Ryan Beene

Washington D.C. -- Volkswagen, Audi Reporter

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Unlikely hitch for VW dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16
Two months into the emissions cheating scandal that has sullied the Volkswagen brand, dealers are running into an unexpected challenge: They don't have enough vehicles to ...

Spiraling VW scandal shakes faith in execs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8
The true dimensions of the crisis surrounding VW no longer seem clear. Fresh EPA charges of emissions-rigging in the U.S. tarnished the vaunted Porsche brand and cast a l ...

Audi's A3 e-tron to pave way for electrified vehicle push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1
Audi's A3 Sportback e-tron launch is far more important to the brand than its modest 5,000-vehicle annual sales goal would suggest. ...

Price drops on used VW diesels gather speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
Prices for used Volkswagen diesels have accelerated their decline as the automaker's emissions scandal entered its second month with no definitive word from VW on its rep ...

Repair shops could get airbag recall work

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
NHTSA officials see a possible role for independent repair shops to help with the Takata recall. ...

NHTSA to decide soon on steps to speed Takata airbag repairs

11:26 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will decide by Thanksgiving whether to order additional measures to speed up the recalls of more than 19 millio ...

A month into VW scandal, no sales meltdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
The inability to sell diesel vehicles because of the stop-sale order is taking a toll, but dealers say they have yet to see an exodus of customers from their showrooms as ...

Dust still unsettled for VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18
Volkswagen's U.S. dealers appreciate the cash relief they're getting from headquarters. What they need now are answers. ...

U.S. House panel proposes sweeping reforms for recalls, fuel economy, emissions, cybersecurity

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Automakers would earn credits for meeting fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions targets by installing crash-avoidance and connected-car technologies on new vehicles u ...

As crisis grows, Volkswagen dealers fear cash won't be enough

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
A package of special programs to help U.S. ...

VW's Horn takes heat, scolds his bosses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
In testimony before a U.S. ...

Which brands, models stand to gain from VW's woes?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11
Who stands to benefit from VW's emissions scandal? Time will tell, but a look at cross-shopping patterns gives a few clues about where VW shoppers may go if the stop-sale ...

Older VW diesels will need software and hardware fixes, Horn tells lawmakers

UPDATED: 10/8/15 4:02 pm ET - adds EPA testimony
A software fix won't be enough to bring most of the 482,000 vehicles involved in its emissions violations scandal into compliance with U.S. ...

VW's 2016 diesel sales 'months' away

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8
Volkswagen of America isn't expected to begin selling 2016 models with 2.0-liter diesel engines for several months as the EPA plans to subject the vehicles to a battery o ...

VW withdraws EPA application for '16 models with 2-liter diesels

UPDATED: 10/7/15 6:15 pm ET - adds details
Volkswagen withdrew its application for EPA certification for 2016 models with 2.0-liter diesel engines until they comply with U.S. emissions standards. ...

VW offers $2,000 loyalty bonus to avert defections

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5
Volkswagen is offering a $2,000 incentive to prevent U.S. owners from abandoning the brand following its violation of diesel emissions tests. ...

VW's Horn must use his candor wisely

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
VW of America CEO Michael Horn's candor could be his best asset or his Achilles' heel as he assumes the burden of being Volkswagen's public face in the U.S. ...

Amid scandal, VW sales flat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
In a broadly stronger market, Volkswagen of America saw roughly flat U.S. sales in September. ...

VW emissions violations put self-certification under new scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4
VW's diesel scandal has exposed holes in the U.S. emissions testing regime, prompting regulators to launch new tests. ...

VW's Horn to face U.S. House panel over emissions violations

6:38 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn will go before a U.S. House panel next week to answer questions from lawmakers about the company's violations of U.S. diesel emissi ...

Scandal-plagued VW brand ekes out gain

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Volkswagen of America finished a scandal-ridden month with roughly flat U.S. sales, defying forecasts that a mid-month halt to diesel vehicle sales and a black eye to its ...

Audi details U.S. diesel models with 'defeat device' software

5:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Audi of America has sold about 14,300 A3 compact cars powered by 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines with software implicated in Volkswagen AG's emissions scandal. ...

Fiat Chrysler says it under-reported death, injury claims

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has found “significant” under-reporting of deaths and injuries possibly linked to safety defects in its vehicles, the National Highw ...

New A8 will launch Lichte's Audi design strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Audi's all-new A8 flagship sedan, due in 2017, will launch a new styling direction for the brand. ...

Spiraling diesel crisis deals another blow to VW's frustrated dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Revelations of cheating and subsequent leadership turmoil at VW add more burdens to VW dealers already seething over a poor product mix, sagging sales and profitability, ...
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