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Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen Group executive arrested in 2017 in relation to the dieselgate scandal, has been released from prison having served roughly half of his sentence.

A ruling issued by a court in the German city of Lueneburg allowed Schmidt to be released on parole. The 52-year-old had been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a U.S. court.

Schmidt served most of his sentence in the U.S. but in November last year, was returned to Germany to serve the rest. Auto News notes that inmates in Germany can be released after serving two thirds of their term. Parole for those that have served less than half their time is usually only granted for first-time offenders who have demonstrated good behavior and are unlikely to commit crimes in the future.

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The former executive served as the head of VW’s environmental and engineering office in Michigan and was arrested at the Miami airport on January 2017 after traveling to the U.S. with his family. During court proceedings, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the federal government and for violating the Clean Air Act.

During his original sentencing, Judge Sean F. Cox told Schmidt that “you are a key conspirator responsible for the cover-up in the United States of a massive fraud perpetrated on the American consumer.”

Schmidt was one of the first senior executives to go down in the wake of the dieselgate scandal.


Just a few months ago, Subaru unveiled their all-new BRZ, and now we get to take a glimpse at what its upcoming Toyota twin might look like ahead of its debut in the coming months thanks to some patent images filed by the company.

The patent filings were with IP Australia and they reveal the design of the front bumper’s design in full, from every angle. In typical Toyota fashion, it features a wide central grille with air intakes on either side, which serve as ducts to guide air past the front wheels.

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The design is not too dissimilar to that of Toyota’s GR Yaris and the resemblance could mean that the next-gen Toyobaru will wear the GR badge as well. In fact, if we look closely at the top right corner of the grille, there appears to be a slot for such a badge to go into.

Interestingly enough, while this bumper only serves as a limited representation of its styling, this GR 86 seems to be more in line with other Toyotas than the BRZ is with other Subarus.

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That being said, if the relationship between the previous Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ twins is indicative of anything, it’s that much of the new-generation sports cars’ styling and mechanicals will be practically identical, with the only major changes likely to be the front and rear bumpers, some details and trim in the interior and perhaps the suspension setup.

The all-new Toyota 86’s unveiling is expected to take place within the next few months, ahead of a rumored arrival late in the second half of this year alongside its Subaru twin.

Suzuki Jimny全球大缺貨的狀況已經不是一兩天、甚至一兩個月的事了,許多車迷嘆不知道到底什麼時候才能拿到車。終於,近日傳出位於印度的Maruti Suzuki目前已開始生產與出口Jimny三門車型,並傳出將於今年推出五門車型。

Jimny上市至今2年,但全球的訂單需求已遠超乎日本產線的負荷,因此選以位於擁有地理優勢的Maruti Suzuki作為生產基地,以補充產量。

由印度Maruti Suzuki所生產的Jimny車型在規格與機械結構等方面與日本工廠的版本完全相同,但特別的是,因該工廠可分別生產左駕與右駕的配置,因此可支援出口的市場也更廣泛。

目前Maruti Suzuki的第一批產量共計184台,已從印度的芒德拉(Mundra)港口出口,將率先運往至非洲、拉丁美洲及中東國家。

不過三門車型的Jimny並不會在印度販售,也因此Maruti Suzuki將在當地推出五門車型的Jimny,預計於今年亮相,並於年底或明天初開始銷售。

根據外媒報導指稱,車身尺碼將比三門車型更長,但仍維持不到4米的車長,動力配置上將搭載代號K15B的1.5升引擎,可繳出105匹最大馬力、14公斤米的扭力輸出,並可選擇輔以5速手排或4速自排變速箱。

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