Ryan Beene

Washington D.C. -- Volkswagen, Audi Reporter

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VW offers $2,000 loyalty bonus to avert defections

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5
Volkswagen is offering a $2,000 incentive to prevent U.S. owners from abandoning the brand following its violation of diesel emissions tests. ...

VW's Horn must use his candor wisely

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
VW of America CEO Michael Horn's candor could be his best asset or his Achilles' heel as he assumes the burden of being Volkswagen's public face in the U.S. ...

Amid scandal, VW sales flat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
In a broadly stronger market, Volkswagen of America saw roughly flat U.S. sales in September. ...

VW emissions violations put self-certification under new scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4
VW's diesel scandal has exposed holes in the U.S. emissions testing regime, prompting regulators to launch new tests. ...

VW's Horn to face U.S. House panel over emissions violations

6:38 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn will go before a U.S. House panel next week to answer questions from lawmakers about the company's violations of U.S. diesel emissi ...

Scandal-plagued VW brand ekes out gain

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Volkswagen of America finished a scandal-ridden month with roughly flat U.S. sales, defying forecasts that a mid-month halt to diesel vehicle sales and a black eye to its ...

Audi details U.S. diesel models with 'defeat device' software

5:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Audi of America has sold about 14,300 A3 compact cars powered by 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines with software implicated in Volkswagen AG's emissions scandal. ...

Fiat Chrysler says it under-reported death, injury claims

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has found “significant” under-reporting of deaths and injuries possibly linked to safety defects in its vehicles, the National Highw ...

New A8 will launch Lichte's Audi design strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Audi's all-new A8 flagship sedan, due in 2017, will launch a new styling direction for the brand. ...

Spiraling diesel crisis deals another blow to VW's frustrated dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Revelations of cheating and subsequent leadership turmoil at VW add more burdens to VW dealers already seething over a poor product mix, sagging sales and profitability, ...

VW gives Passat a major face-lift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Volkswagen revealed several updates for the 2016 Passat, including a new hood, front fenders, grille, and front and rear bumpers. ...

VW's struggling U.S. arm gains clout, loses momentum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27
From its control center in Germany, Volkswagen AG has reset the system. Now, the company's U.S. operations are waiting to see whether that means a new start or the loss o ...

The magic bullet that became an illusion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26
Until U.S. regulators revealed that VW admitted to cheating on its emissions tests, Volkswagen's "clean diesel" strategy largely worked. And it's no wonder that "clean di ...

VW puts U.S. ads on hold amid emissions scandal

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26
Volkswagen of America is further reducing its media presence in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal by putting national advertising on hold for at least the next two ...

U.S. dealers oppose possible ouster of VW executive

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24
Volkswagen's national dealer council and other dealers are publicly opposing the VW supervisory board's reported plans to dismiss Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn. ...

VW is a repeat offender on 'defeat devices'

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23
VW's software designed to hoodwink environmental regulators was hardly the first instance of automakers getting busted for running afoul of U.S. emissions rules using so- ...

FTC urged to investigate VW diesel advertising claims

UPDATED: 9/22/15 4:34 pm ET - corrected
In a widening of the U.S. government's pressure on Volkswagen, a top U.S. ...

Volkswagen offers U.S. dealers financial assistance

12:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Volkswagen of America has rolled out a series of financial assistance programs to compensate its U.S. dealers amid the company’s diesel emissions scandal. The scand ...

VW updates Passat as emission scandal looms

UPDATED: 9/21/15 10:25 am ET - adds Horn apology
For 2016, the Passat gets a much more substantial midcycle update than is VW's custom. ...

VW's diesel sales frozen until compliance is proven, EPA official says

UPDATED: 9/21/15 4:58 pm ET - adds House hearing
With its diesel car lineup grounded by an emissions-test cheating scandal, Volkswagen now bears the burden of proving that these vehicles comply with federal emissions st ...

2 senior VW executives to skip Passat event

10:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Two senior Volkswagen executives cancelled a planned appearance at a media event scheduled today to introduce the re-engineered 2016 Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan. ...

VW: Next Tiguan to get 'right content and the right price'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Volkswagen of America is counting on a bigger and more competitively priced Tiguan to gain market share in the compact crossover segment when the vehicle arrives in 2017. ...

Audi readies 2 EVs for U.S. starting in 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
A production version of Audi's e-tron quattro concept for a crossover electric vehicle shown in Frankfurt will go on sale in the U.S. in 2018, and another battery-electri ...

Wash not, want not at Calif. Honda store

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Service customers at Capitol Honda in San Jose, Calif., can get a free wash with every visit. They just can't get it at Capitol Honda. ...

VW faced ultimatum from EPA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20
In the end, federal environmental regulators gave Volkswagen an ultimatum: Offer a convincing explanation for why many of its diesel vehicles were spewing more toxic emis ...
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