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Protecting Consumers from VW Buyback Scandals

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By now, we know that Volkswagen has officially released a strategy to compensate their customers who currently own one of their affected 2.0L TDI diesel powered vehicles. The details on how the company will operationalize the program is yet to be made official, but we do know that customers can either sell their car back to Volkswagen as part of the buy back program, or fix the vehicle through VW’s recall. With the buy back program, customers will get maximum compensation for the value of their vehicle from prior to the emission scandal. The problem doesn’t reside with Volkswagen, it’s the vultures that are out there waiting to put a scam in place on owners who might not know the full details to Volkswagen’s compensation strategy.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already stepped in to make sure that consumers are fully aware on what options they have, and also some tips on how to protect themselves. What consumers should watch out for are scammers who want to purchase their vehicles at a lower price than the buy back and in turn flip the vehicle back to VW for some quick cash. Owners should also watch out at the dealership and know their own rights with this compensation program. Owners will not have to spend their compensation money at the dealership, the money is free for them to choose to do what they want.

With the full details of the compensation program still to come, consumers will have to wait a little bit more to determine their own course of action.


Volkswagen Diesel Fix Still Won’t Be Compliant

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Customers have been waiting patiently for the official fix notice to come from Volkswagen. The automaker is still in the works with regulators on the details of the repairs needed on their 2.0L TDI diesel motors to bring them into compliance. However, recent news on the projected repair plans is stating that even when the cars are repaired by Volkswagen they will still not comply with clean air laws.

The planned fix apparently will only reduce the over pollution by the 2.0L diesel by approximately 80 to 90 percent which gets the vehicles near CARB requirements, but that’s still not officially considered compliant. What’s more is that the regulator seems to be OK with it. According to Daniel Becker, Director of the Safe Climate Campaign, “For reasons they didn’t state, they’re allowing fixed vehicles to not be fixed, but to allow vehicles to emit twice as much pollution as they otherwise would allow.”


Audi SQ7 TDI to Land Stateside?

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Audi’s all new SQ7 TDI has so far only been destined for the European market. However, with the SUV market in North American in considerable growth mode, it leads one to think that Audi would want to capitalize on that market and bring more SUV offerings to their Canadian and US customers. Although no official word yet from Audi, we can only at this point continue our wishful thinking and hope that the SQ7 TDI one day gets announced for its transatlantic journey.

Despite all the bad press around diesel vehicles lately, what makes the SQ7 TDI a highly sought after SUV is that it gives fuel economy like a diesel vehicle, but it packs the performance of its gasoline counterparts. The SQ7 packs in a 435hp and a staggering 664lb/ft of torque. That type of power allows the SQ7 TDI to sprint to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds. Compare that to the gasoline version of the competition like the X5 M who runs a 4.2 second 100km/h burst or the GLS63 clocking in at 4.6 seconds, the SQ7 TDI all of a sudden becomes a contender in a space you wouldn’t have thought it would be in.

With no official pricing released for North America, one could surmise that after exchange and taxes the SQ7 TDI should work out to roughly $86,000 USD, which puts it in a very competitive price point for consumers.


A4 TDI Not Planned for US

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Audi takes another step back with their TDI A4 and has decided not to put the diesel engine inside their sedan. According to Scott Keogh, president of Audi America, the decision to not put a diesel in their A4 sedan is due to ow demand for this configuration and not because of the current scandal surrounding their parent company Volkswagen.

However, logic tells me that those two goes hand in hand. The diesel industry as a whole has been flipped upside down, and spit out sideways since Volkswagen and Dieselgate took place. Consumers by and large have lost confidence in the concept of clean diesel. Even Volkswagen is now putting more time and development into their EV products.

As the trend is showing us, EV technology will continue to grow in the future. Initially, development plans for EV was already on a steady climb, but now with dieselgate in full swing, we’ll likely see a huge spike in automakers releasing electric vehicle options in their lineup in the very near future.


All New Audi SQ7 TDI Revealed

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Audi spilled the beans on their all new SQ7 TDI SUV which is packing some amazing new technology which helps with fuel economy while still delivering a wallop of power to satisfy the fun factor. The SQ7 utilizes a diesel engine and a 48 volt electrical system which provides power support to a number of onboard features.

The TDI powerplant itself is a 4.0L V8 diesel that pumps out 435hp and 664lb/ft of torque. The power comes way of a triple charging system. Let me explain. There are two turbos mounted between the two cylinder banks which provide one source of forced induction. The first turbo provides boost and responsiveness at low to medium speed driving. The second turbo activates during higher speed higher rpm driving. The third source of induction is a supercharger which is powered by the 48 volt electrical system. This type of charger system is a world’s first and is put in place to provide low end boost before the first turbo kicks in. Essentially, this forced induction powerplant has virtually no boost lag and immediate responsiveness across the entire power band.

Put that all together and the SQ7 TDI become a very capable and fuel efficient vehicle. The large SUV has a 31.8mpg rating, but can still propel you from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds. There is an optional chassis dynamics package that includes a sport differential, all wheel steering and a disconnecting stabilizer bars. The stabilizer bar feature works by disconnecting its function during straight line driving which improves overall ride quality, but when the corners come the system instantly reactivates the stabilizer bars to improve corning ability.

The all new Audi SQ7 will hit European showroom floors around spring time at a base price of $99,000USD.


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.


Audi Proposes solution for 85,000 Audi Diesel Vehicles

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Audi has been working with US regulators to address emissions issues that are affecting the 3.0L TDI motors that are used in the A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 models in the US. The automaker has announced that their fix will be a simple software update. This comes as a shock as VW announces their emissions fix for the 2.0L TDI motors which will require both a software and hardware update.

The EPA required Audi to fix 85,000 of their vehicles which were equipped with a “temperature conditioning mode” that controls the temperature of the catalytic converters to restrict nitrogen oxide emission levels to allowable levels. Audi’s proposed that their software fix will bring the vehicles back into regulation without sacrificing performance levels.


Audi Suspends Engineers Amidst Emissions Probe

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Rupert Stadler, Audi’s CEO, stated Thursday that two engineers from Audi have been suspended after investigations concluded that Volkswagen Group’s 3.0-liter diesel engines were skirting emission limits in the U.S. Stadler has made no further comments about this topic.

One week ago, Volkswagen and Audi informed California Air Resources Board (CARB) authorities that about 85,000 of their vehicles with the 3.0-liter diesel engines contained an auxiliary emissions control device that was not disclosed to U.S. regulators.

Internal investigations at Audi have begun to determine whether technical development employees and other departments purposefully manipulated the vehicle‘s emission-control devices. To date, eight internal officials across the Volkswagen Group of Companies have been suspended in connection with the recent emission scandals.


VW Group to Fix 15,000 3.0L Diesel Vehicles

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While the Volkswagen Group races to put in place a recall to fix their 2.0 liter diesel equipped vehicles due to illegal emissions software, Anne Herbert, California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) chief emissions officer, issued a letter ordering Volkswagen to come up with a repair plan for an additional 15,000 cars sold in the US within 45 days which were equipped with their 3.0-liter diesel engines. This engine is shared across Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche starting from 2009. There are approximately 85,000 vehicles across the nation which use the 3.0-liter engines. It is expected that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon require Volkswagen to provide a fix plan for the remaining cars.

Speculations about how far reaching the emission cheating software extended began circulating in September when news broke on the 2.0-liter diesel scandal. The current violations came to light at a meeting between California regulatory officials and Audi executives last week when Audi admitted certain models in their fleet may contain an undisclosed auxiliary emissions control device. These devices in and of themselves are not inherently illegal. However, failure on Audi’s part to disclose the existence of the auxiliary emissions control device is a direct violation of California’s health and safety code.

CARB would not comment further on whether they considered the units as simple auxiliary emission devices or emissions defeating software in a recent statement. CARB’s chief of emissions compliance stated “We expect full cooperation in this investigation so this issue can be addressed expeditiously and appropriately”. It is expected that Volkswagen’s fix plan will comprehensively detail impacts to the vehicle’s fuel economy, performance, drivability, and safety.


Audi A3 Sportback TDI Coming To America Afterall

Audi has relented under immense pressure from fans calling for them to bring the TDI version of the A3 Sportback to North America. Okay, maybe not immense pressure but Audi says they are responding to thousands of e-mails and posts on social media when they reconsidered. They had previously only announced the Audi A3 e-tron would be coming to North America.

The A3 sportback was never really popular in North America, as many people shopping for this type of vehicle typically went with either a hatchback, wagon or crossover depending on how they saw the A3 sportback. Will the addition of a TDI model really make a difference? I’m thinking it won’t but I guess we’ll see with the increasing popularity of diesel powered vehicles. Audi obviously knew the sportback wasn’t popular in North America which is why they finally brought the sedan to this side of the pond.

Gallery of the A3 after the jump.


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