AD #2036 – VW Compensates 3.0L Diesel Owners, Mercedes Unveils AMG GLE43, Dodge Demon Weight Loss Secrets

February 1st, 2017 at 11:48am

Runtime: 7:50

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- Bosch Settles Lawsuit
- VW Compensates 3.0L Diesel Owners
- Model S & i3 Fall Short in IIHS Tests
- Dodge Demon Weight Loss Secrets
- BMW Introduces 5 Series Touring Model
- Mercedes Unveils AMG GLE43
- Have We Reached an EV Tipping Point?

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15 Comments to “AD #2036 – VW Compensates 3.0L Diesel Owners, Mercedes Unveils AMG GLE43, Dodge Demon Weight Loss Secrets”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    Peter Rawlinson (chief technology officer of Lucid Motors and chief engineer of Tesla Model S)
    “…electric cars are eminently better than gasoline cars, in so many ways, Tesla’s shown that. Lucid’s going to take that to a whole new level…”
    Gee, ya’ think the guy may be just a bit biased?

  2. Barry T Says:

    Interesting Tesla headlights are pointed out as so ba -, it seems a lot of technology is going into the styling (which I generally like) of lights but not so much the functionality, AND also not the automatic on at night … with so many illuminated instrument panels people are driving without lights a lot more these days. I wonder What the IIHS has to say about that?

  3. Vic Says:

    I’m waiting for a Tesla software update to fix that crash test result.

  4. ToddT Says:

    VW owners shouldn’t count their chickens for good long while. Owners of the 2.0 engine TDI cars are finding it very difficult to get VW to follow through with compensation. My own personal experience is that VW keeps changing the rules and requirements for documentation they seem to demand. They are supremely slow to respond and have missed every deadline specified in the settlement agreement. This is on top of a requirement that once you get them to live up to the promised compensation they require owners (at the the owner’s expense) to have their signature notarized on the final claim. VW is behaving as is typical for those who are untrustworthy: they are distrustful.

  5. Lisk Says:

    I think energy density is going the have to have a big increase to make electric cars more mainstream. We have already seen prices drop per Kwh, but to me it still doesn’t make sense to add weight of more batteries to increase the range- that’s kind of self defeating.

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Two thumbs up, Ron #1 comment:
    Sooooo, batteries are going to be somewhat less expensive, and per Peter Rawlinson, density won’t be (as much), so that still leaves range a s a stumbling block. Also, “eminently better than gasoline cars”, maybe in some areas but to sum it up; don’t think so.

  7. Lisk Says:

    Poor Alfa. I just pulled the sales numbers for January, and Alfa only found homes for 70 Giulias. This is so disappointing. I hope the Stelvio will generate some real sales numbers. If the Stelvio flops, I fear Alfa is doomed.

    On another note, the Ford GT has participated in its second 24 Hours of Daytona, yet not a single production car has been delivered. Porsche brought mid-engined 911s, and the ran in the GTLM class with the 488s and Corvettes. IMSA is really lenient on the rules to get manufacturer’s involvement.

  8. Albemarle Says:

    #2. I agree about the need for automatic lights. Particularly here in Canada with daytime driving lights. Very few manufacturers light up the taillights, so it’s easy to be lulled into driving through dusk into night time thinking your lights are on but you have no taillights and weak headlights.
    I think only Toyota turn on the taillights with daytime driving lights.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1, 6 etc.
    Pure electric cars will always be a niche market, at least for the foreseeable future. EV’s can work well for most commutes, for people who have a place to plug them in, but for highway trips, even at their best, a Tesla S with “superchargers,” you have about half the range, and much longer “pit stops” that with regular cars.

    I’d consider a plug-in hybrid, like Prius Prime or Volt, that has useful electric range, but also, can be driven on gas with good efficiency. Of those two, the Volt is better if you drive mostly on plug-in juice, while the Prime is better for driving mostly on gas.

  10. Ron Paris Says:

    Kit #9: I suppose they make decent taxis, if that’s what you’re after.

  11. buzzerd Says:

    @8, after years of having cats with auto headlights it’s tough to remember to turn on the lights on my wife car. Partly cause I don’t drive it that much but also because the dash is always lit I forget.

  12. Len Simpson Says:

    This is the one I want

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Another article about the Nissan e-power, which makes sense.

    It should get good city mog, but is unlikely to do well for highway driving, with the conversion loss of a motor and a generator, all the time.

  14. stephen Says:

    EV cars are the ideal shared mobility platform. They should have the lowest cost per mile and shared mobility will be the millennial car option of choice. Unless car costs fall either from lower safety features needed (automated driving cutting accidents) or brand elimination (PSA/Renault/Volvo/Mazda/Suzuki/Mitsubishi/Subaru/Seat/Accura). That all presumes Millennials dont all move to cities where there is excellent-expanding public transport and bike use and like Japan and Europe stop driving so much or not at all…

  15. stephen Says:

    While the dieselgate scandal cost VW dearly, the change to EV over diesel might be a godsend to VW IF they can catch up. Note they were far behind Toyota and Asian cars in hybrid and had no specific green car like the Prius/Volt or Bolt. Diesel power could not go much further once the EU fixed the realworld MPG test results like the EPA have. Only BMW had tried with the i-series. If China ever mandates EV cars in high smog cities, then VW sales would have crashed (and profitable Audi). VW will want sale results from the new big R&D spend on EV and their commitment to the EPA to sell more EVs. With the genie out of the bottle on diesel emissions Euro car makers know spending big on diesel is a dead-end for small-medium urban cars. Every lawsuit is a reminder to get EV cars on sale and perhaps hydrogen.