AD #1827 – VW Likely to Miss Diesel Deadline, Uber Sets Up Bounty Program, Prius Plug-In Gets 2nd Chance at Life

March 24th, 2016 at 11:52am

Runtime: 7:50

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- VW Likely to Miss Diesel Deadline
- Uber Sets Up Hacker Bounty Program
- All-New Subaru Impreza
- Prius Plug-In Gets 2nd Chance at Life
- Refreshed Nissan GT-R
- GENESIS Shows First Concept Car
- Hyundai Unveils U.S.-spec Ioniq

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27 Comments to “AD #1827 – VW Likely to Miss Diesel Deadline, Uber Sets Up Bounty Program, Prius Plug-In Gets 2nd Chance at Life”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like the new Prius plug-in is a more serious effort than the previous one, which had basically the standard Prius powertrain with ~40 electric-only horsepower. If the new one can go 84 mph in electric mode, it must be able to clutch both MG’s together, or in some other way, get more electric power, like one of the motors being larger.

    I won’t want the car, but look forward to hearing full reviews.

  2. Lisk Says:

    VWs offers of “the funds would be used to promote clean transportation and the use of zero emission vehicles” reminds me of the infamous $25-billion tobacco settlement of the 90′s. The money was supposedly to be doled out for education and health care. We all know how that worked out. Let’s not make the same mistake again…

  3. Buzzed Says:

    New Subaru- motor has gained direct injection and some other stuff and a whole 4hp… um wow. Still underpowered.
    GTR still kind of ugly, great car, but ugly.
    VW- if they haven’t come up with a solution yet then I’m thinking buying the cars back looks a lot more likely.

  4. Bradley Says:

    VW/EPA need to remove the customer drama from the equation. Then Big Business and Big Government can fight it out.

    Allow all owners of offending TDIs to do absolutely nothing. Drive the cars as they are. Then give each owner 20% back to account for the misrepresentation, etc.

    The Market value of the cars will stabilize and customers can either sell or keep their cars.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    The new Impreza looks very much like the concept I saw at the Philly Auto show in Feb this year. It is much bigger than the out going model. My first impression is I really like it. The front of the car looks very Ford like with the grille shape, The rear of the car reminds me of my sister’s ’16 Civic. I only saw the sedan . Video of the 5 door looks a lot bigger as well. Is there any word if the Cross Trek which is based on the current 5 door will also move to this model or will they keep it as is a few more years If it does move up then I’m glad I got the 16 as it is the perfect size for my wife.

  6. WineGeek Says:

    #4 They can’t take the customer out of it, the reason for the problem is that the vehicle pollutes at a very high level. If they gave the customer 20% back then people would continue to drive and pollute the atmosphere and Volkswagen would “get away with murder”. Volkswagen would be off the hook with a monetary settlement that won’t clear the air so to speak. VW needs to step up and either fix it or own it. They shouldn’t be able to buy their way out of the lie without fixing the problem. You must remember that it was their lie to start with!

  7. dcars Says:

    In the past VW had no problems with sticking it their customers and they’ll do it now if they can.

  8. Bradley Says:

    #6

    The offending vehicles pollute less those sold before 2008 and it takes about 10 VWs to pollute as much as semi-truck.

    It is great to have strict environmental laws, but the truth is, the damage is done. It wasn’t all that much damage to begin with. NOx wasn’t regulated as strictly before.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    People at VW knowingly, and blatently broke the law, and should go to prison, but as with bank people responsible for the financial meltdown, they won’t.

  10. Bradley Says:

    #9

    Agree. VW and the individuals involved need strict punishment.

    The customers are innocent, but they will be the most inconvenienced.

  11. KEVIN M Says:

    CAN ANYBODY OUT TELL ME PLEASE IS THE 2017 REFRESHED SUBARU FORESTER AT THE NY AUTO SHOW ? THANKS

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 Yes

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11, 12 or so a friend told me.

  14. W L Simpson Says:

    http://www.tytlabs.com/tech/fpeg/fpeg02.html Inwheel motors, Batteries & a linear gen like this is all I want in my EV. We’ll talk about distracting touch screens lster

  15. G.A.Branigan Says:

    VW needs their feet to the fire for what they did.Not only in our country,but in Germany too.No excuses,no buying their way out.Fry em good,and add some prison time to it too.NO MERCY !!!

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The linear generator thing sounds interesting. It’s a matter of getting the efficiency competitive with rotary devices.

    As far as in-wheel motors, I’m skeptical about use in road vehicles. Unsprung weight is not good, and in-wheel motors have a lot of it.

  17. Buzzerd Says:

    @Bradley- great plan, reward VW for breaking the laws and continue to add extra pollution to the air we breathe. Can’t wait to hear your plan for the next oil spill.

  18. G.A.Branigan Says:

    What Ford thinks:http://conservativetribune.com/trump-threatened-ford-huge/

  19. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ John McElroy: Wow.I just watched the show on VW Diesels.I love the depth all of you on the panel dug right in.Especially Jason Vines.In a nutshell,They way in which VW is handling this debacle,boogles the mind.Suicide by arrogance.

  20. Bob Wilson Says:

    #1 – In PriusChat there is a rumor of a one-way clutch in the plug-in BUT we really won’t know until we see the Toyota technical documents. The New Car Features when the car goes on sale or the Toyota SAE papers published in April.

    As for the VW show, the scope was limited to VW in the USA. But in October the ICCT tests found ~90% of the EU diesel fleet has been cheating. The USA is looking at 580,000 cheat diesels but the EU is looking at millions and 11 million world wide.

    Speculation, VW may want a USA court order to replace cheat diesels with new, compliant cars and use the ‘cash for clunkers’ treatment. This gives some cover from the non-USA customers. Better still, the CARB/EPA issue the order so their non-USA customers won’t beat feet to the nearest, local court.

    Bob Wilson

  21. Bradley Says:

    #17

    I appreciate the support!

    I am not sure how you think I am supporting VW. I am supporting the customer.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This VW thing is still hard to believe, the deliberateness with which they broke the law, both in the U.S., and around the world.

    For customers, there could be difficult decisions. If I had a 2.0 TDI car, I’d just drive it, and wait and see what settlement comes along. If I lived somewhere different, though, like southern California, I’d feel guilty about driving it.

    The people leasing the cars may be the lucky ones. They can just drive the lease out and turn the car in, and not worry about extra depreciation, etc.

  23. Bradley Says:

    #22

    I Love our TDI Sportswagen. My wife’s only complaint is lack of AWD.

    However, she wants to abandon VW after diesel-gate.

    This is our first VW, probably will be the last for the foreseeable future.

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 If you want AWD, and want to spend more money, you might like a BMW 328i or 328d Sportwagon in the future.

    I, personally, would rule out the BMW wagon because it has mandatory AWD in the U.S., but for those that want 4WD, it’s a nice car, except for the $42K starting price. They still sell it as a diesel in the U.S., at least through the 2016 model year.

  25. Bradley Says:

    #24

    Thanks! A used 3 series Wagon is on the wish list. The cargo area is less than the VW Sportswagen though.

    So is a used Volvo V60 Wagon.

  26. KEVIN M Says:

    12 13 THANK YOU KIT FOR ANSWARING MY QUESTION ON THE 2017 REFRESHED SUBARU FORESTER YOU ALWAYS SAY SOME PRETTY WISE AND STREIGHT TO THE POINT IN ALL OF YOUR BLOGS . I HOPE YOU AND YOUR FRIEND ARE RIGHT ABOUT THE REFRESHED FORESTER BEING THERE THE NY AUTO SHOW I HAVEN’T HEARD ANYTHING SINCE THR TOYKO MOTOR SHOW LAST YEAR AND SINCE THEN HAVEN’T HEARD AS OF YET ON WHEN SUBARU PLANS ON BRINGING SATESIDE THANKS AGAIN KIT

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Kevin, I hope my friend is right, but please don’t make a trip to the show, just based on that report. He is probably correct, but is not a Saburu expert, so could be wrong about its being the refresh shown in Tokyo.