AD #1892 – VW to Pay Diesel Owners, Boxes: Not Just for Kids to Play With, Chinese Buyers Switching to Chinese Brands

June 24th, 2016 at 11:51am

Runtime: 8:30

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- VW to Pay Diesel Owners in the U.S.
- What’s the Most Important Auto Show?
- Hydrogen Fuel Could Cost $0.50/Gallon
- GM Developing Fuel Cell Sub with the Navy
- The Amazing Stretch-O Car!
- Jeep Hits Jackpot with Wooden Parts Crate
- New Porsche Panamera Pics Leaked
- Chinese Buyers Switching to Chinese Brands

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11 Comments to “AD #1892 – VW to Pay Diesel Owners, Boxes: Not Just for Kids to Play With, Chinese Buyers Switching to Chinese Brands”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I remember when I purchased my home (in 1977), how I was told that electricity would be so cheap, that that is why our home and the vast majority of homes (sold then) had electric heat/cool/water heater/stove, etc.; so color me skeptical when they say that Hydrogen is going to come into it’s own at a 50 cents per gallon equivalent. Don’t think so.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yep, electricity needs to be almost free for hydrogen to be cheap, as it takes a lot of energy to electrolyze water. Then, you still have that little problem of needing to store the hydrogen at about 4000psi, or liquified at about -425 degrees, to have a vehicle with useful range.

  3. Lisk Says:

    Sean, I’m sure the Jeep is near the top, But I’m inclined to say the Honda Civic is the most Modified. It seems all the ones in my area sound like angry chain saws!

    VWs proposed settlement? The up to $7000 payments will be had by a very limited number of people. Hint to VW: Here’s how to get the new non compliant ones off your lot – Give new buyers the same amount (or greater) and pay the the Feds some more to offset the pollution and viola you get back in the sales race!

  4. RumNCoke Says:

    I’m still not certain I would buy a Chrysler but I have to tip my hat to their brilliance in turning lemons into lemonade. Crates into collector’s items? Wow, that’s good.

    PS – I would like to see a “seat time” comparo between the MX-5 and the Fiat 124. Just sayin’.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Here’s is a pretty good 124 vs Miata article:

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Sorry, that Autoblog article has no actual driving. This one does, but a prototype.

  7. Ziggy Says:

    Even if the hydrogen is cheap, which it probably won’t be, the vehicles will be anything but cheap, just more hype for a dream tech that everyone has moved on about. Next.

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I think I know where they are going with hydrogen and that is limitless supply, virtually no (or vastly) lower emissions (though there still will be minuscule oil consumption when used in internal combustion engines) and cleaner distribution. I agree with Ziggy that it is not ready for prime time yet. And agree with Kit about production and storage.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    And once again,now it’s time for something completely different:

  10. Chuck Grenci Says:

    In my best Gene Wilder (as the eminent Dr. Frankenstein): plus to minus and minus to plus; IT COULD WORK! Nice one G.A.

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The geek in me had to know. The batteries would have a capacity of about 24 kwH, if the info I found, and my calculation was correct. That’s about like a Nissan Leaf battery. Most buyers of the AA-Klass will replace the alkaline batteries with NiMH, for the convenience of not having to replace the batteries every day. They will then have to plug it in, though.