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Is Volkswagen Even Trying To Make Up For Dieselgate?

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen’s initial plan to remedy the chaos caused by the “defeat device” scandal that has rocked the automobile industry and environmental regulators all over the world. The EPA has given CARB the lead on finding a solution to the scandal VW admitted to in September, but what they have seen so far isn’t enough. Is Volkswagen Even Trying To Make Up For Dieselgate? Analysts believe that the VW recall plan wasn’t aggressive enough for the CARB—which already has a set of expectations that the company must meet in order to begin implementation. So far, what the organization has seen isn’t enough to inspire confidence from the agency. Why Did CARB Reject VW’s Recall Plan? CARB spokesman Dave Clegern told WIRED Magazine, that the agency believes that the resolution process suggested by VW would take too long based on the technical requirements they…
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Why Is Volkswagen Giving Whistleblowers Amnesty?

As Volkswagen comes under scrutiny, its CEO Martin Winterkorn reluctantly announced his resignation from the company. Though he continued to deny any knowledge of the defeat device software that eventually caused dieselgate—and his downfall—the CEO accepted responsibility for the “irregularities” and stepped down, making way for Porsche boss Matthias Mueller to take his place. However, this is only the beginning of VW’s plans to regain consumer trust, but will anything help make the German automaker regain its former glory? Why Is Volkswagen Giving Whistleblowers Amnesty? At the end of November, Volkswagen ended a very strange offer that it had given to all its employees. The auto manufacturer told its employees that if they came forward with information about the carmaker’s two current scandals, the employees would not be fired or suffer damages claims from the manufacturer. Will The VW Whistleblower Program Work? The program was designed to help speed up…
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Has Volkswagen Come Up With A Dieselgate Solution?

European news outlets are reporting that VW has come up with a solution for the vehicles affected by the dieselgate scandal. The fix is supposed to take less than an hour to install, but will it work for American TDI diesels? Has Volkswagen Come Up With A Dieselgate Solution? The fix varies for different engines, but the first part of the suggested repair updates the computer on Volkswagen’s TDI diesel cars so illegal defeat device software can be deleted. This was anticipated by pretty much every automotive expert, but the second part of the fix—which only applies to 1.6-liter engines—has them completely baffled. The Second Part Of The Solution The VW engineers have come up with what they call a “flow transformer,” which is installed right in front of the air mass sensor. This piece of plastic tubing has a screen on the inside that supposedly calms the air flowing…
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Volkswagen Offers Cash And Dealer Credit To Victims: Should They Take It?

Dieselgate is growing larger, and Volkswagen is getting desperate to save its reputation. Rumors are swirling internationally that the company is going to roll out incentive programs as a stopgap for repairs, and America is one of the first places to receive these incentives. Volkswagen Offers Cash And Dealer Credit Sources are claiming that Volkswagen of America, VW’s North American branch, is offering $500 cash and $500 dealer credit to anyone who bought a 1.6/2.0 TDI diesel car. To claim the incentives, people must log onto the website using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and register their mileage and contact information before showing up to a local dealer to claim their rewards. However, VW might be pulling another fast one on customers. Are Volkswagen Incentives Just A Trick? Hidden in the paperwork for the incentives is a clause called the “Goodwill Package Cardholder Agreements,” which limits arbitration to Sioux Falls,…
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The EPA Says Porsche And Audi SUVs Have Defeat Devices Too: VW Denies Charges

Volkswagen was caught in a web of lies when it was discovered that several of its car models were using “defeat device” software to fool the EPA and pass emissions tests. The company admitted to the deception and has been working to repair its reputation ever since. However, the deception may not be over because the EPA has announced that Porsche and Audi SUVs have defeat devices, too. Which Vehicles Have “Defeat Device” Software? The Environmental Protection Agency announced on November 2nd that it has discovered defeat device software in Audi and Porsche SUVs featuring VW 3-liter diesel engines. The vehicles in question emitted nitrogen-oxide levels nine times higher than the EPA allowed limit. This discovery was further supported by research from the California Air Resources Board and Environment Canada. How Are Authorities Responding To The Discovery? Congress was furious upon learning the revelation. Sen. Amy Klobuchar released a statement…
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Four Things Germany Won’t Tell You About The Volkswagen Scandal

Germany is well known for high quality cars. Over 20 percent of the country’s exports are auto related and over 775,000 people work for the country’s automakers, so when the VW scandal was exposed, the pride of the entire nation was hurt. That’s why there are a few things Germany won’t tell you about the Volkswagen scandal. The German Government Owns Part of VW One of the main VW investigations is being led by the German state Lower Saxony, which is where the VW headquarters is located. The state holds two seats on the VW supervisory board and owns 20 percent of the company’s voting stock, so the Lower Saxony government has a lot to lose in this scandal. Files Have Gone Missing in the Investigation Recently the state government filed a complaint with the Lower Saxony State Criminal Office asking for an investigation into missing files that may have…
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