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Everything Interesting About Volkswagen's New Electric Microbus 

Volkswagen pulled the sheet of a modernized re-incarnation of the venerable Microbus for the third (fourth if you count the two-tone T6 Multivan, or fifth if you count the Space Up!) time yesterday at CES. What lurked under that sheet is called BUDD-e, and it’s either fascinating or disappointing, depending on what…

How Volkswagen Went From Being The Most Honest Car Company To The Least Honest 

I read two Volkswagen-related things yesterday, a record low number for me. One was our story about the EPA’s new suspicions of software-emissions cheating in their diesel V6 engines, and the other was an ad for the VW Type 2 Bus from 1967. VW’s gains in automotive technology are staggering, but somehow on par with…

Did One Company Spot Volkswagen's Diesel Deception Six Years Before Anyone Else?

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the European Union, and Volkswagen leadership themselves claim to be shocked—shocked!—by the diesel scandal that continues to necrotize its way through the company, one small group of people says they’ve been talking about it for years. It’s just that nobody was…

Volkswagen Bragged About The Effects Of Diesel Cheating For Years

When it was revealed that VW had installed cheating devices on diesel vehicles as far back as 2008, it was played off as a mistake unknown to most of the company. But back in 2008, VW’s marketing enjoyed exploiting the performance of the illegal technology, bragging that vehicles outperformed EPA testing in the real…

Volkswagen Admits 'Defeat Device' On 11 Million Engines Worldwide, Sets Aside $7.2B

Things just went from catastrophic to apocalyptic as Volkswagen just admitted that the emission test cheating engine management software at the center of the Dieselgate controversy is installed in 11 million Volkswagen Group cars worldwide. They also say they’ll set aside $7.2 billion in just the third quarter to…

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Understanding The 'Test Mode' That Let VW Trick The Emissions Test

Volkswagen faces a maximum fine of $18 billion for having diesels that are much dirtier in real world driving than during the EPA’s mandated tests. But how does a car know it is being tested? Consumer Reports explains that the method is simple and uses a feature common in modern cars — but VW is in hot water over how…

Your Guide To Dieselgate: Volkswagen's Diesel Cheating Catastrophe 

Yes, it’s a catastrophe. There’s no other way to describe the allegations from the Environmental Protection Agency that Volkswagen cheated on their emissions tests with nearly half a million TDI diesel cars. What’s at stake here? Potentially billions in fines, criminal prosecutions, VW’s reputation, and maybe even the…

Fill This Volkswagen Van Cooler With Snapple and Other Hippy Drinks

It was an endearing symbol of the ‘60s, but the iconic Volkswagen Van has since becomes a sought-after and expensive collectible. And while you can’t quit your job and drive across the country in this VW Van cooler, it’s a slightly cheaper way to dodge grown-up responsibilities—at least for a weekend.