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Audi Shoots for the Moon

German automaker outlines tech goals – including new moon mission.

by on Jan.12, 2016

Audi's U.S. CEO Scott Keogh, left, and Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, talk about Audi during the Detroit Auto Show.

It weighs just 75 pounds, boasts wheels made of a titanium-aluminum alloy, and its “sunroof” is an array of solar panels. The little buggy rolling around the Audi stand at the North American International Auto Show isn’t nearly as sleek and sexy as the rest of the vehicles Audi has on display. But it doesn’t have to be, not when it comes time to start rolling around the surface of the moon.

The German maker is lending its financial support to a team of scientists chasing the latest Xprize. They hope to launch their mobile lab next year atop an Indian rocket, and if all goes well, it will travel nearly a quarter-million miles before landing on the Taurus Littrow Valley – which just happened to be the last place an Apollo moon mission landed 43 years ago.

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“We plan to go back and look at the (lunar rover) they left behind,” Karsten Becker, a member of the German team told TheDetroitBureau.com. During the 11 days it’s expected to be operational, the Audi-funded buggy will also perform a wide range of experiments before being plunged into the deep freeze of a lunar night. (more…)

Audi Introduces Next-Gen A4 in Detroit

Heart of the maker's line-up gets revamped engine, exterior upgrade.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Audi is debuting the ninth generation of its mainstay sedan, the A4, at the Detroit Auto Show.

Audi has run up its sales numbers since the end of recession by offering highly-stylized vehicles, with balanced driving dynamics and the latest technology and the new 2017 Audi A4 making its debut at the North American international Auto Show in Detroit doubles down on the formula.

The ninth generation of the A4, which sits at the very heart of the Audi model line-up, includes a revamped 2.0-liter engine, a new cockpit equipped with the latest technical features and new exterior styling that carries on the German carmaker’s tradition of offering striking designs.

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The exterior has been redesigned around what are described as sportier proportions, including a horizontal grille. It also incorporates wrap-around lines emphasizing the vehicle’s length to the wheel arches that accentuate the vehicle’s performance appeal. (more…)

Justice Dept., VW Both Want Diesel Suits Heard in Detroit

Judicial panel will consider consolidating over 350 lawsuits.

by on Dec.01, 2015

VW and the DoJ want the cases heard in Detroit.

With more than 350 lawsuits already filed against Volkswagen by consumers, investors and dealers alike, a U.S. judicial panel will have to decide this week if, how and where to consolidate them into a single case.

Lawsuits stemming out of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal have so far been filed in 40 states. Hearing them individually could clog up the courts for years, which is why a U.S. Multi-District Litigation panel will meet in New Orleans on Thursday to determine how to proceed.

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In an unusual situation, both Volkswagen and the U.S. Justice Department would like to see the cases taken on by the federal district court in Detroit. But there’s also strong pressure from many of the lawyers suing VW to have a consolidated suit heard in California.

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CARB Forcing VW, Audi, Porsche to Fix More Diesels

Sport-utility powerplants have cheat code.

by on Nov.30, 2015

The California Air Resources Board ordered Porsche and Audi vehicles using a 3.0-liter diesel engine to brought into compliance.

The Volkswagen Group faces new challenges in selling diesel-powered Porsche and Audi utility vehicles in the state of California.

The California Air Resources Board today sent an In Use Compliance letter notifying Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche to start the process necessary to recall and repair illegal emissions software in all 3.0-liter diesel vehicles, model years 2009 – 2015, sold in California.

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Audi has played up the performance advantages of the 3.0-liter diesel engines used in utility vehicles, such as the Audi Q7, and the 3.0-liter diesel is popular in Porsche’s two most popular utility vehicles, the Cayenne and Macan. (more…)

Hydrogen Cars Just a Dodge, Argues Tesla Exec

Fuel-cell vehicles being used as props to dodge fuel-economy rules, says O’Connell.

by on Nov.20, 2015

Tesla recently launched its second product line, the Model X battery-electric SUV.

Fuel-cell cars are little more than expensive props used by automakers to dodge increasingly tough fuel-economy regulations and emission standards, declared a senior executive from the Tesla Motor Co.

Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, told the Automotive Press Association Friday, that fuel cell technology simply is not practical because it will require a huge investment in an entirely new infrastructure to provide the hydrogen gas those vehicles needed.

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Electric vehicles are more practical because they do not require anywhere as much of a new investment in public infrastructure, argued O’Connell, noting that Tesla has supported an expansion of high-speed EV-charging capabilities off its own balance sheet.

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Battery Cars Could Soon Generate 25% of Audi Sales

German maker says battery prices are plunging; will make EVs cost competitive.

by on Nov.20, 2015

The Audi e-tron Quattro SUV Concept will be followed by a production model around 2018.

For now, it’s just a show car, drawing curious gawkers to the maker’s stand at the L.A. Auto Show, but in less than three years, Audi intends to have a production version of the e-tron Quattro Concept in showrooms around the world.

And with a range of more than 300 miles, the German maker is betting the electric SUV will charge up consumers, becoming a mainstream rather than niche product. The added range is just one of the positive factors, however. Audi is expecting a sharp decrease in the cost of batteries by the time the production SUV comes to market in 2018.

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And, with a slew of additional e-tron models, both plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, in the works, Audi planners predict the technology could soon account for as much as a quarter of their U.S. sales. (more…)

VW Offering Diesel Owners Goodwill Gift Cards, Vouchers

German maker’s debt downgraded by two key ratings agencies.

by on Nov.09, 2015

VW owners won't lose their right to sue the company by accepting the goodwill offerings.

Owners of Volkswagen vehicles involved in a diesel cheating scandal are set to receive $1,000 in gift cars and vouchers, as well as free roadside service, as part of a goodwill gesture, the maker announced Monday.

The move affects owners of 482,000 vehicles equipped with VW’s 2.0-liter EA-189 diesel engines sold in the U.S. over a seven-year period. In September, the Environmental Protection Agency charged that the maker had used a so-called “defect device” to pass emissions tests, even though the vehicles produced far more pollution in real-world use, allegations the automaker subsequently confirmed.

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VW also revealed the suspect software was installed on a total of 11 million vehicles sold worldwide. And while the German maker plans to begin installing a fix as early as January, repairs could take significantly longer in the U.S. because VW has not come up with a solution accepted by the EPA.

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Volkswagen Engineers Admit Cheating, Feared Failure

Senior VW execs may avoid U.S. travel.

by on Nov.09, 2015

Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn created a climate of fear encouraging cheating, says paper.

As an internal investigation gets underway, several Volkswagen engineers have acknowledged rigging emissions tests, among other things by adjusting tire settings and using non-standard oil.

A culture of fear may have driven Volkswagen’s emissions test cheating, according to a new report in the German paper, Bild am Sonntag, Volkswagen engineers afraid of what would happen if they couldn’t meet former CEO Martin Winterkorn’s aggressive CO2 targets.

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Meanwhile, a separate report out of Germany indicates some VW managers are now reluctant to come to the U.S. fearing they could get caught up in an ongoing criminal probe by the Justice Department. At least one employee reportedly had his passport taken during a visit to the States.

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VW, Porsche, Audi Order Stop-Sale on High-Line Diesels

But German brands contend they didn't cheat with 3.0-liter diesel.

by on Nov.04, 2015

The Audi Q7 TDI is one of the numerous Audi, Porsche and VW models affected by the stop-sale.

Volkswagen and its Audi and Porsche brands have ordered a stop-sale on a wide range of high-end diesel vehicles accused by the Environmental Protection Agency of using hidden software to cheat on emissions tests.

But the German maker contends the code identified by the EPA was not intended to hide pollution problems with the company’s 3.0-liter turbodiesel but actually to further reduce emissions in real-world conditions.

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“It’s an auxiliary emissions control device, not the defeat device used in the 2.0-liter diesel,” said Audi spokesman Brad Stertz, referring to the smaller diesel engine used in 11 million vehicles sold worldwide, including 482,000 sold in the U.S. over a seven-year period.

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VW Finds “Irregularities” With 800,000 More Cars

This time, gas and diesel engines affected.

by on Nov.03, 2015

VW says it may have "irregularities" in the emissions and fuel economy numbers on 800,000 vehicles.

Volkswagen has revealed an internal audit has found “irregularities” with the emissions – and possibly the fuel economy numbers — involving another 800,000 vehicles sold worldwide.

Significantly, the latest problem appears to impact gasoline vehicles, as well as those using diesel engines. According to the German maker, the cost of repairing the newly discovered problems could add another 2 billion euros, or nearly $2.2 billion, to the maker’s tab, on top of the $7.3 billion it has already set aside to cover the emissions cheating scandal first revealed in mid-September.

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“From the very start I have pushed hard for the relentless and comprehensive clarification of events,” said Matthias Mueller, who was named CEO after the crisis began. “We will stop at nothing and nobody. This is a painful process, but it is our only alternative. For us, the only thing that counts is the truth.”

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