December 2, 2020

Software for the new mobility: How do you feel about Google?

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The pace of innovation in the digital world is driving car manufacturers to keep up. They are all reacting differently: some are allying themselves with tech groups, while others such as Volkswagen are seeking their salvation in independence.  The new, networked mobility in all its diversity has arrived – and is being happily accepted. E-scooters […]

VW electric racer

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VW electric racer smashes Pikes Peak’s overall record By Jon Fingas from engadget The I.D. R Pikes Peak is the fastest climber in any category. VW may have been overly cautious when it hoped to beat Pikes Peak’s electric vehicle record with its purpose-built racer. Official lap time data has confirmed that Romain Dumas’ I.D. […]

Audi chief Rupert Stadler arrested in diesel emissions probe

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From BBC The chief executive of German carmaker Audi, Rupert Stadler, has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the diesel emissions scandal. A spokesman for Volkswagen, which owns Audi, confirmed he was being held. Munich prosecutors said they had acted because of a risk that Mr Stadler might seek to suppress evidence. The […]

Diesel emissions scandal: VW fined €1bn by German prosecutors

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From BBC Car giant Volkswagen has been fined €1bn (£880m) by German prosecutors over its diesel emissions scandal. The Braunschweig public prosecutor found VW had sold more than 10 million cars between mid-2007 and 2015 that had emissions-test-cheating software installed. The car firm said it did not plan to appeal against the fine. VW said […]

Two killed in Germany as van ploughs into crowd in Muenster

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From BBC Two people have been killed in the western German city of Muenster after a van drove into people sitting outside restaurants. The driver of the vehicle, who has not yet been officially identified, died after shooting himself at the scene. About 20 people were injured in the incident, six seriously, which occurred near […]

Volkswagen pleads guilty to diesel cheating, as if it had a choice

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By Mike Wehner From BGR It’s been nearly two years since news of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating first broke, and the months since have been filled with recalls, buybacks, and lots and lots of money flying out of the company’s bank account and into the pockets of affected customers. But despite the company’s swift and […]

VW pleads guilty to criminal charges in ‘Dieselgate’ scandal

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By Ashlee Kieler From Consumerist We knew it was coming, but now it’s official: Volkswagen, as part of asettlement agreement with the Department of Justice, pleaded guilty Friday to three felony counts related to its “Dieselgate” scandal.  Reuters reports that VW general counsel Manfred Doess entered the guilty plea in U.S. District Count in Detroit. […]

VW reaches $4.3 billion settlement over criminal allegations for ‘Dieselgate’

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By Ashlee Kieler From Consumerist Days after federal authorities arrested a Volkswagen executive in connection with the company’s ongoing “Dieselgate” scandal, the carmaker says it has reached a $4.3 billion settlement to resolve allegations of criminal wrongdoing.  Reuters reports that the settlement with the Department of Justice and U.S. Customs, which is still subject to approval […]

iNews Briefs & Community Events

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Update: Cayman Islands Shooting Incidents on Monday, 26 December From RCIPS he two victims in two separate shooting incidents that occurred on Monday, 26 December, near the Fete Night Club on West Bay Road and Super C’s Restaurant on Watercourse Road in West Bay, are both undergoing treatment and are in stable condition. Police are […]

One country has kept Volkswagen’s global sales from cratering after its emissions scandal

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By Benjamin Zhang From Business Insider In the year since the revelation of Volkswagen’s catastrophic emissions cheating scandal last September, the German brand’s reputation has been left in shambles. But as its reputation with many consumers lay in tatters, the brand’s sales have not only not cratered — it’s actually increased. In the first nine […]