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VW reportedly plotting world's most afforable EV
If there is a silver lining in the dieselgate cloud, it may catalyze a flood of electric models from VW.
Feb 7th, 2016 7:46am
VW reportedly plotting world's most afforable EV
As fast charger networks continue to grow, vehicle range need not meet the <1% daily use case of a 400 mile range. Fortunately, plug squabbling seems to be over, and manufacturers (BMW, NIssan) are funding initiatives to deploy high speed chargers in charge networks.
Feb 7th, 2016 7:43am
Opel rules out putting the GT concept into production
Brands need to calculate the halo factor to it's other models, generating showroom traffic that might not otherwise happen.
Feb 1st, 2016 2:25am
2016 Audi TT RS spied being benchmarked against the Porsche Cayman GT4
Manual transmission?
Dec 7th, 2015 6:26am
2016 Audi TT RS spied being benchmarked against the Porsche Cayman GT4
The RS will be quietly more butched out.
Dec 6th, 2015 11:32pm
2016 Audi TT RS spied being benchmarked against the Porsche Cayman GT4
While folks parrot the TG auto commedian from fifteen years ago, the Tt has slowly morphed into something more than a Golf. Yes, it has some of the Golf's best bits, but they've "added lightness" with all of the aluminum, and it can be electronically biased to be rwd. If weight doesn't matter, try an electric car and compare it to it's petrol equivalent. After going to the auto show, opening the TT's hatch is sobering and compelling. Add the awd, and it is 12 month/year sports car.
Dec 6th, 2015 11:16pm
Volkswagen says Euro owners of rigged TDI cars will not receive compensation
Really, no asmatic pushed over the edge? Absolutely certain?
Nov 22nd, 2015 2:10am
BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition debuts in LA with visual tweaks
More of an electric Honda Element with clamshell rear doors. Like the Honda, I see more monochromatic editions in the future. The sunroof is welcome too.
Nov 19th, 2015 6:54am
Dieselgate saga continues as new report says VW actually had several versions of defeat device
Riding the emotional waves caused by all this news ... yes, they cheated (and were very clever about it), and that conttibuted to an x-increase in levels, but now we know all diesels are 40 times worse under real world conditions, which is the bigger concern and wake up call, and it appears all manufacturers were aware of this, or they wouldn't be scrambling for more lenient real world regulations. I don't think anyone wants to see VW roll over and die, after all, who else in a single swipe can make something as gorgeous a Porsche's Mission-E?
Oct 21st, 2015 9:26pm
Bugatti Chiron reportedly safe from VW cuts
That's right, squander resources on the top 0.0001% and a W16 internal combustion engine. Sounds like Battle of Fiefdoms within VW.
Oct 15th, 2015 1:34am
2016 Audi TT-RS Coupe spied with an aggressive front fascia
Needs, the point is, as consumers we have choices. VW was sort of my brand. If they are capable of rationalizing this, then the entire product is suspect. And the "no one died" argument doesn't really help the case for forgiving and forgetting, as it completely ignores the effects on asthmatics and seeks to further minimize the offense. Instead, it underscores the thinking that made this scandal possible in the first place. It's not just a f--- you to their customers, it's an arrogant f--- you to the entire planet. The scandals of other manufacturers doesn't make this one right no matter how much relativism is employed.
Oct 14th, 2015 10:32pm
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 receives a matching interior from Carlex Design
So much painstaking work! Such visual violence!
Oct 14th, 2015 10:19pm
Audi Q6 to be assembled in Belgium, says report
No more VAG products for me.
Oct 14th, 2015 10:16pm
Dieselgate investigation reportedly finds at least 30 managers were involved
Shocker. Yeah, we figured it was more than four.
Oct 14th, 2015 10:14pm
Volkswagen of America admits 2016MY 2.0 TDI cars have suspect software too
It's interesting reading others reactions, particularly those wanting to compartmentalize and minimize. There's the original cheating, the cover-up, and the stonewalling. Then there is the shocking and nearly comical fraud (massive "clean diesel" ad campaign). And even though the cars are dirtier, we've now learned the tests we'ren't useful, and all diesels pollute more under real world use (perhaps the only upside). I've had Porsches and currently have two non-TDI Volkswagens, and I don't feel the same about any of their brands, and doubt I will ever purchase another one of ther products. It's not just because if they can do this, than there is no telling what else they are capable of doing with the car. It's not that I want to see VW suffer and whither away (in some respects, they appear to be a model democratic-socialist institution), it's because we have choices as consumers, and we don't have to accept all of this every time we walk up to our vehicle. Yes, other manufacturers have had their scandals, but others haven't. Why not try another marque not mired in scandal? In the meantime, my VW t-shirts and hoodies get trashed.
Oct 14th, 2015 10:12pm
2016 Kia Optima pricing announced, starts at $21,840
Hyundai has quietly become the world's fourth largest auto maker. They must be doing something right.
Oct 14th, 2015 11:04am
Dieselgate movie in the works
What about reptoids?
Oct 14th, 2015 9:53am
Dieselgate movie in the works
If it is anything like the Steve Jobs movies, VW could get a movie and at least a miniseries. There's enough material for it.
Oct 14th, 2015 9:50am
2016 Audi TT-RS Coupe spied with an aggressive front fascia
If only tin foil hats worked. Isn't this the same VW that was involved in bribe scandals with union leaders? Oh no, warm and fuzzy VW would never do anything clandestine. They have lachmund, again, and again. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/jan/13/germany.automotive
Oct 14th, 2015 9:46am
2016 Audi TT-RS Coupe spied with an aggressive front fascia
Trevor, do you think it is not possible to tip off a photographer? They also have taken "clean diesel" advertisements off of YouTube and dealer web sites.
Oct 13th, 2015 8:50am
Report says Volkswagen cheated during European emissions tests as well
It's the asthmatics who should be suing.The thing is, yes they cheated, and now we're learning it's not just the margin by which they cheated, it's that they are all 40-times dirtier than we thought for all diesels. For cities with high diesel usage, ... it doesn't just stink.
Oct 12th, 2015 8:44pm
Audi talks about the CNG-compatible A4 Avant g-tron, on sale late 2016 [videos]
I think 99% biodiesel is pretty clean compared to petroleum diesel, but recent diesels can't burn it. I think this is just a PR distraction from TDI clean diesel. You know, the clean diesel that gets more than a little dirty on the side. (Wink.)
Oct 12th, 2015 8:27pm
German prosecutors raid Volkswagen offices
A TDI Beetle with the exhaust piped back in?
Oct 12th, 2015 8:03pm
3.6 million VAG diesel cars in Europe with 1.6 TDI EA189 engine will need hardware changes
Lachmund, new buyers may not recall this scandal in the years ahead, but burned buyers will remember. Yes, overblown in terms of intentionally blowing tons of additional pollutants. Do you work for VW or have a financial interest, if not, you may wish to read other sites to get a fuller sense of what they did.
Oct 12th, 2015 8:01pm
VW of America boss admits fixing affected diesel cars will hamper performance; blames engineers
I've liked VWs, currently have a couple, and have had other VW group products. Even though I don't have a TDI, the additional asthma inducing NoX affects all of us. Aside from Bosch's warning, there was an internal whistle blower who brought this to their attention, and they stonewalled the EPA until they weren't going to allow 2016 TDI models to be sold. It's hard to feel the same way about their brands, but automakers must know how their diesels do in the real world; otherwise, they wouldn't be banding together and whining for the standards to be lowered if they switch to real world testing. Any compensation for performance losses are likely to be gratuitous. Who wants to be seen driving a TDI after this? They really betrayed their customers, and TDI folks in the US are sort of a loyal cult, but TDI owners are not the only ones wronged here. "Clean diesel" that's more than a little dirty on the side? And like Ford and it's safety scandals of the 70s and 90s, it looks like they did the math and didn't want to spend the $400 per car for urea catalyzing technology. Arrogance and entitlement, it's pretty draco.
Oct 12th, 2015 7:47pm
Neiman Marcus Ford Mustang unveiled with all-wheel drive & 700 bhp
Wow! A Miustang convertible with rollover protection!
Oct 8th, 2015 11:18am
Toyota S-FR entry-level sportscar concept set for Tokyo Motor Show debut
With feature creep and the typical weight bloat that accompanies it, this is a refreshing take on simplicity, and perhaps the first Toyota that's ever appealed to me.
Oct 8th, 2015 11:13am
Volkswagen doesn't have plans for BlueSport-like small sports car
With dieselgate, only the Bluesport can save them: the clean diesel who is a little dirty on the side.
Sep 29th, 2015 9:26am
2017 Audi A5 Coupes caught on the Nürburgring
With such predictable A5 evolutionary refinement, I wish they had recklessly reintroduced the original's curves on the new TT (which now almost looks boxy). So, are they going to make a sedan "coupe" as well, or will they let the A7 take care of that?
Sep 10th, 2015 10:31pm
76% of Volvo XC90 buyers go for the range-topping Inscription model
The turbo 2.0L four is becoming the standard engine for BMW, Mercedes, and Cadillac; and it already was for VW/Audi. It looks like Volvo's twin turbo inline six eill be another emissions casualty. With more and more four cylinders, "premium" brands have a tougher time distinguishing themselves from other nameplates.
Aug 31st, 2015 12:04am
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