Invasive stink bugs could make life a lot smellier in the northern U.S. as climate change expands their habitat, study suggests
Now that it's autumn, people could see stink bugs creeping into their homes "by the thousands." One study suggests that within a few decades, even more people will be impacted.cbsnews.com
Talk of war frustrates Ukrainian border town residents
In Dobryanka, locals have been hearing about various Russian military drills near Ukraine for much of the past year. Some seem more exhausted than frightened by all the talk of war. 87-year-old Lidiya Silina has a clear idea about who is to blame for the most dangerous standoff between the Kremlin and the West since the Cold War. "The Ukrainians could start something, thanks to the Americans and the British, who brought all their weapons here," she says.news.yahoo.com
Edmunds says goodbye to five discontinued vehicles for 2022
With that comes the need to cycle older models out. With this in mind, Edmunds’ experts highlighted five outgoing vehicles that will be gone after the 2021 model year. While there are reasons behind each vehicle’s discontinuation, it’s possible you might want one before they’re sold out.news.yahoo.com
Volkswagen hoaxes media with fake statement on name change
The company’s false statement was distributed again Tuesday, saying the brand-name change reflected a shift to more battery-electric vehicles. AdThe company’s fake news release, leaked on Monday and then repeated in a mass e-mail to reporters Tuesday, resulted in articles about the name change in multiple media outlets, including The Associated Press. In falsely announcing a name change, the company went beyond telling reporters that its news release was legitimate. The fake release could land Volkswagen in trouble with U.S. securities regulators because its stock price rose nearly 5% on Tuesday, the day the bogus statement was officially issued. It was updated on March 30, 2019, to correct Volkswagen' of America's false statement that it would change its name to Voltswagen of America.
VW to ramp up battery cell production with six 'gigafactories' in Europe
Volkswagen is looking to ramp up battery cell production for electric vehicles in the coming years, with the German car giant announcing Monday that it was aiming to establish several "gigafactories" in Europe by the end of the decade. In its own announcement Monday, Northvolt said it had received a $14 billion battery cell order from Volkswagen, which will increase its ownership stake in the Swedish battery maker. On the charging front, VW said it planned to operate roughly 18,000 "public fast-charging points" in Europe by the year 2025. In China another joint venture, CAMS, will aim for 17,000 fast-charging points by the middle of this decade. In North America, plans are in place for roughly 3,500 fast-charging points by the end of 2021.cnbc.com
Volkswagen weathers pandemic with $10.7 billion profit
(AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)FRANKFURT – Volkswagen said Friday it made better than expected profit of 8.8 billion euros ($10.7 billion) after tax in 2020 despite the pandemic. 2 automaker said the rapid recovery of China, its largest single market, and resilient sales of luxury vehicles helped the bottom line. Manufacturing companies like Germany's three big carmakers — Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler — have seen their sales and earnings hold up better than those for services, tourism and air travel companies. It tripled its sales of electric vehicles to 422,000 ahead of stricter European Union limits on emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas blamed for global warming. The company's brands include luxury carmakers Audi and Porsche, where profits per vehicle are higher than for more basic transportation.
VW recalls Beetles to replace Takata air bag inflators
(AP Photo/Jens Meyer, FILE)DETROIT – Volkswagen is recalling over 105,000 Beetles with faulty Takata front driver’s air bags that can explode and hurl shrapnel. Dealers will replace the front driver's air bags at no cost to owners starting on Feb. 12. But it's recalling them at the behest of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is concerned that the air bags could explode over time. Exploding Takata inflators caused the largest series of auto recalls in U.S. history, with at least 63 million inflators recalled. About 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide.
Former Audi chief on trial in VW diesel emissions scandal
Rupert Stadler, former CEO of German car manufacturer Audi, arrives at a district court in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Stadler stands trial in Germany over the "dieselgate" emissions scandal, five years after parent company VW admitted responsibility. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)FRANKFURT – The former head of Volkswagen's Audi luxury car division and three others went on trial Wednesday on charges related to the company's cheating on diesel car emissions tests. Former development executive Wolfgang Hatz and two other engineers are charged with developing 3.0 liter diesel engines for Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche that used the illegal software. The case involves 250,700 Audi vehicles, 71,600 Volkswagen vehicles, and 112,100 Porsche vehicles mostly sold on the U.S. and European markets.
VW unveils new global ID.4 electric SUV; U.S. production starts in 2022
Volkswagen revealed the new ID.4 electric SUV on Sept. 23, 2020— the brand's first long-range EV to be sold in the U.S. VolkswagenVolkswagen AG will leverage its global footprint to profitably produce a new all-electric SUV called the ID.4. Pricing excludes an up to $7,500 federal tax credit to purchase electric vehicles. Keogh declined to disclose the kilowatt per hour cost, a common industry measure of the cost of electric vehicles batteries, of the ID.4's battery. Unlike many automakers releasing vehicles to compete against Tesla – the industry's electric vehicle leader – VW is targeting the car at mainstream consumers who may be new to electric vehicles. Volkswagen revealed the new ID.4 electric SUV on Sept. 23, 2020— the brand's first long-range EV to be sold in the U.S. Volkswagencnbc.com
What's the best way to lift a coronavirus lockdown? Germany could have the answers
Perhaps, then, it's time to look to Germany for how to lift the lockdown too. Under controlGermany has 147,065 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), and has registered 4,862 deaths. "The next stage is getting economies reopen, and again Germany is in a better position because of more testing and contact data. In the continuing absence of good data, the U.K. would be wise to watch carefully what Germany does," he noted. A lady walks past a sign in Berlin, Germany advising people to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.cnbc.com
Volkswagen offers new take on its all-electric future with Space Vizzion Concept
A Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion Concept car. Space Vizzion concept is a preview of a production vehicle that the automaker plans to release in late 2021. In the Space Vizzion Concept, a single, rear-mounted motor produces 275 horsepower. It's in the cabin that the Space Vizzion concept looks its most, well, spacey. A Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion Concept car.cnbc.com
Volkswagen's last Beetle to leave factory this week
After roughly seven decades of production and three generations of designs, Volkswagen is retiring its iconic Beetle. (CNN) - After roughly seven decades of production and three generations of designs, Volkswagen is retiring its iconic Beetle. Volkswagen created new Beetle generations in 1998 and 2012. "It's impossible to imagine where Volkswagen would be without the Beetle," Volkswagen of America president and CEO Scott Keogh said in a statement. The final Beetle to roll off the assembly line will be displayed at a Volkswagen museum in Puebla, the company said.