The German manufacturer Volkswagen has just seen a new pavement launched in his pond. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has indeed confirmed to have discovered a software modifying the pollutant tests of the diesel engines V6 of the family. In a short press release issued a few hours after the government notice, VW has however denied any installation of this type of software in the vehicles mentioned.
According to the EPA, the Volkswagen Touareg and several Audi models including the A6, A7, A8 and Q5 2015 are among the vehicles where the software would be installed. Porsche is also concerned for the first time while the 3.0-liter V6 TDI is offered in the Cayenne sport utility. In the latter case, it is the 2016 edition that would be affected by the fraud. A total of 10,000 vehicles in the United States and an unknown number elsewhere in the world are affected by this EPA warning.
This new tile for Volkswagen comes to cast a serious doubt on all the allegations of the company and could even compromise the new big boss of the Volkswagen Group and former CEO of Porsche, Matthias Mueller.
Until now, 11 million vehicles equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI engine are being recalled for successfully defrauding US emission test results. The company faces a multi-billion dollar fine.
For the moment, no formal announcement of recall and technical solution has been confirmed yet.
Individual lawsuits against Volkswagen
The city of Houston, Texas has decided to take the lead and directly sue the German automaker Volkswagen for false greenhouse gas emissions data.
The scandal of Volks continues to grow over the days and “individuals” have decided to initiate a lawsuit themselves by pointing out that these diesel cars “emit emissions of dangerous chemicals.”
The question now is whether it is credible and legitimate to initiate individual legal proceedings under the pretext that the surrounding vehicles are detrimental to air quality.
Cities like Houston claim that their efforts to maintain acceptable air quality and reduce pollution are diminished by the Volkswagen and Audi diesel outdoor car cover that go around.
The EPA has not commented on the principle of individual prosecutions, but it will be interesting to see how many such cases will be initiated in the coming weeks.
VW will call back its cars
Volkswagen has finally confirmed that 11 million vehicles will be recalled during the month of October to correct the problem of diesel engines rigged. This global reminder will be preceded by more precise information regarding the correction made to the engines. Recall that the company confirmed that among the 11 million cars affected, 5 million came from VW itself, while Audi had 2.1 million, Seat, the Spanish division, 700 000 units and some 1.8 million utilities globally.
The leaders also confirmed that the other divisions, Porsche and Lamborghini, are not affected by the event.
As for the recall itself, it is too early to know the solution adopted by the Group to correct the affected EA189 engines. Each country will have a specific web page to provide information to owners who will be personally notified.
VW executives promised that a global correction solution would be proposed to the authorities before the end of the month.
Diesel scandal: 2.1 million Audi affected
In the wake of the scandal that plagues the Volkswagen Group, in connection with the distorted results pollutant emissions, Audi has confirmed that 2.1 million of its vehicles are vehicles equipped with fraudulent software.
In total, Audi said 1.42 million vehicles were equipped with software in Western Europe, 577,000 in Germany and 13,000 in the United States and Canada.
The affected models are the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5, said company spokesman Jürgen De Graeve, in a communicated
Important detail however, these 2.1 million units were already included in the 11 million cars in the world that Volkswagen confirmed to have been affected by the faulty software. Seat, another division of the VW group, also claimed that more than 500,000 units were affected by the hacked calculation.
For the moment, no solution has been officially announced by Volkswagen for its models affected. Germany, however, gave a short deadline, until October 7, for the establishment of a solution, otherwise the company is exposed to heavy fines.
In a press conference during a recent product launch, Volkswagen spokesman Thomas Thetzlaf confirmed that the company’s priority was to reassure consumers. A microsite, http://www.vwemissionsinfo.ca , has been put online to answer questions from homeowners while waiting for a formal decision.
“Certainly, we have twinned with the United States and any action taken there is resumed here,” concluded the spokesman, without bringing back deadlines for a correction operation.
The Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept unveiled in Frankfurt
We had only a sketch we could not identify, so now we have a concept. The Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept was launched tonight at a preview event where all the latest news from the Volkswagen Group, now the number one car manufacturer in the world, were presented. This is not the first time that Audi has told us about a model called E-Tron, but at least we have the impression that we are approaching something tangible. The concept presented in Frankfurt would be the precursor of a possible all-electric SUV that should be launched in 2018 to compete with the Tesla Model X planned for him … in a few weeks.
The Tesla will have a head start that Audi will want to catch up. To do this, the ecological utility of the German manufacturer will use three electric motors (one at the front, two at the rear) developing 435 horses. However, when necessary, for example if you have to accelerate sharply, the system can develop up to 592 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.
The Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept is able to reach 100 km / h in 4.6 seconds while its autonomy is 500 kilometers according to the manufacturer with a battery of 95 kWh (compared to 90 kWh for the Model X).
With a super fast charging station, it will take about 50 minutes to fully charge the battery. The interaction between the three engines will be managed by an intelligent system designed to modulate the contribution of the various engines according to the needs. The driver can also manage it as he wishes.