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  • California orders Volkswagen to build more electric-car charging stations in poor neighborhoods

    06/16/2017 7:06:51 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 60 replies
    business insider ^ | 15 June 2017 | Peter Henderson
    California legislators on Thursday tightened rules requiring Volkswagen to spend a portion of clean car infrastructure funds in disadvantaged communities, passing a bill as part of a budget package agreed with Governor Jerry Brown. The state's regulator, the Air Resources Board, last month told VW to "make every attempt" to invest 35 percent of the first 30-month investment cycle in disadvantaged communities disproportionately affected by air pollution.
  • Volkswagen's Diesel Scandal Was 80 Years in the Making

    05/23/2017 6:41:38 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 43 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | 23 May 2017 | NICHOLAS CLAIRMONT
    Just the fact that the [Nazi-era Volkswagenwerks] factory basically functioned as a concentration camp during the war, and also that the members of the Porsche family, primarily Ferdinand Porsche and Anton Piëch, absconded with the cash in the final days of the war and then later built the private company in order to justify taking the money. There's also the financial factor, where a lot of Volkswagen owners in Germany were basically getting nothing and saying, "Why do the Americans get so much, and we get nothing?"
  • Fully Compliant in Bringing Down VW: What Ultimate Good did the Volkswagen Whistleblower do?

    04/29/2017 7:19:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 04/27/2017 | Eric Peters
    Late last week, it was revealed who squealed. The guy responsible for making it impossible for any of us to buy a diesel-powered Volkswagen henceforth — and a lot more — is Stuart Johnson, the former head of VW’s Engineering and Environmental Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was outed in a book written about the VW “cheating” business by New York Times reporter Jack Ewing. Johnson, of course, is about to get everything short of a ticker-tape parade. A bust of him will likely be cast and placed in the Hall of Mirrors — or whatever the equivalent is...
  • VOLKS WAGEN - SUICIDE BOMBER

    03/13/2017 12:47:10 PM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 5 replies
    Volkswagen's solution to suicide bombers!
  • Funniest commercial ever, from VW!!!!

    01/14/2017 11:06:22 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 30 replies
    vw commercial ^ | 1/14/2017 | self
    http://drive.google.com/file/ d/0Byng4ND1o- JLdWRoNUxFYy1nYkk/view?usp= drive_web
  • Why Volkswagen's CEO Is Annoyed With This Electric Delivery Van

    10/06/2016 6:36:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    fortune ^ | 6 Oct 2016
    German logistics giant Deutsche Post has quietly designed and made its own electric delivery van, exploiting sweeping changes in manufacturing technology that could upend the established order in the auto industry.... For commercial reasons he wouldn’t put a price on the Streetscooter, but said: “It did not cost billions to develop and produce. You will not believe how cheap it is to make.”
  • More VW cheatware 'found

    08/08/2016 6:43:39 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 52 replies
    The Register - UK ^ | August 8, 2016 | Team Register
    US watchdogs have found three pieces of so-called emissions cheatware in Volkswagen's three-liter diesel engines, according to German Sunday tabloid Bild am Sonntag. The dodgy code, we're told, lifts limits on engine output after 22 minutes of operation – that's rather convenient because air pollution tests by regulators last just 20 minutes. It's alleged this means the turbocharged direct injection engines in Audi's Q7, Porsche's Cayenne and VW's Touareg models deliberately and temporarily lower their performance so they can pass America's strict eco-friendly tests in labs – and then pump out chemicals to their mechanical hearts' content in the real...
  • Volkswagen dealers bite the dust amid emission scandal

    08/07/2016 6:25:45 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 18 replies
    koreaherald.com ^ | 7 Aug 2016 | Ahn Sung-mi
    "We hardly have visitors these days,” one salesman at the dealership said, declining to be identified. “For now, these are the only cars we can sell,” he said, pointing to the two white cars. “It’s a government’s order, so what can we do?” On Aug. 2, the Environment Ministry revoked the certification of 80 models of Audi, Volkswagen and Bentley vehicles for cheating on emissions and noise level tests. The ministry also banned them from being sold here. “Audi Volkswagen Korea would not necessarily leave the Korean market, but for dealers, they will have to go hungry,” said Kim Pil-soo,...
  • VW's Cheating Diesels Won't Be U.S.-Emissions Compliant After Recall Fix

    07/19/2016 7:55:24 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 47 replies
    R&T ^ | 19 july 2016 | CHRIS PERKINS
    The recall fix has still yet to be approved, but increasingly, it looks like the cars affected will never meet U.S emissions standards.... The fix is mainly intended for customers who decide to forgo the option of a buyback or a lease cancellation. For those who bought one of these diesel Volkswagens for environmental reasons, news of a non-emissions-compliant fix makes a buyback a much more appealing proposition. News of this comes a week after the California Air Resources Board rejected VW's proposed fix for various VW, Audi, and Porsche models equipped with emissions-cheating 3.0-liter V6 diesels. If the company...
  • Freeper Help! Decision on My VW TDI Keep or Buy Another Car and What?

    07/01/2016 1:13:39 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 113 replies
    07.01.16 | chickensoup
    Is there a Moterhead ping list? So, the Soup owns one of those baaaad TDi's that the EPA want off the road. The choice is for the Soup to give it back, pay off TDI loan and have about 11K to buy another vehicle. Or wait until they announce a fix within 2 years have it fixed and walk away with 5100 probably taxable dollars. The TDI gets 50 to the gallon and is in good shape, 2013 golf standard transmission. Another factor is it has the famous Tadaka Airbag. I like the diesel and I like the power and...
  • With TDI toxic, VW customers are moving on

    06/22/2016 10:11:25 AM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 53 replies
    Autoweek, via Automotive News ^ | 6/20/2016 | Ryan Beene
    Dennis Gaudet has had some loyal VW customers. One of them bought his past four vehicles from Gaudet’s Volkswagen store, part of the AutoServ Dealer Group in Tilton, N.H., and had been back to the VW dealership three times since the diesel scandal erupted in September for guidance on what to do with his diesel vehicle as trade-in time approached. Each time, Gaudet says, his dealership told the customer to hang tight until more was known. “He didn’t show up a fourth time,” Gaudet said. “I happened to run into him, and he was driving a Honda.” Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/vw-diesel-scandal/tdi-toxic-vw-customers-are-moving#ixzz4CKLeP4qa
  • PORSCHE REVEALS NEW V-8 ENGINE AT 37TH VIENNA MOTOR SYMPOSIUM

    05/10/2016 4:41:31 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 39 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | 9 May, 2016 | Stefan Ogbac
    Porsche unveiled a new V-8 engine at the 37th Vienna Motor Symposium that will eventually power the range-topping variants of the upcoming second-generation Panamera and the next Cayenne SUV. In addition to powering the larger vehicles in Porsche’s lineup, the new V-8 will also be used by other Volkswagen Group brands including Audi and Bentley. Featuring two twin-scroll turbochargers, the new 4.0-liter V-8 is rated at 550 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque (up from 520 hp and 516 lb-ft), which puts it just shy of the current 4.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 utilized in the 570-hp Porsche Panamera Turbo S. Despite...
  • VW Will Buy Back Some Diesel Cars, Announcing A Deal With U.S.

    04/22/2016 6:22:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | April 21, 201611:17 AM ET | Bill Chappell
    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, right, arrives for a court hearing in San Francisco Thursday. Mueller has been overseeing talks about a settlement between Volkswagen, the U.S. government, and the car company's customers. ================================================================================================================== A buyback of emissions-cheating cars was one solution Volkswagen offered in federal court Thursday, outlining an agreement between the carmaker and the Justice Department over hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles that were sold in the U.S. despite not meeting pollution standards. Car owners would be able to choose between having their vehicle fixed or accepting a buyback; financial details weren't revealed about the plan, which...
  • Why Should Volkswagen be Investigated for Emission Deception, but not Government Agencies?

    01/09/2016 10:31:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    The heat is on! Not the unusual winter warmth in much of the United States - but the unrelenting heat generated by propaganda and pressure campaigns that the White House, EPA, Big Green and news media are unleashing in the wake of the Paris climate agreement … and as a prelude to the 2016 elections. A recent Washington Post editorial laid out the strategy. The long-term warming trend is "concerning." Maybe we can't blame this year's strong El Nino "squarely on climate change," but "one paper" says the number of strong El Nino years could double. Obama's "landmark" carbon dioxide...
  • Justice Dept. Assails VW as Barra is Elevated to GM Chair

    01/05/2016 2:38:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 5, 2016 | Mark Modica
    The Obama Administration's Justice Department is now suing Volkswagen for "up to $90 billion for allegedly violating environmental law." Politically-favored General Motors was fined $900 million, or 1% of that amount, for covering up an ignition switch defect that led to the deaths of at least 124 people. At last count, the number of people who lost their lives as a result of emissions' tampering by VW stood at zero. Meanwhile, the GM board unanimoulsy elected CEO Mary Barra as its Chairman, demonstrating that it is still not independent of the White House political operation, even years after the...
  • Volkswagen faces billions in penalties as U.S. sues for environment violations

    01/04/2016 1:26:58 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-4-2016 | JULIA EDWARDS AND JOEL SCHECTMAN
    The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen AG for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by installing illegal devices to impair emission control systems in nearly 600,000 vehicles. The allegations against Volkswagen, along with its Audi and Porsche units, carry penalties that could cost the automaker billions of dollars, a senior Justice Department official said. VW could face fines in theory exceeding $90 billion - or as much as $37,500 per vehicle per violation of the law, based on the complaint. In September, government regulators initially said VW could face fines in excess of $18...
  • Consumer Reports Finds How Fuel Economy And Performance Drops When VW Diesels Stop Cheating

    11/13/2015 9:11:13 PM PST · by Cowman · 41 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 10/09/15 3:17pm | David Tracy
    So Consumer Reports decided to put a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and a 2011 Jetta Sportwagen TDI to the test. To activate the car’s cheat mode, they pumped the accelerator pedal 5 times while the ignition was in the “on position” but the engine was off. To avoid being “kicked out” of the cheat mode when the car noticed the rear, undriven wheels spinning, CR simply unplugged the rear wheel speed sensors. Simple as that. Cheat mode activated. They ran their standard Consumer Reports drive cycle. This involved a city traffic simulation on the track and a 65 MPH highway...
  • Volkswagen also lied about its gas-powered cars

    11/04/2015 5:39:00 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    engadget. ^ | 11/3/2015 | Jessica Conditt
    Volkswagen admitted in September that it used defeat devices aimed at fooling emissions tests in 11 million of its diesel vehicles -- but now its gasoline models are implicated in the scandal as well. On Tuesday, Volkswagen reported that it understated the level of carbon dioxide emissions of about 800,000 vehicles, including gasoline-powered models. This is the first confirmation that some of Volkswagen's gasoline-run vehicles do in fact exceed carbon dioxide emissions. The company didn't provide details in today's revelation, but it said the conclusion comes after conducting internal emissions tests. Volkswagen reported its findings after the markets in Europe...
  • Did One Company Spot Volkswagen's Diesel Deception Six Years Before Anyone Else?

    10/19/2015 2:48:31 PM PDT · by Cowman · 15 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 10-19-2015 | Dave Plank
    If you live in one of the more than 20 states where Opus Inspection, through its subsidiary Envirotest, operates emissions testing programs, you may have seen its “RapidScreen” trucks and, more lately, unmanned stations set up beside the road, scanning the tailpipe emissions of passing vehicles. You may even live in a state where receiving a clean bill of health from one of these trucks a couple of times a year can exempt you from having to present yourself and your car for an emissions test at registration time (though you still have to pay the inspection fee, naturally). The...
  • More VW trouble: 2016 diesels have new suspect software

    10/15/2015 2:07:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 14, 2015 | By Michael Biesecker And Tom Krisher
    A Volkswagen Touareg diesel is tested in the Environmental Protection Agency's cold temperature test facility, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Volkswagen has disclosed to U.S. regulators that there's additional suspect software in its 2016 diesel models that would potentially help their exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) **************************************************************************************************************************************** U.S. regulators say they have a lot more questions for Volkswagen, triggered by the company's recent disclosure of additional suspect software in 2016 diesel models that potentially would help exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests. That's more bad news for VW dealers looking for...