Volkswagen May be Worlds Biggest AutoMaker

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    Volkswagen may have passed Toyota to be the world's largest automaker in sales last quarter, because of higher demand in its main markets, Reuters reported Friday, citing partial company data.

    Volkswagen, with its nine car and truck brands, increased sales in China, Germany and Brazil, which accounted for 44 percent of its total last year, the report said, without providing sales figures.

    The automaker is said to be benefiting from economic stimulus plans that have boosted sales in several countries "making it more likely that it beat Toyota or at least came close," the report found.

    In the first quarter of this year, Toyota’s sales dropped 36 percent in the U.S., and 31 percent for its Toyota- brand cars in Japan, the report said. The U.S. and Japan — which have been crippled by a deepening recession and credit crunch — account for about half of Toyota’s total sales.




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    for the money? prolly not a better made car on the market than the VW.

    funny how that works.
     
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    OH?

    ARe the finally making decent cars again?

    For a while everything they made seemed to fall apart.

    Every person I know who bought one regretted it.
     
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    That's what I was thinking. My brother has a Jetta that's . . . maybe 5 or 6 years old and he's been spending some major bucks on repairs.

    My parents have a small GE refrigerator that is over 50 years old and works like a charm. They also have their original toaster (cord/plug was replaced) from when they got married 57 years ago. I grew up where you if you took care of things, they lasted. I'm always perplexed when things don't last really, really long.
     
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    Head of Volkswagen on the chopping block...

    Volkswagen to dismiss CEO over emissions-cheating scandal: paper
    22 Sept.`15 - Volkswagen will dismiss Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper said on Tuesday, after the carmaker admitted to cheating U.S. vehicles emissions tests and said 11 million of its cars could be affected worldwide.

     
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    VW scandal splashes on Audi, Porsche...

    Volkswagen says 11 million cars hit by scandal, probes multiply
    23 Sept.`15 - Volkswagen AG <VOWG_p.DE> said a scandal over falsified U.S. vehicle emission tests could affect 11 million of its cars around the globe as investigations of its diesel models multiplied, heaping fresh pressure on CEO Martin Winterkorn.
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    California will test six-cylinder diesel engines from VW's Audi, Porsche
    Sep 23, 2015: The California Air Resources Board will broaden its testing of Volkswagen AG cars with diesel engines to include those with 3.0-liter V6 engines sold by two subsidiaries, a spokesman for the state regulator said on Tuesday.
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right, dey screwed up - now dey gotta pay the piper...

    VW chief under pressure as cheating scandal snowballs
    23 Sept.`15 - The job of Volkswagen's chief executive appeared to be on the line Wednesday over a pollution cheating scandal that has sparked a US criminal investigation and worldwide legal action with unfathomable financial consequences for the auto giant.
     
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    I saw an old Volkswagen Rabbit on the road the other day. Forgot how SMALL they were - must have been one of the first models... it was TINY!
     
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    Gee, thought dey was neutral...

    The Latest: Switzerland to ban sales of some VW group cars
    Sep 25,`15 -- The latest developments on the Volkswagen emissions scandal. All times local.
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right - dem Germermans is alla time tryin' to take over the world...

    Volkswagen scandal exposes cozy ties between industry and Berlin
    Sep 26, 2015: Angela Merkel learned early in her political career that taking on the German car industry carries risks.
     

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