Earlier, there had been speculation that Audi and Porsche were in negotiation over partnerships to enter the highest class of international motor racing.
The list of global companies cutting ties with Russia continues to grow as sanctions against Moscow rack up over its attacks on Ukraine.
The automaker has been resisting demands of reducing carbon emissions and ending production of internal combustion engine cars by 2030.
The German carmakers avoided competing on technology to restrict pollution even though they had the means to cut harmful emissions, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager says.
"We will make our entire fleet CO2 neutral by 2050 at the latest," says senior official of German carmaker.
The charges are related to a 2015 scandal when VW admitted it had equipped around 11 million vehicles with devices capable of producing fake carbon dioxide emission readings during tests.
"Volkswagen of America will not be changing its name to Voltswagen, the renaming was designed to be an announcement in the spirit of April Fool’s Day, highlighting the launch of the all-electric car," the company's US spokesperson says.
Turkey's Competition Authority discussed earlier findings from a preliminary investigation and decided to open an investigation.
As hospitals around the world face a surge of patients with breathing difficulties from Covid-19, the scarcity of ventilators has forced doctors to make life-or-death decisions. Auto manufacturers are responding to a massive global shortage.
Environmental activists are up against Tesla and the law as they try and stop the march of capitalism on their environment.
Canada's case against Volkswagen comes more than four years after the company admitted to installing software on 11 million cars worldwide to trick emissions-testing equipment into concluding the cars run more cleanly than they actually did.
Tariffs come amid an ongoing trade war between the US and China and could risk destabilising the global economy further.
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