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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler terminated over dieselgate

Volkswagen on Tuesday terminated Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler after lengthy discussions between the automaker's legal team and its board of directors. Stadler, who has been jailed since June in Germany, was also stripped of his position on VW's board of management. "Due to his ongoing pretrial detention, he is unable to fulfill his duties as...

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Audi names new R&D boss

Audi on Monday named Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler as its new R&D chief. Rothenpieler will replace the automaker's current R&D chief Peter Mertens on November 1. Mertens only took up the job in May 2017 but has decided to step down due to health reasons. “Over the past 16 months, we have initiated a comprehensive transformation at technical...

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Bentley Mulsanne recalled over rearview camera quirk

Even the pinnacle of luxury can fall victim to recalls. In this case, it's Bentley's range-topping Mulsanne sedan. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recieved notice on September 14 that Bentley will recall 10 vehicles over a rearview camera defect. According to NHTSA and the brand's letter of acknowledgment, the Mulsanne's rearview...

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Lotus to transform Hethel headquarters, build new customer experience center

The Lotus headquarters will soon undergo a transformation. The company has submitted plans for a new customer experience center, heritage center and museum. Lotus' Friday announcement comes as the company celebrates 70 years since founder Colin Chapman built his first car, and the Hethel, England headquarters plan comes as the latest investment in an...

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VW chooses Microsoft as tech partner for digital services, mobility

Volkswagen plans to invest $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025, and it has named Microsoft as its partner for future endeavors. VW announced Friday it has entered a strategic partnership with Microsoft for all future digital services and mobility efforts. Microsoft will advise and work alongside VW as it implements its connected vehicle fleet and...

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Volkswagen developing virtual test drivers for self-driving tech

Volkswagen wants to one day forego real-world testing for self-driving technology. As a result, the German auto giant announced it is developing virtual "test drivers" of the sort to validate self-driving technology. The brand calls it "virtual validation," and the process could help technologies come to market quicker than ever. It's something Ford is also...

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Cadillac moving its headquarters back to Detroit from New York

The Cadillac brand will return to Detroit after a controversial relocation to New York City in 2015. The brand's new president, Steve Carlisle, announced the relocation in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The move back to Detroit follows the departure of former Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. The executive abruptly left General...

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Dieter Zetsche to pass Daimler leadership role to Ola Källenius in 2019

A high-level executive shuffle is underway at German auto giant Daimler, parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands. Daimler confirmed Wednesday that longtime CEO Dieter Zetsche will pass the reins to current sales chief Ola Källenius in 2019. Källenius will also be responsible for the leadership role at Mercedes. Zetsche won't be leaving the...

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Porsche is done with diesels–this time for real

Porsche wasn't able to avoid the recent diesel emissions scandal that afflicted a number of Volkswagen Group brands, with a diesel version of its popular Cayenne SUV among the vehicles fitted with emissions cheating software. With regulators now tightening emissions standards and placing extra scrutiny on diesel emissions in particular, Porsche has decided...

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Audi launches car subscription service in Dallas

Three years after launching its Audi On Demand short rental service, the German premium brand has waded into the full-blown car subscription segment with Audi Select. Audi announced Thursday that the new Audi Select car subscription service will launch in Dallas, Texas, starting with a flat subscription fee of $1,395 per month. Unlike Audi On Demand, which...

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