some motorists after they were urged to buy diesel cars a few years ago. ... more
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VW near $2 bn US criminal settlement in 'dieselgate': report
Volkswagen is close to a deal to pay $2 billion to settle a US criminal investigation into the emissions-cheating scandal involving its diesel cars, the New York Times reported Friday. ... more
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Hoverboards make comeback at Vegas electronics show
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Renault-Nissan doubles down on autonomous cars
Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn told a tech gathering Thursday the automaker is committed to self-driving cars, as he unveiled a series of initiatives to advance the technology. ... more
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China 2016 auto sales surge at fastest in three years
Auto sales in China, the world's biggest car market, surged at their fastest in three years in 2016, an industry group showed Thursday, jumping nearly 14 percent after authorities slashed a purchase tax. ... more
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US deal won't end 'dieselgate' pain for Volkswagen
Woes related to the 'dieselgate' scandal will dog German car giant Volkswagen even after a deal with US authorities to close criminal and civil cases against it, industry experts said Wednesday. ... more
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