In the wake of German court rulings in favor of plaintiffs seeking compensation following Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal, the company has decided to forego the appeals process and agree to begin a buyback program, Reuters reports. This is a significant reversal of position for the German automaker as VW has long held that its emissions work-arounds did not violate European laws and thus didn't warrant any sort of compensation program like those implemented in the United States. http://reut.rs/2t3IeTo
Subaru has released pricing information for the 2018 Legacy. The updated model starts at $22,195, which makes it more expensive than last year's base model by a few hundred bucks. The top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited trim starts at $31,945.
Mytaxi, a Daimler-owned Uber rival, is expanding its presence in Europe. The company recently bought a Romanian rival named Clever Taxi to reach more customers, according to Automotive News. The acquisition gives Mytaxi instant market share without having to fight for it. http://bit.ly/2t1ql83
Looking ahead, Lamborghini is open to the idea of launching a four-seater sports car. The model would arrive "in the 2025 to 2030 horizon; we are already thinking about it," according to company boss Stefano Domenicali.
Subaru will introduce its very first electric car in 2021, according to British magazine Auto Express. To cut costs, the battery-powered model will be based on an existing car, not a standalone model. Details such as range and pricing will be announced closer to the model's unveiling.
Outspoken Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern said the next Defender is "not far away." He explained the model needs to appeal to owners of the original truck while luring a new generation of buyers into showrooms. "The anticipation is incredible," he concluded. http://bit.ly/2t195Q8
The WannaCry cyberattack continues to claim victims. Honda recently had to temporarily shut down a factory in Japan after its computer systems were attacked by the virus, according to CNET's Roadshow. http://cnet.co/2t0NaIN
Subaru has released pricing information for the updated 2018 Outback. Pricing starts at $26,810, which represents a slight increase over the 2017 model. The Japanese brand has also bumped its destination charge by $40 up to $915.