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Audi CEO Says Company Is Ready To Move On From Diesel Scandal 14
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, diesel, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 12 14th, 2017

Audi is planning on shutting down the very same task force they set up in order to find out how many of their vehicles featured defeat devices amid VW’s diesel scandal.

According to company CEO, Rupert Stadler, Audi is on the home stretch as most of its diesel engines have been fixed, reports Autonews.

The automaker has retrofitted up to 850,000 TDI engines in Europe as well as a few other countries on other continents. “We are at an estimated 80 percent,” said Stadler. “We are gradually emerging from the crisis mode and are moving back into regular operation.”

By 2025, Audi plans on having over 20 partly or fully-electrified vehicles in its lineup, with EV sales accounting for a third of their total deliveries. Stadler added that more than 10 of those over 20 models will be purely electric.

The first new-generation EV from Ingostadt will be the e-tron SUV, scheduled to be unveiled at the Audi Summit in Brussels, in August 2018. Meanwhile, with Audi and Porsche cooperating on electric mobility, we could see a pure electric Audi Q5 and a new-gen Porsche Macan break cover in 2021.

Also, with CO2 regulations tightening in Europe in 2020, Audi can’t afford to miss any of its targets, because doing so by just 11 grams of CO2/km, would cost the automaker a billion euros each year. “Non-fulfillment is not an option,” concluded Stadler.


VW Recalls Over 57,000 Touareg Diesels From Around The World 13
Posted by Brad Anderson in diesel, Recalls, Reports, SUV, VW, VW Touareg on 12 13th, 2017

Volkswagen will recall over 57,000 Touareg vehicles globally after Germany’s KBA automotive watchdog discovered that the 3.0-liter diesel engine used by the SUV has two illegal emissions control devices.

The recall affects Touaregs with the Euro 6 diesel engine, of which there are 57,600 vehicles globally. Reuters states that 25,800 of these are located in Germany.

In a statement, KBA confirmed the recall was ordered on December 8.

“Two inadmissible switch-off devices were found upon examination of the VW Touareg 3.0-litre diesel Euro 6 by the Federal Motor Vehicle Authority,” the watchdog confirmed.

KBA claims that the Touareg in question had an emissions-lowering program that was activated when the vehicle was examined on roller-beds under the new European driving cycle. Additionally, Touareg modes with selective catalytic reduction systems were found to illegally restrict the use of AdBlue.

In July, authorities in Germany announced a recall of 22,000 diesel-powered Porsche Cayenne models in Europe upon discovering similar emissions control devices.


Used Diesel Sales Going Strong In UK Despite Slight Average Price Drop 11
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in diesel, Reports, UK, used cars on 12 11th, 2017

Based on Auto Trader’s Retail Price Index, the average price for a used car in the UK last month was £12,589, marking a £50 drop compared to October, and the first month-to-month drop in the past eight months.

Yet, prices are still higher than they were last year, and diesel searches on Auto Trader accounted for 55% of all fuel searches in November. Meanwhile, petrol-powered cars represented 41% of all fuel searches over the same period.

“The negative rhetoric surrounding diesel, which has been fueled by the government’s recent announcements is undoubtedly contributing to the decline in new and used car sales.”

“Although used diesels have been showing much greater resilience, with their value continuing to increase year-on-year, as well as remaining the most searched for fuel time on our marketplace, the Index does show a small month-on-month decline for the first time in eight months. It’s too early to tell whether this is an emerging trend or not, so we will continue to monitor prices closely,” said Auto Trader exec, Karolina Edwards-Smajda.

Overall, since November of 2016, diesel car searches have declined steadily, falling from a whooping 71% to a low of 54% back in May of 2017. It’s unlikely they will ever bounce back to what they were any time soon, if ever.


Check Out The Difference Between A Volvo XC60 D5 And A D4 10
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in diesel, Drag-Racing, reviews, UK, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 12 10th, 2017

If striking a balance between price and performance matters most to you, what would you choose between a Volvo XC60 D5 and its less powerful D4 version?

Granted, straight line speed isn’t the most important thing in a compact premium SUV, but that doesn’t mean performance is a non factor, especially since these cars often get packed to the brim during holiday trips.

So once you add passengers, luggage, maybe even a dog, you’ll need sufficient power and torque to safely overtake cars at motorway speeds or to quickly execute such a maneuver on a country road.

If the all-new XC60 happens to be your SUV of choice and you’re trying to decide between the D5 and D4 versions, here’s what you need to know.

Both have 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines, yet the former packs 235 PS and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque, while the latter is good for 190 PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. They both weigh about the same, so in the end it just comes down to how much quicker the D5 is compared to the D4.

According to Volvo, the XC60 D5 will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds, whereas the D4 needs 8.4 seconds, so on paper, there’s no denying who’s faster. Even so, Carwow put the two models to the test, and you can see how this turned out in the video that follows.


Former VW Executive Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison 7
Posted by Brad Anderson in diesel, Reports, VW on 12 7th, 2017

Former VW executive Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 for his involvement in the dieselgate scandal.

Schmidt served as the head of VW’s environmental and engineering office in Michigan and was arrested in January after travelling to the United States with his family. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the federal government and for violating the Clean Air Act.

Judge Sean F. Cox imposed the sentence in line with the recommendation of prosecutors.

“You are a key conspirator responsible for the cover-up in the United States of a massive fraud perpetuated on the American consumer,” the judge said at sentencing.

Just days before sentencing, Schmidt penned a letter to the judge, admitting that he had been “misused” by VW when he disclosed the brand’s use of diesel software that cheated emissions while in a 2015 meeting with a senior official from the California Air Resources Board.

“A script, or talking points, I was directed to follow for that meeting was approved by management level supervisors at VW, including a high-ranking in-house lawyer. Regrettably, I agreed to follow it,” Schmidt said.

Only one other VW employee has been sentenced in the United States over dieselgate, company engineer James Liang, who received a 40-month term in August.

Many of the senior executives reportedly involved in the scandal are German citizens and out of the reach of American justice. It was Schmidt’s decision to travel to the United States from his native Germany that allowed for his arrest.


VW And Audi Slash Prices And Give Discounts On Repaired 3.0L Diesels 6
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, diesel, Reports, SUV, VW on 12 6th, 2017

Looking to jump behind the wheel of a heavily discounted VW or Audi? Well, now could be the perfect time.

Cars Direct has discovered that both VW and Audi are offering discounts of up to 25 per cent off MSRP for 3.0-liter diesel SUVs which have been repaired in the wake of the company’s dieselgate scandal.

From now until January 2, VW has announced discounts of 25 per cent off MSRP on 2014 models, 20 per cent off 2015 models, and 15 per cent off for 2016 models, for those 3.0-liter diesels that have been repaired.

As for Audi, the German carmaker has announced 20 per cent off all of its 2015 Q7 TDI models, a vehicle that originally had a base MSRP of $53,400 before destination charges. Alongside this deal, Audi is offering 1.9 per cent APR for 66 months and a 72-month rate of 2.49 per cent, two deals that might prove enough for some to take a look at their diesel models.

Diesels may have fallen out of favor among some consumers but these deals could be the perfect early Christmas deal for certain shoppers.


Ex-VW Executive Says He Feels “Misused” Ahead Of Dieselgate Sentencing 4
Posted by Brad Anderson in diesel, Reports, VW on 12 4th, 2017

The former Volkswagen executive who pleaded guilty to his involvement in the brand’s dieselgate scandal says he feels “misused” by the automaker.

In a letter penned to U.S. Judge Sean Cox a couple of days before his sentencing, Oliver Schmidt looked for mercy after pleading guilty in August to wrongdoing, claiming that was following a script issued by VW management when speaking with California Air Resources board executive Alberto Ayala.

“I must say that I feel misused by my own company in the diesel scandal or ‘Dieselgate’.

“In hindsight, I should never have agreed to meet with Dr Ayala on that day or better yet, I should have gone to that meeting and ignored the instructions given to me and told Dr Ayala that there is a defeat device in the VW diesel engine vehicles and that VW had been cheating for almost a decade. I did not do that and that is why I find myself here today,” Schmidt admitted.

Schmidt was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States in early January 2017 having previously served as the head of VW’s environmental and engineering office in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Schmidt faces up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $400,000 for his involvement in the scandal, Reuters reports.


Can A 1995 Volvo 850 T5 Keep Up With A New 2017 Volvo V90 D5? 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, diesel, Drag-Racing, video, VOLVO, Volvo V90, Volvo Videos on 11 17th, 2017

Modern turbo-diesel engines can usually keep their grounds against older turbo petrol units, as long as the former are mated to fast-changing gearboxes and the car isn’t significantly heavier.

This drag race between a new Volvo V90 D5 and a 1995 Volvo 850 T5 yielded some very interesting results, especially since both cars can one-up each other in certain categories.

This straight line battle was orchestrated by Carwow’s Mat Watson, and features both standing as well as rolling starts. You’ll see that one benefits the V90, whereas the other helps the 850 unleash all of its grunt.

So how do they stack up in terms of performance? Well, the 2017 V90 D5 can get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds thanks to its 235 PS (231 HP) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque. It’s worth noting that the V90 weighs a whooping 2 tonnes (4,400 lbs), whereas the old 850 is considerably lighter at 1,570 kg (3,461 lbs).

It’s also a bit less powerful with around 10 fewer horses, but overall, it does have a better power-to-weight ratio than the much-newer V90.


UK Government Planning Higher Taxes On Diesel Cars 13
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in diesel, Reports, UK on 11 13th, 2017

Diesel-powered vehicles will be more heavily taxed in the UK as the local government wants to push drivers towards less polluting alternatives.

The new tax plan will be unveiled in UK’s Autumn Budget statement on November 22, with Financial Times reporting that chancellor Phillip Hammond took the decision of increasing taxes on diesel cars, arguing that it’s the best option in order to fund the government’s new air-quality initiatives.

So far it’s not clear whether the new tax will come in the form of a VAT increase on diesel vehicles or something else. Sales of diesel-powered vehicles have been falling sharply, dropping by 14.9 percent in the year to October in the UK, mostly due to the public mistrust.

The decision comes after London imposed an additional £10 charge on pre-Euro4 petrol and diesel vehicles in the city center, with the mayor currently consulting on whether to expand the measure to a wider area.

Car makers on the other hand argue that their newer diesel engines are far cleaner than before, and even on par with petrol engines in terms of NOx emissions.


Honda Unveils Diesel CR-V Race Car For Race Of Remembrance 10
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in diesel, honda, Honda CR-V, new cars, racing, tuning, UK on 11 10th, 2017

Honda UK and Mission Motorsport created the world’s first ever CR-V diesel race car, set to compete in the Race of Remembrance at Anglesey circuit in Wales.

The team used a CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC AWD EX model as the foundation for this project, removing everything inside except for the dashboard, while adding a bespoke roll cage, racing seats and harnesses.

Dynamically, a special suspension was added, lowering the car’s center of gravity significantly. Other mods include large Brembo brakes (sourced from a Civic Type R), wider wheels from a Civic Sport, adjustable camber control arms and towing hooks.

Because the Race of Remembrance runs in the dark for 6 hours, an additional LED light bar was integrated into the grille, while bonnet and roof scoops were added to help with cooling during the 12 total hours that the car will be out on the track.

“This is a really unique project we are tremendously proud to be a part of,” said Phil Webb of Honda UK. “The team at Mission Motorsport have worked night and day getting the car ready to race while Syncho Motorsport have been on hand to offer advice. We can’t wait to see the CR-V out on track, a first for the model.”

The Race of Remembrance takes place this weekend on the 11th and 12th of November.


Watch New Audi A4 3.0 V6 Diesel Go Flat Out On The Autobahn 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A4, Audi Videos, diesel, video on 11 9th, 2017

Despite falling out of favor with many consumers over the emissions scandal, modern diesel engines continue to boast benefits like high levels of torque from low rpms, and very low fuel consumption.

This is exactly why automakers have a hard time letting the oil-burners go for good, but it seems that they will eventually do so, in the coming years, but that’s a completely different story.

Until they do, enthusiasts can still enjoy diesel-powered machines, such as the Audi SQ7, and even the very decent 3.0-liter TDI A4 of the B9 generation. In this case, the latter was taken to the famous Autobahn, for a top speed run, and it didn’t need that much to indicate 253km/h (157mph) on the GPS speedometer.

This version of the car, which cannot be had in the United States, uses a 3-liter V6 engine that’s shared with a multitude of vehicles made by the Volkswagen Group. It puts down 272PS (268hp) and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque, and can be had from just over €44,000 ($51,060) in Germany, with FWD, or for approximately €3,000 ($3,480) more, with the Quattro AWD.


Audi SQ7 And Panamera 4S D Out To Prove Diesels Are Still Cool 7
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi SQ7, diesel, Drag-Racing, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Top Gear, video on 11 7th, 2017

We’re a little over two years away from the 2020s and the automotive world has already planned its shift to fully-electric vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.

Fallout from VW’s Dieselgate scandal has effected pretty much all diesel-powered cars in the world as many consumers tend to view these cars a lot differently than before.

Still, from a purely performance related standpoint, you can still have plenty of fun behind the wheel of a diesel, as long as it’s got sufficient power and torque to haul its own mass around with haste.

Starting with the Audi SQ7, it’s powered by a 4.0-liter diesel V8, good for 435 PS and a whooping 900 Nm (663 lb-ft) of torque. In a straight line, it will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, which is as good as an E92 BMW M3.

As for the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel, its 4.0-liter V8 churns out a bit less power and torque, at 422 PS and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft), yet since this is a lighter car, it will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds – make that 4.3 seconds if you get the Sport Chrono Pack.

Anyone daring enough to bet on the Audi SUV?


Audi Recalls Nearly 5,000 A8s Fitted With A V8 TDI Due To Increased Emissions 3
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi A8, diesel, KBA, Recalls on 11 3rd, 2017

The latest episode the Dieselgate saga involves Audi recalling 4,997 A8s in Europe fitted with a V8 TDI engine to update their software after founding out they too emitted too much nitrogen oxide.

The affected models belong to the previous generation A8 and were built between September 2013 and August 2017, with 3,660 of them located in Germany.

Following an extensive internal technical investigation, Audi reported its findings directly to Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) which then authorized the recall.

Audi will have the software ready for install in the first quarter of 2018, following comprehensive winter testing to make sure that the update will have no negative effects on fuel consumption or performance.

“Among other things, the update should ensure that after cold starts, the engine more quickly reaches optimal operating conditions for the exhaust-gas treatment system so that its emissions are improved in real driving conditions,” the company said in a press release.


Toyota Could Be Done With Diesels In Europe 26
Posted by Brad Anderson in diesel, Reports, TOYOTA on 10 26th, 2017

Toyota could be done with diesel engines in Europe, the brand’s executive vice president says.
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EPA And CARB Reportedly Approve Fix For 3.0-liter TDI Engines in Audi, Porsche And VW Models 23
Posted by Michael Gauthier in audi, diesel, porsche, Reports, VW on 10 23rd, 2017

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board have reportedly signed off on a fix for Volkswagen Group vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter TDI engines.
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