Volkswagen is trying to put its tumultuous past away by focusing on the development of the new ID family of electric vehicles. But that doesn’t mean that they’re willing to give up on diesel engines completely just yet. In fact, the brand saw its diesel car sales almost double in Germany throughout 2018. That’s for the ones bought by private customers, though, (* hence the asterisk in the title), as overall deliveries of diesel cars went up by 4 points, to 43 percent last year. “In Germany, the diesel debate is emotionally charged – and frequently strays from the facts”, said VW Brand Board Member for Sales, Jurgen Stackmann. “Given its high efficiency and its performance, and in light of climate change, the diesel engine will remain an important technology for years to come, especially for those who travel long distances.” The latest generation of diesel engines developed by Volkswagen are not only more fuel efficient, but emit up to 15 … [Read more...] about What Dieselgate? Volkswagen Doubled Its Diesel Car Sales* In Germany
Yes, it’s a catastrophe. There’s no other way to describe the allegations from the Environmental Protection Agency that Volkswagen cheated on their emissions tests with nearly half a million TDI diesel cars. What’s at stake here? Potentially billions in fines, criminal prosecutions, VW’s reputation, and maybe even the future of diesel in the U.S. On Friday the EPA said VW found a way to circumvent emissions requirements during testing with a “defeat device” that lets the TDI cars detect when they are being tested and then emit far less than normal. It’s not really a device so much as it is software. When that software is not active, and the cars are operating in regular driving, they emit 10 to 40 times more than the allowable legal levels of certain pollutants. Make no mistake that this scandal is a huge deal. If the EPA’s allegations are true, VW knowingly broke the law with some of their most important products and could face severe … [Read more...] about Your Guide To Dieselgate: Volkswagen’s Diesel Cheating Catastrophe
Base-model cars can be pretty miserable — anyone who's been down to a rental agency can attest to that. They lack features and technology, and oftentimes it seems like they only exist so that a carmaker can claim that a model "starts under [insert dollar amount here]" when the models that you would actually consider buying cost thousands more. Related: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta First Drive: Reconfigured to Take on Civic, Corolla This holds true in the cars our review staff typically test at Cars.com. Much of what comes through our offices is fully loaded; we're talking top trim levels with options lists as long as your arm. Automakers want us to get a full sense of the car's capability — after all, how could we test the newest safety system or upgraded multimedia screens if they aren't equipped in the review car? Automakers are competitive, too, so if rival companies are sending out fully loaded Herbies for testing and they aren't, they run the risk of being left behind. … [Read more...] about 2019 Volkswagen Jetta: A Base Model Worth Buying?
Volkswagen has been fined one billion euros (RM4.7 billion) over diesel emissions from the company’s cars, according to Reuters. The fine was imposed by the public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig, a city in Lower Saxony, Germany for organisational deficiencies which failed to prevent “impermissible software functions” from being installed in cars between 2007 and 2015, the report said. This follows the country’s recall of 238,000 Daimler vehicles earlier this week as part of a larger, Europe-wide recall of 774,000 vehicles, and the German transport minister also threatened to sue Daimler for 3.75 billion euros should it be found to have used defeat devices in its diesel vehicles. The latest fine imposed on Volkswagen did not address civil claims or claims made by vehicle owners, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. This however concludes the regulatory offence proceedings against Volkswagen, which the automaker said would help in … [Read more...] about Dieselgate: Volkswagen fined €1 billion by Germany
One of the largest fines ever handed down in Germany Germany has fined the Volkswagen Group €1 billion ($1.5 billion) for cheating its way past emissions bench tests, as part of the long-running DieselgateThe fine was imposed by the Braunschweig (a city in Lower Saxony, Germany) public prosecutor, which is investigating the Volkswagen Group over the (seemingly never-ending) Dieselgate saga.In a prepared statement, Volkswagen says it "accepts the fine and, by doing so, admits its responsibility"in the cheating, and believes the penalty is a "further major step towards the [crisis] being overcome".The fine relates to the "impermissible software function" fitted to the EA288 Gen3 diesel engine sold in the USA and Canada, and EA189 diesel motor sold throughout the world. From mid-2007 to late-2015, around 10.7 million vehicles were fitted with a defeat device, which could detect bench testing and appropriately limit emissions output.Reuters understands the Volkswagen Group … [Read more...] about Dieselgate: Volkswagen fined $1.5 billion, Audi boss investigated