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BMW Diesel Gets EPA Approval

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Ever since the emission scandal hit the news from Volkswagen, diesel sales in North America has dropped dramatically and emission regulations have become even more tightly scrutinized by the Environmental Protection Agency on any diesel vehicle approved to be sold in the US. One of the cars which has been greatly delayed by testing and red tape is BMW’s 2017 diesel. The EPA required BMW to pass rigorous testing in order for their car to be given a clean OK for sales in the US. This is just a hint at what’s more to come with the diesel industry as a whole in the US.

Any diesel vehicle being manufactured over seas and shipped into the US for sales will go through the stringent testing set forth by the EPA. The next on the list will be Mercedes’ 2017 diesel vehicles which are still going through the regulator’s testing process. Volkswagen, the company that started it all, still has a stop sale on their 2016 diesel vehicles because they can’t get them to pass the emission standards.


VW Customers May Get a $7000 Pay Out

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With details surrounding Volkswagen’s $10 billion settlement which recently surfaced, it’s gotten the attention of customers who have been affecting waiting eagerly to determine what kind of compensation they will be receiving. Myself included, it’s less so about the compensation, and more so about having a clear picture of what options we will have infront of us to make a decision on our diesel vehicle.

In the current state, customers are left hanging time and time again as Volkswagen and regulators continue to battle out a solution. The most recent report is stating that Volkswagen will be paying out anywhere between $1,000 and $7,000 to diesel owners, depending on things like year, mileage and condition of the vehicle. This will be in addition to providing a fix or buy back option on the affected vehicle.

All of these details are still speculation until an official release of the deal comes out between regulators and Volkswagen. At that point, Canadian customers will wait to see what path Volkswagen Canada will go down for their customers.


Volkswagen On the Road to Making Things Right

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As emission scandals continue to grow over at other automakers, Volkswagen seem to be on the road to mending some of the damage they’ve caused to their company image and customer loyalty. Since news about VW’s emission scandal broke September of last year, the company has made no official plans to fix their dirty diesels or compensate customer.

Actually, they did give out some “I’m sorry” money to owners in the form of $1000 recently. Important to note is that customer who take this $1000 do not forfeit their right to sue the company or receive any further compensation as a result of the damages they’ve sustained from the scandal. Today, Volkswagen made official statements to the EPA on what their fix plan.

We wrote about most of these yesterday, and details on each option will become more clear come June 21st. Long and short of it, customers will have the option to either get their car bought back by Volkswagen at a price prior to the new of the emission scandal breaking. Alternatively, customers can have their car repaired at the dealership, however, details on what the fix entails have not yet been released. In both cases, customers will also receive a $5000 compensation package from Volkswagen. These options will only be made available to affected 2.0L diesel owners.


Volkswagen to Buy Back 500,000 Diesels

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The day of reckoning is upon Volkswagen and tomorrow will be the day they have to report to US regulators on how they plan to address their Diesel Emission Scandal. So far, negotiations between Volkswagen and regulators have resulted in nothing as the German auto company has not come up with any solutions that were satisfactory in the eyes of the regulators. With the April 21 date upon us, we await Volkswagen’s final plan to address both regulators and consumers. However, news is leaking that the solution plan will come with either a compensation package for consumers or a buy back by Volkswagen.

The buy back plan may result in Volkswagen ponying up big bucks to purchase up to 500,000 vehicles back from consumers at a price prior to resale plummet due to Volkswagen’s emission scandal. The buy back is limited to the 2.0L diesels only and will not include the 3.0L diesels used in cars like the Touraeg. The plan by Volkswagen will also include repairing any remaining vehicles that have been affected by the scandal.

As consumers, we should be presented with an option to sell the vehicle back to Volkswagen, or have them repaired to be compliant with federal regulations. On top, there will likely be a cash settlement for owners of impacted 2.0L diesel vehicles as well.


EPA Removes Emission Language for Racers

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A few months ago, EPA caused a huge ruckus amongst SEMA and racing enthusiasts. The EPA originally had language in their greenhouse gas emission law that prohibited the modification of vehicles even if they are solely used for competition and never to be used on the road.

The details deep in the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles – Phase 2 law included a provision where “Certified motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines and their emission control devices must remain in their certified configuration even if they are used solely for competition or if they become nonroad vehicles or engines.” This did not sit well with many as the EPA has historically always left the motorsport industry alone. The EPA recently made a statement saying that they fully support motorsports and the major contribution it makes as an industry in the US.

With the language now removed from the Greenhouse Gas Emission law, the motorsport industry and the folks over at SEMA no longer have anything to worry about. However, this removal of this language only takes the target off of the motorsport industry, and not aftermarket companies who manufacture parts for on road 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.


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.


VW TDI Fix Due in March

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Volkswagen has been going back and forth with emission regulators trying to determine their final solution to bring over 600,000 US based diesel vehicles back into emission compliance. Volkswagen’s emission cheating scandal broke headlines back in September of 2015. It is sufficient to say that the courts and customers are equally displeased with the long delayed solution by the automaker.

US federal judges has given Volkswagen until March 24 to finalize and implement a solution. Volkswagen’s first solution to fix their 2.0 diesel vehicles was rejected by emission regulators. To date, they still haven’t come up with a satisfactory solution and there is no telling if this will happen by March 24th either.


VW Might Build EV’s as Penalty for Diesel Scandal

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Since news broke back in September of 2015 of Volkswagen’s emission scandal, the world “clean” is certainly becoming more and more distant to the word “diesel”. This is unfortunate because the auto industry has spent the last decade and a half trying to change the image of diesel and bring in an alternative fuel source to consumers in North America for their day to day vehicles.

The scandal is still at the forefront of Volkswagen in the media, and consumers of VW TDI vehicles are still waiting for the final service bulletin from the automaker which will state exactly what the impact to their vehicles will be to bring them back into emission compliance. Now, the EPA is hinting to VW that they may need to build electric vehicles in the US as part of the repercussion from the diesel scandal. From a damage control and brand salvaging standpoint, this may be a good thing for VW and the diesel industry. It’s going to a long time before diesel will be seen as “clean” again by consumers, so in the meantime, an EV alternative can be a saving grace to company sales.


EPA to Ban Roadcar to Motorsport Conversion

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In an effort to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set its target on prohibiting street cars to be converted into race cars for motorsport purposes. Current EPA guidelines exclude vehicles that are used for the sole purpose of on track racing from emission standards that were established for everyday road going vehicles.

If the proposed regulations should pass, it will be an enormous impact to both the motor racing industry and the aftermarket industry as a whole. The Speciality Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) CEO Chris Kersting stated “This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles. Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”


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