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  • Volkswagen To Stop Serving Sausage In Wolfsburg As It Tries To Leave Its Wurst Emissions Behind

    08/26/2021 1:32:40 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 32 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 26 Aug 2021 | José Rodríguez Jr.
    The German carmaker is replacing its Currywurst with vegetarian alternatives. After nearly 50 years, Volkswagen will no longer serve its famous made-in-house sausage at its Wolfsburg production plant. In 2019, the Volkswagen butcher’s shop still produced 7 million curry sausages. Volkswagen is cutting its meat production for the sake of sustainability, and it makes sense, but people are losing it over the announcement. As Politico put it, for some folks, this is just “the Wurst!” It flies in the face of decades of sausage-eating tradition. Currywurst production has been ongoing at VW since 1973 The sausage is such a VW...
  • Volkswagen hoaxes media with fake news release as a joke

    03/31/2021 11:59:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | MARCH 31, 2021 | by Tom Krisher
    Volkswagen of America issued false statements this week saying it would change its brand name to "Voltswagen," as a way to stress its commitment to electric vehicles, only to reverse course Tuesday and admit that the supposed name change was just a joke. Mark Gillies, a company spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the statement had been a pre-April Fool's Day joke, after having insisted Monday that the release was legitimate and the name change accurate. The company's false statement was distributed again Tuesday, saying the brand name change reflected VW's switch to more battery-electric vehicles. Volkswagen's intentionally fake news release, highly...
  • California rules set lower emissions for state vehicle fleet

    11/15/2019 8:09:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2019 | Don Thompson
    California announced new rules Friday for its state vehicle fleet to reduce pollution and reward automakers that are siding with it against the Trump administration. Officials immediately barred state agencies from buying any sedans that only run on internal combustion engines, with exemptions for certain public safety vehicles. The state has about 40,000 vehicles, about 8,400 of which are sedans. Starting next year, it will require state agencies to buy only from companies that recognize California’s authority to set greenhouse gas and zero emission vehicle standards. Only BMW, Ford, Volkswagen and Honda have decided to back California and endorse stricter...
  • Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

    06/14/2019 9:05:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2019
    Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and concluded Friday. Preliminary results show 833 employees voted against representation and 776 voted for it, the German automaker said in a statement. VW said about 93% of the roughly 1,700 eligible employees voted. “Our employees have spoken,” Frank Fischer, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said in the company statement. He said results are pending certification by...
  • Cute ute? VW Beetle pickup kit is a sell out

    06/13/2019 7:17:15 AM PDT · by ETL · 41 replies ^ | June 13, 2019 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    Volkswagen has been thinking about bringing a compact pickup truck to the U.S., and it might want to hurry up. Custom car body outfit Smyth Performance has unveiled a conversion kit to turn a VW New Beetle into a pickup and it’s already the Massachusetts company’s best seller. According to Motor 1, the first 100 kits were sold out during a pre-order period at $2,990 a pop. It's compatible with the New Beetle that went out of production in 2011 and features an aluminum step side bed with a retro flair that suits the car’s styling. Smyth calls them "utes", using...
  • Oldest 'Porsche' could sell for $20 million or more at auction

    05/15/2019 7:13:23 PM PDT · by ETL · 25 replies ^ | May 14, 2019 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    The oldest surviving sports car built by Porsche, and first to wear the brand’s name, is heading to auction this summer and expected to sell for a historic price. The Type 64 was the third of a series built by Ferdinand Porsche and his son Ferry between 1939 and 1940. Based on the chassis of the KdF-Wagen, which was also designed by the elder Porsche and would spawn the Volkswagen Beetle, the Type 64 was originally built to compete in a race from Berlin to Rome that was canceled after the outbreak of World War II. By then only one...
  • Anyone see this VW ad? (vanity)

    02/12/2019 5:31:33 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
  • Volkswagen will add 1,000 jobs at Tennessee plant (making electric cars)

    01/15/2019 11:54:34 AM PST · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | January 14, 2019 | Chris Isidore
    Volkswagen is investing $800 million in its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a move that will add 1,000 jobs to the factory, the company announced Monday. It plans to build electric cars there. Volkswagen's investment in Tennessee comes weeks after General Motors announced plans to close three North American plants and shift its production focus away from sedans, to free up money to develop to electric and self-driving vehicles. The move also comes amid talks between Volkswagen and Ford about pooling resources to make the next generation of vehicles. The new Tennessee jobs and production should begin in 2022, according to the company's statement. "The US...
  • Million-Dollar Beetle? That’s the Asking Price for This 1964 Volkswagen Bug

    10/07/2018 10:06:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 91 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | October 3, 2018 AT ‎11‎:‎30‎ ‎AM | Daniel Golson
    According to the seller, this Beetle was purchased new in Beaverton, Oregon, in 1964 as a backup for the owner's 1957 Beetle; the car cost $1757 when new. Apparently, he never needed it, as it was promptly put into storage and never licensed, insured, or driven, and was only moved once: after two years of keeping the Beetle in a friend's storage unit, the owner constructed his own building and moved it there, where it sat from 1966 to 2016. The 23rd mile on the odometer rolled over as the Beetle was pulled out of storage, and the original battery...
  • German Auto Giant Volkswagen is Pulling Out of Iran, Says US Ambassador

    09/20/2018 7:57:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 20, 2018 | 7:23 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    In a significant symbolic blow to the Iranian regime, the Volkswagen Group — the world’s biggest selling car manufacturer last year — has reportedly agreed to end almost all of its operations in Iran, in line with the restoration of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. The news was disclosed by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who since taking up his Berlin posting in May — he presented his credentials on the same day President Trump announced the U.S. was exiting the Iran nuclear deal — has been encouraging the host government to isolate Iran and urging German companies to stop...
  • Trump wants to push German carmakers out of U.S. - German magazine....

    05/31/2018 10:42:54 AM PDT · by caww · 50 replies
    German magazine Wirtschaftswoche said U.S. President Donald Trump aimed to push German carmakers out of the United States, and that he told French President Emmanuel Macron he wanted to stop Mercedes-Benz from cruising through New York. German carmakers control 90 percent of the U.S. premium auto market, with BMW owning the Rolls-Royce and BMW brands while Daimler has Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen controls Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche and Audi. The Trump administration has opened a trade investigation into whether vehicle imports have damaged the U.S. auto industry. Citing several unnamed European and U.S. diplomats, the magazine said on Thursday that he told...
  • VW emissions scandal: German carmaker storing 300,000 diesels in 'graveyards'

    03/29/2018 10:18:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    Sky News ^ | March 29, 2018 | By Andy Hayes
    It resembles a car park at an enormous open-air venue - but it is actually a knock-on effect of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Dramatic aerial pictures show row after row of diesel VWs and Audis sitting in the baking California sun, awaiting either repair or destruction in their desert graveyard. This is just one of 37 storage areas the firm has around the US, housing almost 300,000 vehicles. In addition to the pictured site in Victorville, other facilities include a disused suburban football stadium in Detroit and a former Minnesota paper mill. The German company needs plenty of space because...
  • Lawyer for convicted Dieselgate manager blames VW bosses

    12/27/2017 8:36:12 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | December 15, 2017 | Volker Votsmeier
    Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt was imprisoned for 7 years in the US for his role in the diesel emissions scandal. But his lawyer says the sentence is unfair and that he was only acting on management orders. Alexander Sättele, defense attorney for imprisoned Volkswagen manager Oliver Schmidt, said his client was following instructions from VW’s management in the Dieselgate scandal. In an exclusive interview, Mr. Sättele told Handelsblatt that Mr. Schmidt has become a symbolic figure in criminal investigations into the scandal and was forced to take responsibility for actions beyond his control.
  • US Monitor: VW had corrupt culture, flawed leadership

    12/27/2017 8:12:05 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | Dec 25, 2017 1 | Stefan Menzel & Martin Murphy
    Only six months into his job, the US Justice Department-appointed monitor had some frank words for Volkswagen. “There was a corrupt corporate culture at Volkswagen,” Larry Thompson told Handelsblatt during his first interview since he started his work at VW’s headquarters in June. “It was not a culture marked by honesty and openness. The executives responsible for the affair obviously were not concerned that they would be putting their company in a precarious position.” Mr. Thompson, the former US deputy attorney general under president George W. Bush, has been tasked with preventing any future transgressions at Volkswagen, where the monitor...
  • Volkswagen used to love diesel. Not anymore

    12/14/2017 2:07:54 PM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | 12/11/2017 | by Alanna Petroff
    The chief executive of Volkswagen says Germany should reduce subsidies for diesel cars and ban heavily polluting vehicles from its city centers. "We should question the logic and purpose of diesel subsidies," said CEO Matthias Mueller. "There should be a gradual shift in the tax incentives, the money can be invested more sensibly to promote more environmentally friendly technologies." Mueller's comments, made during an interview with the newspaper Handelsblatt, underscore the German automaker's dramatic shift away from diesel after it was caught rigging emissions tests. The scandal, which erupted in 2015, has exposed the company to charges that its dirty...
  • VW executive given the maximum prison sentence for his role in Dieselgate

    12/06/2017 5:27:22 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | 6 Dec 2017 | By Sean O'Kane
    A maximum seven-year sentence for a former Volkswagen AG executive, handed down Wednesday, closes a long chapter in perhaps the largest and most expensive conspiracy in the global auto industry’s history. ... and fined $400,000
  • California orders Volkswagen to build more electric-car charging stations in poor neighborhoods

    06/16/2017 7:06:51 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 60 replies
    business insider ^ | 15 June 2017 | Peter Henderson
    California legislators on Thursday tightened rules requiring Volkswagen to spend a portion of clean car infrastructure funds in disadvantaged communities, passing a bill as part of a budget package agreed with Governor Jerry Brown. The state's regulator, the Air Resources Board, last month told VW to "make every attempt" to invest 35 percent of the first 30-month investment cycle in disadvantaged communities disproportionately affected by air pollution.
  • Volkswagen's Diesel Scandal Was 80 Years in the Making

    05/23/2017 6:41:38 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 43 replies ^ | 23 May 2017 | NICHOLAS CLAIRMONT
    Just the fact that the [Nazi-era Volkswagenwerks] factory basically functioned as a concentration camp during the war, and also that the members of the Porsche family, primarily Ferdinand Porsche and Anton Piëch, absconded with the cash in the final days of the war and then later built the private company in order to justify taking the money. There's also the financial factor, where a lot of Volkswagen owners in Germany were basically getting nothing and saying, "Why do the Americans get so much, and we get nothing?"
  • Fully Compliant in Bringing Down VW: What Ultimate Good did the Volkswagen Whistleblower do?

    04/29/2017 7:19:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 04/27/2017 | Eric Peters
    Late last week, it was revealed who squealed. The guy responsible for making it impossible for any of us to buy a diesel-powered Volkswagen henceforth — and a lot more — is Stuart Johnson, the former head of VW’s Engineering and Environmental Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was outed in a book written about the VW “cheating” business by New York Times reporter Jack Ewing. Johnson, of course, is about to get everything short of a ticker-tape parade. A bust of him will likely be cast and placed in the Hall of Mirrors — or whatever the equivalent is...

    03/13/2017 12:47:10 PM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 5 replies
    Volkswagen's solution to suicide bombers!