VW: EA 288 Engines Clean, EA 189 Dirty

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This comes just a day after VW said it was probing its new diesels for emissions testing cheat software. Could they have completed testing in just 24 hours?

The EA189 engine was replaced by the EA 288 in 2014, with the latter being offered in models for the US market since the start of the 2015 model year.

In a separate statement issued today, VW said diesel cars with EA 288 engines (both Euro 5 and Euro 6) meet legal and environmental requirements.

“Volkswagen confirms today that no software constituting an improper defeat device as defined in law is installed in vehicles with EA 288 EU5 as well as EU6-engines in the European Union. Consequently, new vehicles of the Volkswagen Group offered within the European Union with those engines comply with legal requirements and environmental standards,” the automaker said.

This contradicts a recent report which said VW had developed defeat devices for the EA 288 engine as well.

http://www.carscoops.com/2015/10/vw-halts-eu-sales-of-ea-189-equipped.html

VW Future: Doom & Lawsuits?

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US states organizing to sue for a recall or buyback

Just when you think there are no government agencies not already involved in VW’s Dieselgate fiasco, that there cannot really be any regulators, lawmakers, bureaucrats without a finger in the pie, news breaks that there are.

Doom and Gloom Predicted for VW…

But Not From Us

Personally, we here at MVWS don’t believe this scandal will throw VW far off its current course, which is now the world’s #1 car manufacturer. People have short memories. There was Audi’s unintended acceleration fiasco in the 1980s, and recently some very high profile scandals at Toyota and GM, and these are forgotten. 100% gone today.

Only recently, General Motors was caught covering up a serious defect in its ignition switches that cost dozens of lives. It paid a piffling $900 million fine, no one went to jail, and barely anyone talks about it anymore. Not long before, Toyota was penalized for failing to share information with regulators regarding runaway cars. The government fined Toyota $1.2 billion, and various recalls, civil suits, and consumer settlements will add billions more to the Japanese behemoth’s tab. And yet general public sentiment is again a resounding Zzzz.

This is Going to Hurt, Volkswagen

Don’t fall for the Dieselgate Armageddon crowd’s proclamations of doom. It will be complete in a year, whatever happens whether buybacks or recalls, the press will calm down, and VW sales will return.

Dieselgate Sucks Vacuum Maker Into Fray

Think it can’t get stranger? It gets stranger.

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Brit vacuum-cleaner maker Dyson is taking legal action against Bosch and Siemens, accusing the pair of cheating in energy efficiency tests.

According to Dyson, the Siemens Q8.0 and Bosch GL80/In’Genius ProPerform vacuum cleaners conveniently operate at a lower power level in lab tests, and dramatically increase their power consumption when used in the real homes. This led to the two rival machines unfairly gaining AAAA energy efficiency stickers from European regulators, it is claimed.

On Tuesday, Dyson said it has filed for an injunction against Siemens in Germany, and started proceedings in Belgium. It also said it has start legal action against Bosch in the Netherlands, and appealed to France’s advertising watchdog to get Bosch’s ads changed.

Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

Old VW Bug Ads

Road & Track has some cool VW Bug black & white ads from the 1950s up today.

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Students of modern advertising learn all about Volkswagen’s legendary 1950s and 60s ad campaigns, which highlighted everything unconventional and backward-seeming about the car—its size, its thrift, its stalwart dedication to humble minimalism in an era when American automakers were redesigning their cars yearly to be bigger, wider, and more flamboyant.

King Rose Archives maintains a fantastic YouTube channel of vintage video footage from throughout the many eras of the automobile. The Archive just uploaded a plethora of original Volkswagen ads, spanning both the Type I era and the later Super Beetle. Here are some of our favorites.

VW Outlook Not So Bleak?

VW’s stock price is recovering as reports begin to show a surprising favor toward VW in Western Europe.

Given the research results, Bernstein’s Max Warburton and team have cut their price target to €160 from €200, but are maintaining their outperform rating. “On an underlying basis, we expect a surprisingly limited impact on brand, pricing, volume and profitability (outside of the U.S. market),” the analysts said. “We continue to see VW as a business with significant strengths and attractions and with the potential for structural change and improvement.”

via Bloomberg

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But it’s VW’s home market of Germany that counts.

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And it looks good there, too.

Two-thirds of Germans still believe Volkswagen builds “outstanding” cars, despite a high-profile emissions-test cheating scandal that has damaged its image, a survey found.

Sixty-five percent said they either fully or largely agreed the scandal was overdone and that VW still made excellent cars, according to results of an independent online survey of 1,000 people published on Monday by market research firm Prophet.

Six out of 10 said they did not believe the “Made in Germany” label would be damaged by the scandal in the long term, and 63 percent believed the affair would soon be forgotten.

via Reuters

Those stats indicate both good and bad for VW. Could the worst be behind VW? It’s too early to tell. Dieselgate still has waves that are yet to crash. Certainly VW is hurt, and may give its #1 worldwide car sales position (back) to Toyota.

I Just Got a 2016 CC

I wish. Actually, it was my mom who just bought this fine VW. I’ll have more details in the next few days, but for now here are some photos I snapped of her new CC today.

VW Not Getting Down from Dieselgate

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A wounded, embarrassed VW will fall back, take stock, focus inward, and move forward from the Dieselgate scandal. Right?

Wrong. VW plans to increase its ambitions in the face of disaster. Yes, you read that right.

Our competitors are waiting for us to fall behind technologically, because we are spending all our time focusing on ourselves. But we aren’t going to do them that favour. — new VW chief executive Matthias Mueller

When some companies would crouch to avoid the missiles and barbs of the press, public and governments, according to the BBC, VW is instead redoubling efforts to increase its lead on Toyota in worldwide car sales.

Speaking to 400 top VW managers in Leipzig about how to deal with the enormous costs of the scandal, Mr Mueller made a number of startling announcements:

  • no brands would be sold off
  • innovation would be boosted
  • and overall VW would become more ambitious globally rather than less

What this means in practice is a billion euros (£735m; $1.1bn) in spending cuts annually on the one hand, and more innovation, particularly in electric cars, on the other. Plus a completely new corporate culture which allows more creativity and questioning rather than autocratic top-down decision-making.

Germany Forces VW Diesel Recall

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The Financial Times is reporting today Germany’s automobile authority is forcing VW to recall 8.5 million diesel automobiles. The recall is expected to take a year to complete.

Alexander Dobrindt, Germany’s transport minister, said KBA’s recall would be mandatory rather than voluntary partly because of the sheer number of vehicles affected.

“This is a recall of a dimension that makes a degree of control and oversight indispensable,” he added.

 

IMHO Dieselgate scalndal has much gettin’ worse to do before we see gettin’ better. We’re still in the beginning.

Lots Going on at VW These Days

Dieselgate shows no signs of going away. The public is angry, and governments are taking action.

There are lawsuits. VW’s CEO resigned.

Volkswagen will focus on electrics and hybrids  following this diesel emissions scandal, turning a gigantic portion of their focus away from a bedrock of Volkswagen’s direction in the last 40 years. There’s even talk that diesel is dead.

And, in the midst of this, I’m launching this site. It’s a sister site to my Volvo DIY forum.

It’ll be interesting to look back at this post in ten or fifteen years and see where VW goes from here.