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VW To Begin Diesel Recall in January – if it Gets EPA Nod

by on Oct.07, 2015

New VW CEO Matthias Mueller says the maker faces an "evolution," not a "revolution."

Volkswagen’s new CEO Matthias Mueller hopes to see a recall affecting as many as 11 million of the German maker’s diesel vehicles begin in January – but for the 482,000 of those cars sold in the U.S., VW must still win regulatory approval for the planned retrofit.

Even as Volkswagen moves ahead with plans to fix vehicles equipped with software designed to cheat on emissions tests, its problems are mounting. Among other things, the Senate Finance Committee has opened a probe investigating whether the carmaker falsely claimed more than $50 million in tax credits for meeting emissions standards.

Breaking News!

“If all goes according to plan, we can start the recall in January. All the cars should be fixed by the end of 2016,” Mueller says in an interview published today by the German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, or FAZ. But that timetable might be difficult to meet, especially in the U.S., where the scandal was originally touched off last month.

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Chrysler, Other Automakers Could Be Swept Up in Emissions Cheating Scandal

Daimler, BMW insist they didn’t rig diesel tests.

by on Sep.25, 2015

The tainted VW diesel was used by other manufacturers for such models as this Dodge Avenger.

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German authorities now say 2.8 million Volkswagen diesel vehicles sold in that country “are affected” by the maker’s rigging of emissions tests. But VW may not be the only maker implicated. The suspect turbodiesel engine used by Volkswagen apparently also was sold to several other manufacturers, including Chrysler and Mitsubishi for use in some of their European models.

Regulators there and in the U.S. are planning to expand random testing to include not just VW models but diesel vehicles sold by other manufacturers. Several reports from Europe indicate that some Daimler AG and BMW models might also exceed emissions standards, though it is unclear if that implies any intentional efforts to game the testing process.

The Last Word!

For their part, the two makers insist they have followed the letter of the law, both in Europe and in other markets including the United States.

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Is Your Diesel Dirty? And Other Key Questions About the VW Cheating Scandal

10 questions on the VW diesel crisis and auto industry cheating.

by on Sep.25, 2015

BMW disputes reports its X3 model -- shown here at its debut -- doesn't meet emissions rules.

Both BMW and Daimler AG, parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands, have issued formal statements insisting they did not cheat on diesel emissions tests, unlike German rival Volkswagen and its Audi brand.

VW now has acknowledged that 11 million vehicles – including 482,000 sold in the U.S. – were secretly fitted with software designed to help them pass emissions tests. Otherwise, the vehicles delivered increased performance and better mileage but also produced up to 40 times the permissible level of noxious emissions.

In the Know!

Are other automakers cheating? And why would they? What about you, if you’re a diesel owner or still thinking about buying one? Here are some key questions and answers.

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Justice Dept. Launches VW Cheating Probe

List of maker’s problems continues to grow.

by on Sep.21, 2015

The real battle for world dominance will be in China where VW is firmly entrenched.

VW's scandal comes at a time when the maker is struggling to regain momentum in the U.S.

The U.S. Department has reportedly launched a probe into allegations Volkswagen intentionally rigged emissions tests of a number of diesel-powered vehicles sold in the U.S. market.

The latest development comes three days after the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the recall of nearly 500,000 VW and Audi models because they used a so-called “defeat device” to help pass emissions tests, but automatically deactivating some of the onboard pollution control equipment after the tests were complete.

Stay on Top!

The automaker has acknowledged it acted improperly, CEO Martin Winterkorn issuing a statement Sunday in which he said he was “personally…deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public.”

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Diesel Recall Likely Only the Start of VW’s Problems

Caught cheating, German maker facing lawsuits, stock price plunge, possible criminal investigation and billions in fines.

by on Sep.21, 2015

The diesel scandal could cost billions - and set back VW's plans to become world's best-seller.

Accused of cheating on emissions standards, Volkswagen and its upscale Audi brand have been ordered to recall nearly 500,000 diesel cars sold in the U.S. – but that is likely to be only the start of the problems facing the German maker.

Within hours of the announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency, several high-profile law firms had already weighed in, threatening potentially costly class action lawsuits. That’s on top of multi-billion dollar fines Volkswagen could be subject to. The maker may also be targeted by the U.S. Justice Department for creating a so-called “defeat device” to get around strict diesel emissions standards. The mounting list of challenges has already caused a massive sell-off of Volkswagen stock.

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“I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public,” Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a statement issued over the weekend. “We at Volkswagen will do everything that must be done in order to re-establish the trust,” he said, adding that the maker will work openly with authorities investigating the alleged scam.

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Accused of Cheating on Emissions Standards, VW Ordered to Recall 500,000 Cars

Defeat device turns on only when vehicles tested for emissions.

by on Sep.18, 2015

The diesel version of the Audi A3 is one of the vehicles facing recall to fix a "defeat device" in its emissions control system.

Volkswagen will have to recall about 500,000 diesel-powered vehicles, the government has declared, because it surreptitiously equipped them with software designed to detect when they were undergoing emissions testing and later allow the vehicles to emit higher levels of pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a notice of violation alleging that VW created a “defeat device,” more accurately software that could detect when a vehicle was undergoing emissions testing. In such a situation, the onboard pollution control system would operate more aggressively. Otherwise, the government alleges, those controls would be relaxed.

We'll Cut Through the Smog!

“Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean air standards is illegal and a threat to public health,” said Cynthia Giles, an assistant administrator with the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance.

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Shattering Sunroof Problem Now Nabs Kia, Audi

German maker the latest to recall cars for exploding sunroofs.

by on Oct.29, 2013

The Audi S8 (shown here) and A8 are targeted by a recall due to shattering sunroofs.

Sunroofs are intended to give you a clear view of the heavens above without the hassle – or cost – of buying a convertible. But few owners are likely to anticipate the problems that have so far snared at least three automakers, according to reports on file with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Audi is the latest manufacturer to order a recall because the sunroofs on several models can unexpectedly shatter – creating not only a crisis in a rainstorm but also the risk of an accident, warns NHTSA.

Hyundai has already had to order several recalls due to a problem with shattering sunroofs in its Veloster model, and its sibling Kia brand is now facing an investigation by federal safety regulators looking into reports of a similar issue with the smaller Korean carmaker’s Sorento model. NHTSA is also looking into similar problems reported by owners of other brands’ products.

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VW Halts Diesel Sales, Recalls 170,000 TDIs

Problem with potential fuel line leak.

by on Oct.06, 2011

The Audi A3 - named 2010 Green Car of the Year - faces recall due to the fuel line defect. Audi CEO Johan de Nysschen is shown accepting the award.

Volkswagen Group of America has taken the unusual step of ordering a stop sale on its imported diesel car line-up due to a problem with a high-pressure fuel line that can come loose and potential cause a fire.

The move impacts a variety of models including the Jetta TDI and Audi A3 TDI produced from May 2009 until a month ago when the defect was discovered.  The maker will need make repairs on vehicles now on dealer lots.  Meanwhile, it plans to issue a recall for those cars already in owner hands, a move that will affect about 160,000 Volkswagen vehicles and another 7,000 Audis.

Stay in the Loop!

The recall is a potential black eye for a company that has put significant emphasis on its diesel technology as a way to differentiate itself from the competition.  Demand for the high-mileage powertrains has been strong and growing – reaching 30% with some Volkswagen models, according to company data.

VW has also been struggling to shed an image of poor quality.  It has lagged in many consumer studies over the past decade but has more recently begun to bring its quality problems under control.  Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, has listed quality as perhaps the single biggest issue VW must deal with if it hopes to meet a goal of doubling sales by 2018.

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Recalls: Audi Q5 Trim Defect

Trim cover is dangerous during an airbag deployment.

by on Dec.28, 2009

Airbags are explosive devices that need to be carefully managed.

Audi is recalling more than 6,000 model year 2009 vehicles for a defective trim cover piece that is mounted on the A-pillar.

During an accident where the head airbags deploy, a loose trim piece could injure the front seat occupants of the vehicle.

Safety!

Audi dealers will inspect the clip in the middle of the left and right a-pillar covers and replace it free of charge.

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Audi Recalls A3 and TT Models for Fuel Leaks

The fuel tank ventilation valve is defective.

by on Oct.05, 2009

A simple spring is weak, causing a large recall.

A simple spring is weak, causing a large recall.

The Audi division of Volkswagen of America is recalling more than 10,000 A3, TT and TT roadster cars with “quattro” transmissions because of potential fuel leaks while driving. A3 model years of 2006-2010 are affected, as well as 2008-2010 TT models.

Dealers will not be notified until parts are available.

In response to an inquiry from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Volkswagen Group of America said it identified 110 warranty claims on 96 unique vehicles. Of these, 14 claims contained allegations of fuel leaks, which result in a warranty claim rate of 0.13%. Volkswagen said during driving maneuvers, liquid fuel may enter the fuel tank venting system and migrate into the evaporative system, saturating the carbon canister. Should this occur while driving, the vehicle may experience performance issues such as vehicle jerking, and the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) in the instrument cluster could illuminate.

In rare cases, fuel could leak from the evaporative system. It is feasible that a fire could occur in the cars.

Dealers will replace the fuel tank ventilation valve with an improved valve free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2009. Owners may contact Audi at 1-800-253-2834.

Volkswagen’s recall campaign number is 20Q3/J3. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline AT 1-888-327-4236, or go to  http://www.safercar.gov. (NHTSA campaign number: 09V377000)