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BMW Announces Second Life for i3 Batteries as Home Power Supplies

BMW Announces Second Life for i3 Batteries as Home Power Supplies

BMW announced a solution that puts batteries from BMW i3 electric vehicles to good use when they can no longer serve to power the i3 itself.
What the Bavarian automaker termed a “stationary energy storage system solution” was announced this week at the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition 29 in Montreal, …

German Prosecutors Announce Investigation of Former VW CEO Winterkorn in Dieselgate Scandal

German Prosecutors Announce Investigation of Former VW CEO Winterkorn in Dieselgate Scandal

L’affaire Dieselgate may have involved Volkswagen’s former CEO as well as a member of the automaker’s management board, German prosecutors said Monday.
The Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor in Braunschweig, a neighboring city to Wolfsburg in Lower Saxony, Germany, said that the former executive, Martin Winterkorn, is suspected of having waited too …

VW Introduces Smart Navi that Learns “Regular Routes”

VW Introduces Smart Navi that Learns “Regular Routes”

For those who wondered why their car’s navigation system doesn’t take a hint after following the same route for months or years, Volkswagen may have a solution. The automaker introduced Tuesday a navigation system that learns regularly driven routes.
VW says that “Regular Routes” will memorize routes a driver regularly takes, …

Number of Diesels in U.S. Up for 2015 Despite Dieselgate

Number of Diesels in U.S. Up for 2015 Despite Dieselgate

The number of diesel passenger cars, SUVs, vans, and pick-up trucks on the road in the United States increased slightly in 2015, although a combination of lower fuel prices and an emissions scandal caused many buyers to purchase petrol-powered cars.
Dieselgate brought the diesel market in the United States to a …

Volkswagen Dieselgate Fix for 2.0-Liter Engines Gets Green Light from German Regulators

Volkswagen Dieselgate Fix for 2.0-Liter Engines Gets Green Light from German Regulators

The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority, approved Volkswagen’s technical solution to put its 2.0-liter TDI engines into compliance with current emissions standards. The engines were originally equipped with software that allowed them to pass emissions tests but pollute more when in use on the road.
The fix includes a software …

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling some 1.1 million cars and SUVs because some drivers have found their gear shift levers confusing and would exit the vehicle without shifting into park.
The recall covers 811,586 cars in the United States and 317,616 in other markets.
The move follows a 2015 National …

Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel was introduced in the United States ten years ago, in 2006. The move to the new standard – 15 ppm of sulfur – was mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency effective October 15, 2006 and California began requiring it on September 1, 2006.
The change came about …

Former Engine Chief at VW Wolfgang Hatz Resigns

Former Engine Chief at VW Wolfgang Hatz Resigns

The former head of engine and transmission development at Volkswagen, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the embattled automaker.
Most recently head of development at Porsche, Hatz had been suspended seven months ago due to his possible participation in the Dieselgate scandal. The move was made at his own request.
Volkswagen admitted installing software …

BMW Adds New Features and Greater Range to i3 for 2017

BMW Adds New Features and Greater Range to i3 for 2017

BMW’s electric city car will get a significant boost in range for the upcoming model year.
On Monday, the automaker announced a new version of the i3 electric vehicle with a more powerful battery and larger fuel tank for the range extender. The vehicle’s electric range will increase from 80 miles …

2016 Lexus LS 600h L – Review and Test Drive

2016 Lexus LS 600h L – Review and Test Drive

The Lexus LS made its debut in 1989 as a 1990 model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For the uninitiated, LS stands for “luxury sedan” and the car’s quiet cabin and luxurious interior, combined with a very high level of customer service, helped launch the Lexus …

VW CEO Apologizes to Obama: ‘We Have Disappointed Many People’

VW CEO Apologizes to Obama: ‘We Have Disappointed Many People’

The CEO of embattled automaker Volkswagen made a personal apology to President Obama last Sunday for the Dieselgate scandal.
Martin Müller, who was appointed to the position of chief executive last fall, following the departure of long-time CEO Martin Winterkorn, said he had a short two-minute exchange with the president during …

Germany Recalls 630,000 Diesels from Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, and VW

Germany Recalls 630,000 Diesels from Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, and VW

German authorities called on Friday for the recall of approximately 630,000 diesel-powered vehicles in order to update their emissions control systems.
The recall, which affects Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche, and Volkswagen, calls for the engine control software to be updated because the affected vehicles’ systems would suppress emissions controls at low …