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    VW Group names former BMW executive Duesmann as Audi CEO

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    Volkswagen Group said former BMW executive Markus Duesmann will head its Audi brand, effective April 1. Current Audi chief Bram Schot, 58, will leave the company by “amicable mutual agreement” on March 31, VW Group said. Duesmann, 50, is an engine development expert and former head of purchasing at BMW. Duesmann is an “excellent engineer” […] More

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    VW Canada drops front-wheel drive on Atlas models

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    Volkswagen Canada is deleting front-wheel drive entirely on its large SUVs, first with the upcoming mid-size two-row 2020 Atlas Cross Sport as it launches in March 2020 and later in the refreshed three-row 2021 Atlas that will arrive by the end of the second quarter next year. The move will mark the first time that an […] More

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    Volkswagen charged with violating Canada’s vehicle emission standards

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    German automaker Volkswagen on Monday was charged with importing nearly 128,000 vehicles into Canada contravening the country’s environmental legislation, a Canadian government agency said. Volkswagen was charged with 60 counts of breaching the Canadian Environmental Protection Act by importing vehicles that did not conform to prescribed emission standards, Environment and Climate Change Canada said. The charges […] More

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    Volkswagen intends to plead guilty to environment charges, but case put over

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    Volkswagen’s attempts to plead guilty to all 60 Canadian charges it faces in an international emissions scandal were put on hold Friday as an environmental lawyer argued the court should hear victim impact statements. The federal government charged the behemoth this week with 58 infractions of the Environmental Protection Act, as well as two counts […] More

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    VW outfits new Golf with digital cockpit

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    Volkswagen engineered its latest Golf to be its most technologically advanced model to date. The exterior is familiar, but inside the compact hatchback has a fully digital instrument cluster that can be configured by using its multifunction steering wheel. “The real revolution is in the interior,” said Nicole Hempe, the Golf’s product marketing manager. “With […] More

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    VW fined a record $196.5M in emissions scandal after pleading guilty

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    TORONTO — Volkswagen was ordered Wednesday to pay $196.5 million to the Canadian government for importing cars that secretly violated the country’s emissions standards, a record-setting fine an Ontario judge said marks “a new era” in environmental protection. Judge Enzo Rondinelli handed down the fine hours after the company formally pleaded guilty to all 60 environmental charges […] More

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    VW, Electrify Canada offer 2020 e-Golf owners free charging

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    Volkswagen Canada and its subsidiary Electrify Canada are teaming up to offer two years of complimentary 30-minute charging sessions to owners of the 2020 e-Golf. Customers who purchased the vehicle can enroll in and manage their charging plan through the newly launched Electrify Canada mobile app, available for Android and iPhone. Drivers can then redeem 30-minute […] More

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    Automakers help source and pay for PPE needed by dealers

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    Dealers tasked with implementing health-and-safety protocols are getting varying degrees of automaker support ranging from sourcing sought-after personal protective equipment to covering part of the cost of supplies designed to combat COVID-19. Alex Digenis, who owns two franchised dealerships and a used-vehicle store in Ontario’s Niagara region, estimated the bill to install plexiglass barriers and […] More

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