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Volkswagen Being Investigated for Tax Evasion

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As if getting caught cheating on emissions test wasn’t enough, the Volkswagen Group is now being investigated for tax evasion. The large German carmaker is now associated with the word ‘scandal’ and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.

The goal of the investigation is to see if Volkswagen committed tax evasion as a result of underreporting CO2 emissions related to hundreds of thousands of vehicles spanning their Audi, Seat, Skoda, and Volkswagen brands. Prosecutors suspect the company might have even committed fraud.

Speaking to , a member of the prosecutor’s office said the potential damage caused by the possible tax evasion are “not insignificant.”

Volkswagen has revealed that some 800,000 of their vehicles, mainly in Europe, had “unexplained inconsistencies” in their CO2 output (a key measure used in setting tax rates for motor vehicles) and estimated the financial risk of the manipulation at about 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion), including payments for missed taxes.

The company is in full cooperation with the German Federal Vehicle and Transport Authority (KBA) to determine new CO2 figures for the affected vehicles.

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Charge Your Volkswagen Electric Car At Walmart

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Walmart’s quest to become everything for everyone will see the addition of EV charging stations for Volkswagen electric vehicles at its stores.

Volkswagen’s Electrify America, a business unit established as part of the company’s emissions scandal settlement, has announced plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 100 Walmart store locations in 34 states in 2019. The Walmart charging stations are part of a broader goal to have 2,000 chargers up and running at nearly 500 charging stations across the U.S.

In an interview with Reuters, Mark Vanderhelm, vice president for energy at Walmart, stated:

“We recognize that electric vehicles are going to grow and become more relevant. We are trying to get out in front of that.”

Wayne Killen, Electrify America’s senior director for infrastructure, told that 80 percent of the Walmart charging stations will be at store locations alongside highways, while the rest will be at stores in more metro locations. Volkswagen and Walmart plan to have all the chargers installed by mid-2019.

Charge your electric VW while shopping or doing your groceries and then grab something to eat at the McDonald’s…

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2019 VW Arteon R-Line Package Ups The Sporty Vibe

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2019 VW Arteon R-Line

When the sleek new Volkswagen Arteon goes on sale in America, it will be available with an R-Line Package that enhances its sporty vibe.

The Arteon R-Line features unique 19- or 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a restyled front bumper incorporating air intakes with a gloss black finish, R-Line air inlets and cover panels, a gloss black rear spoiler, and R-Line badging.

Inside, the strictly cosmetic package adds contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, metallic accents, a black headliner, and stainless-steel sport pedal covers and door sills with with the R-Line logo. VW’s designers even went the extra mile to include the R-Line logo within the startup screen of the infotainment system.

All Arteon models are powered by a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine that produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. A 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is optional.

The Volkwagen Arteon R-Line Package will be available in fall 2018.

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New, 2019 VW Touareg Is Bigger, Lighter, More Attractive – Has Big Touchscreen

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New, 2019 VW Touareg SUV, front

Volkswagen has unveiled the third generation VW Touareg, and it looks downright impressive inside and out.

The all-new, 2019 Volkswagen Touareg adopts an attractive, more streamlined and futuristic design than its predecessor, with the front end drawing inspiration from the Arteon. Notable highlights include a wide barred grille flanked by LED ‘matrix’ headlights with a whopping 128 LEDs per unit.

Volkswagen’s flagship SUV is slightly shorter than before but around three inches longer and nearly two inches wider. Despite the increase in overall size, it manages to be 234 pounds (106 kg) lighter thanks to the use of more aluminum and high strength steel in its construction.

As attractive as the exterior is, it is the interior of the new Touareg that really stands out. It is roomier, more luxurious and premieres the company’s new “Innovision Cockpit,” which boasts a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a massive 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It is also available with the latest safety and assistance technologies, including a thermal imaging camera, head-up display, semi-automated steering and lane keeping, and front cross-traffic assist.

The Touareg is based on the VW Group’s MLB platform, the same one that underpins the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7 and even the new Lamborghini Urus super SUV. Engineers upgraded the chassis with a new roll stabilization system featuring electromechanically-controlled anti-roll bars and an active all-wheel steering system that is said to make the “Touareg handle like a compact car.”

The engine lineup will initially consist of two diesel engines, ranging from 231 PS (228 HP) to 286 PS (282 HP); a gasoline V6 rated at 340 PS (335 HP); and a turbodiesel V8 with 421 PS (415 HP). A 367 PS (362 HP) plug-in hybrid powertrain is being prepared for China.

Volkswagen has made no mention of the new Touareg being offered in North America.

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