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Polish watchdog fines Volkswagen over 'dieselgate' scandal


Poland’s consumer watchdog UOKiK said on Wednesday it was fining Volkswagen more than 120 million zlotys ($31.6 million) for misleading customers about the emissions of its vehicles.

The fine, the biggest ever given by the regulator for violation of consumer rights, is the latest chapter in a global emissions cheating scandal that has cost Volkswagen about 30 billion euros in fines, vehicle refits and legal costs, and also triggered a global backlash against diesel vehicles. read more »

German prosecutors charge 6 more in VW emissions scandal


Prosecutors in Germany have filed charges against six more individuals in connection with Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, bringing the total to 11.

Prosecutors in the town of Braunschweig said Tuesday that the suspects - all Volkswagen executives at the time - were responsible for cars that had software that let them pass emissions tests in labs but then turned off pollution controls. It said the illegal actions involved took place at different times between 2006 and 2015. read more »

Autopilot Crashes Erode Faith in Tesla


In the latest development, Israel (not insignificantly the birthplace of Tesla’s first generation self-driving system) banned Tesla owners from using the feature inside its borders. The country’s Ministry of Transportation ordered the company to remind its drivers that it is illegal to turn on the self-driving Navigate on Autopilot system in their Teslas, because self-driving systems haven’t been approved for use on Israel’s roads. read more »