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'Back on track' VW derailed by widening probes

Top Volkswagen executives had spent hours March 14 trying to convince a global audience of journalists and analysts that VW was "back on track" after its three-year diesel scandal.

VW's Schmidt to remain in U.S. custody until trial next year

Oliver Schmidt, the VW executive incarcerated since January when he tried to return to his native Germany after a Florida vacation, will remain in custody until his trial early next year.

As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio

When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, were they at a VW press conference or at a pop concert?

Mueller says VW 'is back on track'; CEO not ruling out talks with FCA

The world's largest automaker, Volkswagen, “is back on track” even as it works through its global diesel scandal, its CEO said. And he isn't ruling out talking about a merger with FCA.

As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio

When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, were they at a VW press conference or at a pop concert?

Will Jeep Wrangler pickup be forged from a Ram platform?

Might Fiat Chrysler's long-awaited Wrangler-based pickup show up on dealer lots as a Ram in Jeep's clothing?

Does Marchionne grasp lessons of GM-PSA?

The GM-PSA deal comes as vindication for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, who for years has been preaching about the need for consolidation. But does he grasp the broader lesson of the deal?

Volkswagen becomes a felon

After nine years of hiding its illicit, covert actions and at least a year of actively trying to deceive regulators, Volkswagen fully admitted its guilt, pleading guilty to three felonies related to widespread emissions...

VW's brawny successor to the CC

Volkswagen's new Arteon Gran Turismo premium sedan will be a more muscular-looking successor to the CC when in arrives in the U.S. next year as a 2019 model.

VW pleads guilty to 3 felonies in deal to settle U.S. emissions case

UPDATED: 3/10/17 11:24 am ET - adds details

The plea deal in the United States comes nearly three months after the automaker reached a consent agreement with the Competition Bureau of Canada to pay a CDN $15 million penalty.

VW pleads guilty to 3 felonies in deal to settle U.S. emissions case

UPDATED: 3/10/17 11:24 am ET - adds details

Volkswagen Group pleaded guilty to three U.S. felony counts to settle criminal charges over widespread emissions violations. VW agreed to pay $4.

Volkswagen to replace CC with Arteon

VW's new premium sedan, the Arteon Gran Turismo, will replace the CC and slot above the Passat in the brand's global lineup. The VW Arteon will go on sale in mid-June in Germany, but it won't make it to the U.S.

Volkswagen to replace CC with Arteon in 2018

VW's new premium sedan, the Arteon Gran Turismo, will replace the CC and slot above the Passat in the brand's global lineup. It won't make it to Canada until next year as a 2019 model.

Waiting rooms can be ... fun?

A few pinball and video-game machines in the service lounge can leave customers engaged and perhaps even excited about coming back, says the CEO of New England's Prime Motor Group.

Fiat 500e leases for less than a smartphone

The Fiat 500e -- the car FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne once told consumers not to buy because he lost $14,000 on each sale -- was being advertised for as little as $69 per month for a 36-month lease.

VW's Schmidt loved U.S. long before facing federal charges

Oliver Schmidt played a key role in a 2005 VW project designed to figure out what American consumers wanted. The German-born VW executive is now awaiting trial in a Michigan jail on charges tied to VW's conspiracy to skirt U.

VOLKSWAGEN: VW up 13% on Golf; Audi gains again on crossovers

VW sales continued to rebound in February following the automaker's diesel emissions scandal, rising 13 percent, while Audi sales climbed 17 percent last month, the luxury brand's 74th consecutive sales record.

FCA: Sales fall 10% despite Ram boost

Fiat Chrysler extended its losing streak to six consecutive months in February, falling 10 percent with only Ram brand pulling out a small sales gain in the month.

Mercedes may join U.S. midsize-pickup party

The U.S. midsize pickup segment is undergoing a sales resurgence and an accompanying product blitz. It may get even more crowded as German executives last week hinted that the Mercedes-Benz X class might come to the U.S.

EPA boosts VW e-Golf mpg, range ratings for '17

An upgraded lithium ion battery pack and electric motor helped boost the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf's mpg and range ratings.

Jeep Compass priced from $22,090

The redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass will start at more than $22,000. The compact crossover is expected to be the second most-fuel efficient Jeep after the Renegade.

VW exec Schmidt pleads not guilty, but must stay behind bars, judge says

UPDATED: 2/24/17 7:21 am ET -- adds details, links

Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt will remain behind bars as an extreme flight risk even after not-guilty pleas were entered on his behalf during his arraignment Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

FCA's quality woes are systemic

Take a good look at today's J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. Scroll down that long list of brands. There they are: FCA's brands, bringing up the rear. Looks familiar, doesn't it?

Former FCA quality chief Betts named to key post at J.D. Power

Doug Betts, the former head of quality for Fiat Chrysler, has been named senior vice president of global automotive operations for J.D. Power and Associates.

Will FCA become more attractive to GM?

Now that General Motors is potentially selling off its European brand Opel to PSA, there is one way the automaker could stay in Europe and remain profitable: by finally taking up FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne's offer to merge.

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