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Peugeot’s Head Office Gets Raided

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It looks like the French are getting themselves into some hot water as well with authorities. French authorities raided the head offices of Peugeot Citroën in Paris this week as they investigate the company’s involvement with cheating emissions.

There’s not a lot of information about emission issue as of yet, but Peugeot is saying that their vehicles have all the proper emission systems in place and are fully compliant. In fact, their BlueHDi technology is fully functional and effective in bring all their vehicles into emission compliance.


Mercedes Being Investigated Over Emission Irregularities

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2015 and 2016 is going to be known as the years of emission scandals. Beginning is September of 2015 when Volkswagen admitted to installing an emission cheating software to their 2.0L diesel motors, not investigations seem to be popping up left and right. One of which is Mercedes Benz and their diesel vehicles.

This time, the Daimler AG themselves are conducting an internal investigation into possible irregularities in their emission certification process. This comes as a request by the US Department of Justice as Mercedes embarks on legal battles with owners. The vehicles in questions is Mercedes’ fleet of BlueTec diesels. Allegations by current owners state that their BlueTec vehicles’ pollution control technology is designed to turn off when the ambient temperature is cold.

Allegations is that Mercedes vehicles contain an emission cheating device, but the company has stated that the there is no merit to this lawsuit.


VW Defeat Software Existed Since 1999

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Volkswagen’s emission scandal is a long standing issue between the automaker trying to find a satisfying solution to report to the EPA and consumers waiting anxiously to determine what the end impact on their vehicles will be. Currently, investigators are knee deep in trying to decode internal communications to determine how Volkswagen developed and equipped their 2.0L diesel vehicles with the emission cheating software.

According to sources familiar with the emission cheating software used by Volkswagen, the company has developed software to cheat emissions which can be dated as far back as 1999. Engineers over at Audi had created software with idea that it could control and selectively turn off certain functions of the engine. However, the software wasn’t actually used in vehicles until much later.

At this time, Volkswagen plans to talk about their emission-fix status on April 28. In total, Volkswagen produced approximately 11 million diesel cars and approximately 600,000 were destined for the US.


Mercedes Enters Dieselgate

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With Volkswagen’s diesel scandal in full swing, it was just a matter of time before more stones continued to get turned over at other manufacturers. The latest to be sued is Mercedes Benz who is facing a class action lawsuit over an alleged software issue which allows their vehicles to emit high levels of nitrogen oxides at low temperatures.

U.S. law firm Hagens Berman, states that “During virtually all real-world driving conditions, we found that Mercedes BlueTEC technology scarcely achieves any meaningful reduction of NOx emissions.” The firm further states “Our equipment has recorded levels of NOx emissions between 4.5 and 30.8 times the legal limit in real-world driving conditions.” So far, the ML, GL, E-Class, R-Class, S-Class, GLK, GLE, Sprinter, and others have been named in Hagens Berman’s lawsuit against Mercedes.

Mercedes has so far denied the allegations stating “We consider this class action lawsuit to be unfounded. Our position remains unchanged: A component that inadmissibly reduces emissions is not used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.”


Volkswagen Diesel Fix Extended to April 21

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Volkswagen was initially required to deliver and agree to a plan by March 24 on how it would handle fixing all vehicles which were directly impacted by their diesel emission scandal. Now, that deadline has been extended to April 21. During a hearing on Thursday, Volkswagen said that negotiations are moving along with regulators but an agreement has not yet been reached.

During negotiations, talks about a possible buyback or repairing around 580,000 U.S. vehicles was made. The biggest question is whether Volkswagen can come up with a fix that fully brings all affected vehicles back into compliance. If the fix plan does not reach that goal, it is up to the EPA to determine if they will accept those terms.


VW Pushes for EV Class in WRC

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There was a time when Volkswagen was really pushing the marketing on their diesel vehicles claiming how clean they were and how much performance they offered. Volkswagen even created a TDI Cup challenge where motorsport enthusiasts raced equally prepped Volkswagen Jetta TDI cars in a competitive series. With the diesel emission scandal still looming over head, Volkswagen once again is looking for another outlet. This time turning to their EV technology and trying to push for the development of an EV class in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Although marketing aside, using EV technology in the short but technical circuits of rally isn’t a bad idea. Range isn’t much of an issue in rally so that plays in the favor of EV technology. In fact, EV technology can probably do very well given the immense power potential and overall performance capabilities.

If the idea goes through, this certainly will be good marketing for Volkswagen amidst their diesel scandal. However, the larger implication is that more and more EV technology could make its way into competitive motorsport which does have an equally emission lowering impact on the motorsport industry as a whole.


Mercedes Required to Reveal Emission Data to EPA

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It looks like the onion is getting peeled back over at Mercedes. On February 18, 2016, Daimler was slapped with a class action lawsuit in the New Jersey District where they are being sued for deceiving consumers for falsely representing their BlueTEC as the cleanest and most advanced diesel. Following the lawsuit, EPA has requested Mercedes to hand over information to explain the emission levels of some of its cars.

The EPA wanted to be clear that they are not officially investigating the Daimler AG. At this point, it is merely a request for information. According to Mercedes, their emission system could perform less effectively to prevent condensation build up inside the system which could lead to corrosion in the system and impact engine and exhaust system effectiveness. This is both legal and conforms to all regulations, as stated by Daimler.

As the emission scandal continues over at Volkswagen, diesel technology has come under extreme scrutiny across all automakers.


Volkswagen to Offer Customer Compensation to Diesel Owners in U.S.

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Ken Feinberg, Head of Claims Fund at Volkswagen, stated to a German paper that the company will be offering 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles a generous compensation package as a result of owning one of their emission cheating vehicles. Details on what the compensation package will look like is still unclear. Options could include a cash offer, repairs through a recall or a replacement vehicle, or even a buy back program. Current owners have already received an “I’m Sorry” package from Volkswagen totalling $1000.

Feinberg was hired by Volkswagen to handle claims and compensation for impacted diesel customers. He added that Volkswagen has given him full authority to decide on the compensation. He also stated that “It is a purely business transaction, less emotional. I see that from emails I get from vehicle owners they are all quite reasonable.”

Another question that is yet to be answered is what or if a similar compensation package will make its way to Canada. All that can be said is customers want and need to be treated fairly. Volkswagens owners are a very loyal group to the brand, but the emission scandal has certainly put a damper on brand trust.


Fiat Chrysler to Make Cleaner Diesels

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The word diesel has unfortunately been tainted by the emission scandals that have been taking place over at Volkswagen. Now when consumers think of diesel, its hard for them to associate it with the word clean, which is really taking the auto industry back a few decades of forward progress.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to do their part in regaining customer trust in diesel technology. FCA now conducts their own internal review of the technology used in diesel vehicles. It might not sound like much, but it’s just another way to create a check and balance towards emission compliance. In a statement released by FCA, they already have plans to install a revised software in their current vehicles to make them even cleaner. It is important to note that FCA is not issuing a recall and that all their vehicles are currently in compliance with emission standards.

FCA will continue to invest in their clean diesel technology and develop advancements for future vehicles to bring emission outputs to even lower levels. Beginning in 2017, the company will add a new exhaust filtering technology to all new production vehicles in their diesel lineup.


Possible Buy Back of Dirty Diesel VW’s

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According to a German newspaper, Volkswagen’s financial woes linked to their emission scandal continues to grow as words have surfaced that approximately 20 percent of their affected diesel cars in the US may need to be bought back. Specific details are yet to come, but this could add up to about 115,000 vehicles in the US alone.

News broke recently about VW’s simple fixes for bringing their European diesel vehicles back into compliance with European emission standards. However, strict emission regulations in the US have resulted in a back and forth battle between VW and the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resource Board to finalize a repair solution in America.

Rumors surrounding the repairs to diesel vehicles in the US have not been positive for car owners as they may require significant changes to the vehicles exhaust system to bring the vehicle back into compliance with US emission standards.


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