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Delaware Auto Show lets shoppers dream big – The News Journal

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Robert Conniver sits in the driver’s seat of a 2016 Ford Fusion during the Delaware Auto Show at the Chase Center in Wilmington Saturday.(Photo: DANIEL SATO/THE NEWS JOURNAL) The 2015 Delaware Auto Show was a chance for serious buyers and window-shoppers to dream big about their next vehicle purchase. Some test drove luxury sports cars; others savored being able to view 2016 models months before the vehicles hit the roads….

Are golf carts the future of electric vehicles? – CBS News

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Despite plummeting gas prices, more and more Americans are driving electric vehicles instead of cars. But we’re not talking about a Tesla or another trendy hybrid. They’re driving low-speed electric vehicles, more commonly known as golf carts. Many look more like miniature hot rods than a vehicle to get around golf greens. “I own two golf carts, one for me to go golfin’ in and one for me to take…

Volkswagen Starts Helping Customers Identify Tainted Cars – Wall Street Journal

Friday, October 02, 2015

FRANKFURT—Volkswagen AG made its first concrete move to help customers assess whether their cars are fitted with emissions-test-cheating software, with its Audi AG luxury-car unit allowing them to enter their cars’ chassis numbers on a website. The service will be available world-wide in the coming week, Audi said in a statement. Preparations to adjust software on affected cars are under way, Audi said, adding that “affected models continue to be…

After Volkswagen scandal, buying ‘green’ cars gets complicated – MarketWatch

Thursday, October 01, 2015

If you’re in the market for a new car, there is a specification you should have high on your list: Greenhouse gas emissions. After Volkswagen was discovered to have cheated the Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions tests with a “defeat device” on about 11 million diesel vehicles, greater attention has been placed on pollutants cars on the road are emitting. The VW …

Volkswagen Cars Aren’t The Only Ones Releasing More Pollutants Than They Should – Huffington Post

Thursday, October 01, 2015

New diesel cars from Renault, Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Fiat, Volvo and other manufacturers have been found to emit substantially higher levels of pollution when tested in more realistic driving conditions, according to new data seen by the Guardian. Research compiled by Adac, Europe’s largest motoring organisation, shows that some of the diesel cars it examined released over 10 times more NOx than revealed by existing EU tests, using an alternative…

Code/Mobile Adds Car Talk from Nissan, Qualcomm and BMW Advisor – Re/code

Thursday, October 01, 2015

One of the big themes at this year’s Code/Mobile is how the car industry is being hit with a wave of mobile technology. On-demand apps like Uber and Lyft are changing how cars are bought and used, while connected cars are offering an array of entertainment options as well as the chance for everyday autonomous vehicles in the near future. With all the possibilities, we look forward to a vibrant discussion at Code/Mobile from both the…

Diesel cars ‘are killing people’, warns former Labour minister – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, October 01, 2015

  Lord Drayson’s warning that the cars are now literally “killing people” will further alarm millions of diesel car owners across the country. He believes an incentive scrappage scheme to allow diesel owners to switch to electric or hybrid vehicles would help to resolve the issue. Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “Lord Drayson is absolutely right to call attention to the role our vehicle…

Volkswagen emissions scandal: what happens next for cars affected in UK? – The Guardian

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Which vehicles are affected? Volkswagen Group has announced that 1.2m cars and commercial vehicles will be recalled in the UK as a result of the diesel engine emissions scandal. This includes: Volkswagen – 508,276 Audi – 393,450 Seat – 76,773 Škoda – 131,569 Volkswagen cars and other commercial vehicles – 79,838 Which engines are involved? Anyone with a EA189 engine, which to most buyers means 1.2 litre, 1.6 litre and…

VW says 1.2m UK cars affected by emissions scandal – The Guardian

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Almost 1.2m Volkswagen vehicles in the UK are involved in the diesel emissions scandal that has rocked the German carmaker, underlining the scale of the crisis. VW said the diesel vehicles include 508,276 Volkswagen cars, 393,450 Audis, 76,773 Seats, 131,569 Skodas and 79,838 Volkswagen commercial vehicles. The total number of cars affected is 1,189,906. This is the first time that VW has revealed how many of the 11m cars that…

Auto-Parts Makers Hit by VW Scandal – Wall Street Journal

Sunday, September 27, 2015

ENLARGE Auto-parts makers with big exposure to the diesel-car market are racing to salvage the technology’s reputation in the wake of the Volkswagen AG VLKAY -5.45 % emissions-cheating scandal. Shares of the parts makers, which include Tenneco Inc., TEN 2.84 % BorgWarner Inc., BWA 2.85 % Delphi Automotive DLPH 0.52 % PLC and Continental AG CTTAY 3.57 % , were pummeled last week following the Environmental Protection Agency’s disclosure that…

Bosch warned VW about illegal software use in diesel cars, report says – Automotive News

Sunday, September 27, 2015

   Print  Reprints  Respond MUNICH — Robert Bosch warned Volkswagen in 2007 that it would be illegal to use engine management software at the heart of the diesels…

How vintage iron and modern tech made this iconic BMW truly better than new – Digital Trends

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Most people really like some classic car or another. Maybe it’s a vintage Mustang or some classic Alfa Romeo, but if you ask around, there’s usually some special car that each person would love to own someday. But there’s a part of the old car experience that people tend to forget: old cars are terrible compared to their current-day cousins. They generally have less engine power, they rattle and shake,…

VW Still Selling Cars in the US – 24/7 Wall St.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

By Paul Ausick September 27, 2015 9:29 am EDT Staggering under the impact that some of its diesel-fueled cars cheated on vehicle emissions tests, the Swiss government on Saturday banned Volkswagen AG from selling any more cars in the country that are included in what is known as the Euro 5 category. That leaves about 180,000 vehicles in dealer showrooms throughout Switzerland. The German carmaker voluntarily stopped selling diesel-powered vehicles…

EPA to begin tougher testing of all diesel cars after VW scandal – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Across-the-bay cooperation slams brakes on auto thefts – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Across-the-bay cooperation slams brakes on auto thefts Local News Across-the-bay cooperation slams brakes on auto thefts An auto theft task force created five weeks ago is credited with reversing an alarming increase in auto burglaries and car thefts.  LARGO (FOX 13) – An auto theft task force created five weeks ago is credited with reversing an alarming increase in auto burglaries and car thefts.  “Over the past 30 days, we…

5 Fuel-Efficient Volkswagen Diesel Cars Not Caught up in Emissions Scandal – TheStreet.com

Saturday, September 26, 2015

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Would you be willing to purchase a Volkswagen vehicle, even if it was not named in the group where VW U.S. cheated emissions tests? The German car manufacturer admitted to using software to cheat on emission tests on its diesel cars in the U.S., which regulators estimate to have affected about 482,000 cars sold in the U.S. (the tally is closer to 11 million cars worldwide). Those…

VW Scandal Socks Auto-Parts Makers – Barron’s

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fahrvergnügen is German for an unseemly act performed on environmental regulators—or it might as well be. Volkswagen, which used the term for driving enjoyment in a 1990 ad campaign, admitted this past week that 11 million of its “clean diesel” cars worldwide aren’t, well, so clean. Diesel engines produce excellent power and efficiency at the cost of high levels of pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, which can impair breathing. Volkswagen developed…

Volkswagen Scandal Tests Auto-Loving Germany – Wall Street Journal

Saturday, September 26, 2015

BERLIN—Warnings that diesel cars were generating more pollution than allowed—and that emissions tests were less than adequate—had been voiced long before the Volkswagen AG scandal blew up last weekend. But in car-loving Germany, few had an incentive to take a closer look. In a country where one in seven people earn their living, directly…

Diesel BMW, Mercedes, Opel, PSA Cars Suspected Of Manipulating Emissions Tests … – Carscoops (blog)

Friday, September 25, 2015

As it turns out, Volkswagen may not be the only carmaker that sold diesel-powered cars which exceeded allowed emissions levels. A report from Transport & Environment drops the bomb, claiming more carmakers sell vehicles which exceed the European limit for air pollution. During the past three years, Transport & Environment (T&E), with the support of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT – the organization that alerted US authorities to…

EPA to road test cars after Volkswagen emissions scandal – USA TODAY

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Volkswagen dealership in Oakland.(Photo: JOHN G. MABANGLO, EPA) The Environmental Protection Agency told automakers on Friday that it will begin road tests of all new vehicle models and vehicles already on the road  to examine emissions claims following the exposure of Volkswagen’s regulation-cheating scandal. The agency sent a letter to manufacturers notifying them that it will no longer rely exclusively on laboratory testing to validate emissions performance. EPA also plans…