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global-cheating 'trumps' Yurp Diesels... #CROOKS

German Cartel Investigation RAIDS BMW, Daimler Seeks Immunity
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- By Matt Posky on October 20, 2017


Back in July, German authorities became concerned that the country’s manufacturers had been operating one of the largest automotive cartels in history. With many auto executives still under the microscope for diesel emission manipulation, combined with inter-familial strife between the Piech and Porsche clans, Germany’s auto industry was starting to resemble a PG version of the film Goodfellas — with a dash of Dallas, for flavor.

Despite some rather serious accusations, nothing really came of the cartel investigation. We were beginning to wonder if it was much ado about nothing. But Germany’s antitrust officials hadn’t forgotten — they were simply biding their time during preliminary investigations into corporate collusion and price-fixing. Earlier this week, they made their big move and raided BMW’s headquarters.

In addition to BMW, both Daimler and Volkswagen Group have been implicated in the cartel accusations after Der Spiegel magazine claimed all three conspired to fix prices on various automotive components for decades. Shortly afterward, the European Commission assembled a team to begin its investigation.

According to Reuters, the commission has yet to initiate any formal antitrust proceedings against the manufacturers. But EU staff announced the first raid had only taken place on Monday, October 16th.

BMW, however, did not frame it quite the same way. Instead, it called the event an inspection and specified that it was cooperating with officials by assisting the European Commission with its work. It also wanted to absolve itself from being conflated with the emissions blowback relating to the size of AdBlue tanks.

“The BMW Group wishes to make clear the distinction between potential violations of antitrust law on the one hand and illegal manipulation of exhaust gas treatment on the other,” the company said. “The BMW Group has not been accused of the latter.”

Meanwhile, Daimler announced Friday that it has “filed an application for immunity from fines with the European Commission some time ago.” Despite being still being in the middle of this new scandal, the manufacturer has positioned itself as the one having informed officials in the first place. By doing so, it may be able to take advantage of the European Union’s leniency program — which allows the first company to come forward with illicit activity to be absolved of financial penalties.

Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber said he was so confident in Daimler’s action that he saw no reason to set aside any funds for possible antitrust fines from the government.

Volkswagen may also receive leniency if the matter goes to court. While it wasn’t the first to “blow the whistle,” simply being cooperative and coming forward with additional information could alleviate possible fines by up to 50 percent. VW’s current course of action is unknown but it is believed to be more willing to cooperate with regulatory investigations than BMW. As things stand now, VW has stated it hasn’t been raided but declined to comment further.

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Accused VW Executive Claims to Have Been ‘Misused’ by Company
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, By Matt Posky on December 3, 2017

One of the handful of Volkswagen Group executives that have been forced to appear in front of a judge over the company’s widespread emission scandal, Oliver Schmidt, has exclaimed he was misused by his employer after issuing a guilty plea. Unless the charges are revised prior to sentencing, the former VW employee has copped to conspiracy to defraud the federal government and violating the Clean Air Act. A third charge of aiding and abetting wire fraud was rolled into the conspiracy charge.

The admission to corporate wrongdoing was made in August. However the claim that the company had taken advantage of him came later via a letter to U.S. judge Sean Cox.

“I must say that I feel misused by my own company in the diesel scandal or ‘Dieselgate’,” Schmidt wrote. The letter was filed in the court documents and later published in Germany’s Bild am Sonntag before being shared by Reuters.

Schmidt headed the Volkswagen’s environmental and engineering office in Auburn Hills, Michigan, until February of 2015. In his letter to the judge, he claimed he had agreed to follow a script issued by Volkswagen management and a high-ranking lawyer, during a meeting with Alberto Ayala, a California Air Resources Board official.

“In hindsight, I should never have agreed to meet with Dr Ayala on that day,” he wrote. “Or better yet, I should have gone to that meeting and ignored the instructions given to me and told Dr Ayala that there is a defeat device in the VW diesel engine vehicles and that VW had been cheating for almost a decade. I did not do that and that is why I find myself here today.”

U.S. prosecutors have charged eight current and former Volkswagen executives at this time. Schmidt’s legal team is pressing for a reduced sentence but he’s facing up to seven years in prison and a fine between $40,000 and $400,000 due to the nature of the crimes.

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something about locking the barn after the HORSES have 'Polluted' your LivingRoom CARPET?

VW, of All Companies, calls for an END to DIESEL $UB$IDIE$
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By Matt Posky on December 11, 2017
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Despite Volkswagen being the premiere brand for “clean diesel” (LIES)technology just a few short years ago, it’s now pressing aggressively into electrification. In fact, the company that admitted to widespread cheating on emissions tests following its pricey 2015 scandal is currently trying to convince the world to ditch diesel subsidies. Go GREEN like us, the company wants everyone to hear.

Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen Group, stated in a recent interview that the German government should stop subsidizing diesel entirely.

While a perspicacious position on the part of VW, it also serves as a reminder that German automakers benefited heavily from Europe’s once-popular diesel tax programs. However, with most of the world souring on the fuel, the automaker sees an opportunity to hurt its competition and help itself as it hurries to bring EVs to market.

“We should question the logic and purpose of diesel subsidies,” Müller expressed to German newspaper Handelsblatt. “The money can be invested more sensibly to promote more environmentally friendly technologies.”

His proposal makes sense. Volkswagen has a lot to gain if it can promote the electrification of Europe, especially since it’s on the brink of abandoning diesel technology altogether. However, Europe isn’t too keen on the fuel right now, either. Several nations have proposed internal combustion bans over the next few decades, while numerous large cities want to outlaw older diesel-burning vehicles from entering city centers within a few years (something Müller also claims to be in favor of).

However, as popular as Müller’s words are likely to be with some environmentalist groups, The New York Times reported that others were less enthused about their source. “The government is being urged to phase out diesel subsidies by none other than the biggest diesel fraudster,” Tobias Austrup, a transportation expert for Greenpeace, said in a statement.

Ironically (?), axing subsidies now would only help the post-diesel Volkswagen. Neither BMW or Daimler are quite as ready to bet the farm on electrification. Meanwhile, VW has put nearly everything it has behind the technology after being caught cheating on diesel emissions tests. It has poured court-mandated funds into enhancing the United States’ charging network, invested heavily into the European grid, and developed its own MEB platform for use on various electric models expected within a few years.
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What are the VW-criminals upto now? ...chemical tests on people & animals?
I'm too stressed to check...


Volkswagen Chooses Patsy in Diesel Exhaust Experiment Controversy
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- Matt Posky - January 30, 2018


Volkswagen AG suspended chief lobbyist Thomas Steg on Tuesday as its “first consequences as a result of animal tests.” If you’ll recall, German automakers were faulted with funding experiments on monkeys (and also people) that haven’t gone over well in the media. Both Daimler and VW say they will conduct investigations to get to the bottom of how something like this could have happened.

At its meeting today, Volkswagen Group’s Board of Management accepted a proposal made by Steg, who heads external relations and sustainability, that he be suspended until a full investigation is completed.

“We are currently in the process of investigating the work of the EUGT, which was dissolved in 2017, and drawing all the necessary consequences...
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VW , in its crazy run to be the bigger automaker, made many mistakes. They cheat the customers with the diesel emissions and, now, we are learning that they experimented with animals.


And all those criminal actions were in vain, bacause the biggest automaker in 2017 was Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance....
 

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#CROOKS: US-cheating 'trumps' Yurp Diesels...

German carmakers in a spin ahead of diesel ban ruling
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- Edward Taylor, Markus Wacket - FEBRUARY 18, 2018


FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - A court will decide on Thursday whether German cities can ban heavily polluting cars, potentially wiping hundreds of millions of euros off the value of diesel cars on the country’s roads.

Environmental group DUH has sued Stuttgart in Germany’s carmaking heartland, and Duesseldorf over levels of particulate matter exceeding European Union limits after Volkswagen’s 2015 admission to cheating diesel exhaust tests.

The scandal led politicians across the world to scrutinize diesel emissions, which contain the matter and nitrogen oxide (NOx) and are known to cause respiratory disease.

There are around 15 million diesel vehicles on German streets and environmental groups say levels of particulates exceed the EU threshold in at least 90 German towns and cities.

Local courts ordered them to bar diesel cars which did not conform to the latest standards on days when pollution is heavy, startling German carmakers because an outright ban could trigger a fall in vehicle resale prices, and a rise in the cost of leasing contracts, which are priced on assumed residual values.

The German states concerned, where the carmakers and their suppliers have a strong influence, appealed against the decisions, leaving Germany’s federal administrative court - the court of last resort for such matters - to rule on whether such bans can legally be imposed at local level.

“The key question is whether bans can already be considered to be legal instruments,” said Remo Klinger, a lawyer for DUH. “It’s a completely open question of law.”

Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens have said they plan to ban diesel vehicles from city centers by 2025, while the mayor of Copenhagen wants to ban new diesel cars from entering the city as soon as next year. France and Britain will ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 in a shift to electric vehicles.

DIESEL? NEIN DANKE...


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Re: #CROOKS...

Another day, another raid
160 investigators search 10 premises owned by Porsche

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- Staff - APRIL 18, 2018


FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German prosecutors are investigating current and former employees of Volkswagen-owned sports car maker Porsche, including a management board member, as part of their inquiries into emissions manipulations, they said on Wednesday...

...“The three suspects include a member of the management board and a member of Porsche AG’s higher management. The third suspect is no longer employed at Porsche AG,” it said.

The searches form part of an investigation into employees of Porsche AG suspected of fraud and fraudulent advertising tied to manipulated emissions control systems of diesel passenger cars, the prosecutors said.

A spokesman for Porsche confirmed the searches, but declined to provide further details.

More than 2-1/2 years after Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) admitted to cheating emissions tests on diesel engines in the United States, the carmaker and some of its brands continue to be investigated by authorities.

Earlier this year, German prosecutors widened a probe of Porsche’s sister brand Audi, which developed a 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine used in about 80,000 VW, Audi and Porsche models found to have been equipped with illicit software.

Two Audi sites were also searched on Wednesday, Stuttgart prosecutors and an Audi spokesman said. The searches were at Audi’s sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Audi said.

Reporting by Edward Taylor and Ilona Wissenbach; Additional reporting from Irene Preisinger; Editing by Tom Sims and Mark Potter
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As Musk berates analysts, VW unleashes massive counterpunch
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"VW has awarded 40 billion euros ($48 billion) in contracts to battery producers, double from just a few weeks ago. The deals take the German manufacturer within striking distance of its target to lock down 50 billion euros in supplies. By 2025, VW plans to sell as many as 3 million all-electric cars per year, CEO Herbert Diess told investors Thursday at the annual shareholder meeting in Berlin."

By 2020 we will offer our customers more than 25 new electric models and more than 20 plug-in hybrids,” Diess said. “In just a few years’ time, then, across all brands and regions, we aim to put the world’s largest fleet of electric vehicles on the road.”

VW’s Audi brand, the group’s largest earnings contributor, will start production of its first all-electric SUV at the end of August, followed by the four-door coupe Mission E from sister brand Porsche next year. VW’s namesake brand will start to roll out the new I.D. range of battery-powered vehicles from 2020, which will be priced at comparable levels to similar combustion engine vehicles.

"As carmakers roll out their electric lineups, Diess said there were “clear” need to revive talks over joint battery cell production in Europe to satisfy growing demand. Robert Bosch GmbH, the world’s largest auto supplier, decided against starting its own battery cell production earlier this year citing high investment demands."
 

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VW Qualifies Experts for I.D. Family Production
Jun 3, 2018

Volkswagen will begin the education of the next generation this month with the Future Electronic Engineer Program (FEEP). As part of the program, 100 young engineers and specialists will be specially trained to produce the I.D. family vehicles.

The future specialists will take roles in the areas of planning, pilotiing, the e-mobility series and the pre-series center, as well as the electronics development. The first graduates of the three year programme will be employed in Zwickau, working on I.D. family models.

The education scheme was initiated by VW’s pilot facility in Wolfsburg, which is part of the logistics and planning department. Locations in China, Brazil, Argentina, the USA and Mexico will be taking part as well. The programme is supported by the “Volkswagen pro Ehrenamt” initiative (Ehrenamt is voluntary work in German) and local universities to educate young people in Germany, China and North and South America as of June.

Oliver Wessel, who coordinates product development before vehicles go into serial production, is aiming to start one of the largest training programs in the industry with FEEP. He added: “This year and next year, we will have to master about 80 starts of production. The vehicles have more digital intelligence on board than ever before. These are severe challenges. And the situation will become even more challenging with the MEB models. We need start of production specialists who can provide local support at our plants when the need arises and ensure a good start of production.”

According to other VW sources, the new graduates will play sort of a midwife role for the new I.D. vehicles, as Thomas Ulbrich explains: “Within three years, Volkswagen will be starting production of a total of 27 electric car models for four brands in three regions of the world. At the Zwickau plant alone, models of three Group brands will roll off the production lines. In future, our MEB plants throughout the world will need young engineers who are thoroughly conversant with the requirements for production of the new vehicle architecture and also have considerable practical experience.”

The participants of the programme generally undergo a complementary study course with practical orientation – particularly if they join as vehicle I.T. technicians or data logistics. At first candidates undergo a basic training, where they will work on current vehicle models, before candidates are then sent around the world to work with different VW teams on different projects.
 

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I want to see how VW is doing selling EVs. I dont trust the EVs because of the low range they have and the difficulty of finding place to recharge them. Imagine an EV builded by the corporation that cheat everybody with their diesel engines. Will you believe them when they tell you that an EV will have 300 Km of autonomy?



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Ford faces lawsuit over allegations of false mpg ratings
https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/ford-faces-lawsuit-over-allegations-false-mpg-ratings

Ford Motor Co. faces a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status over allegations the automaker inaccurately boosted 2018-19 Ford F-150 pickups' EPA mileage ratings.

The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of plaintiffs by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a Chicago law firm, follows two others in consecutive months over the same issue in Ford Ranger trucks.

"We've not yet seen the complaint," a Ford spokesman said. "Typically we don't comment on pending litigation. However, based on the reports it appears this is similar to two other filings by the same law firm in the same court."

Plaintiffs in the suit over the F-150 claim EPA economy ratings printed on window stickers "were more than the fuel economy rating produced by a properly conducted applicable federal mileage test," according to the complaint.

The complaint accuses Ford of falsifying tests on the F-150 and Ranger. It also contends the automaker installed a "mileage 'cheat device'" that "continually misrepresents the vehicles' poor mileage to conceal it from vehicle owners."

VW and Ford seems to have more and more in common.
 

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Ford faces lawsuit over allegations of false mpg ratings
https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/ford-faces-lawsuit-over-allegations-false-mpg-ratings

Ford Motor Co. faces a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status over allegations the automaker inaccurately boosted 2018-19 Ford F-150 pickups' EPA mileage ratings.

The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of plaintiffs by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a Chicago law firm, follows two others in consecutive months over the same issue in Ford Ranger trucks.

"We've not yet seen the complaint," a Ford spokesman said. "Typically we don't comment on pending litigation. However, based on the reports it appears this is similar to two other filings by the same law firm in the same court."

Plaintiffs in the suit over the F-150 claim EPA economy ratings printed on window stickers "were more than the fuel economy rating produced by a properly conducted applicable federal mileage test," according to the complaint.

The complaint accuses Ford of falsifying tests on the F-150 and Ranger. It also contends the automaker installed a "mileage 'cheat device'" that "continually misrepresents the vehicles' poor mileage to conceal it from vehicle owners."

VW and Ford seems to have more and more in common.



That must be proven.
 
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