This is the Opel Flextreme diesel concept car from 2007, the same year the EU published its loophole allowing Opel s defeat device.Today, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told the press that General Motors European subsidiary Opel, in a meeting with regulators, admitted to using a diesel defeat system in at least one car, as Automotive News Europe reports:Opel confirmed during the meeting that the exhaust treatment systems shut down under certain speed and air pressure conditions to protect the engine, Dobrindt said.And there s good reason for the EU to have such a provision—European agencies have found evidence of European carmakers cheating on their emissions tests as far back as 2006.That s nine long years before researchers in West Virginia busted Volkswagen s American operations.Last year, the European Federation for Transport and Environment T published this report detailing how Opel, BMW, Audi, VW, and Mercedes-Benz put out five times the legal limit for NOx in the real world while they all pass the EU s laboratory tests.Not only have EU regulators known that their home carmakers have been cheating with defeat systems for years, they ve even been aware of which companies have been doing it and to what degree.
GIFTesla s Summon feature has been rather contentious lately, but that didn t stop one dad from using it to prank his son by locking him the car and making him think he was in a runaway death machine.Welcome to the future of dad pranks.To be honest this kid is way, way calmer than I would be if I thought my dad s car had been suddenly possessed by the demons of hell chauffeuring me to my end in the luxurious carriage of death that is the Model S.I m guessing the kid knows that the car can already drive itself using the Autopilot system on the highway, but maybe doesn t know about the Summon feature that uses the same sensors to pull out of the garage on command.Or maybe it s faked.The Dad s gonna kill me remark also makes me want to believe he thinks his Force powers have suddenly activated, like that VW Superbowl commercial.Sorry kid, we ve all felt that crushing disappointment of learning we re not, in fact, a Jedi.
For the past week, I've been testing out a VW Beetle "Dune," a special edition of the iconic reboot of the legendary "people's car."The car is loads of fun, has an amazing audio system, and is pretty cheap, at less than $25,000.But it also has a nifty feature that no driver is ever going to see — although he or she might hear it, and it solves a problem that every driver with a backup camera has faced when the weather gets rough.Check it out.View As: One PageSlides
Over the next five years, diesel engines in cars and light trucks are likely to double in market share, according to AutoCar.The result has been that diesel engine sales are down and are likely to remain that way for the rest of the year.In the longer run, however, diesels will be back.Both the DTF and Honeywell, which makes the turbos used in many turbodiesel engines, believe several factors will lead the sector to not just regain but double its previous market share.Because diesel engines typically get better mileage than gasoline engines, the advantage for diesels is therefor less pronounced, as it is for alternative fuel and hybrid-powered cars.Particularly with the increasing number of cars that demand or work best with premium gasoline, diesel fuel and the extra mileage it delivers will seem like even more of a bargain.
At 3300 pounds it s no longer a featherweight, and with dimensions that are nearly identical for a four-door Golf, it s not all that miniature, either.While the classic Mini traits of spritely, engaging performance and quirky design still exist here, as the company s design focus continues to evolve with the market, it s not surprising to discover that they re largely relegated to the periphery now.So it s through that lens that one must look at the 2016 Cooper S Clubman, a Mini which casts its net far wider than its core fanbase in hopes of reeling in a number of Mazda3, Ford Focus and VW Golf Sportwagen converts along the way.Sure, there s a Sport button, three pedals on the floor and a turbocharger under the hood, but the Cooper S Clubman has clearly been tuned with comfort placed at a higher priority than corner carving.In comparison to the Mini Hardtop the Clubman s suspension tuning is noticeably softer, with body roll and brake dive quickly beginning becoming evident on demanding roads.The new Clubman, like most of the rest of the current Mini lineup, will likely find favor with buyers who re looking for a car with more personality than the alternatives but would prefer to forego the potential drawbacks in comfort and convenience that are inherent to high performance tuning, diminutive proportions and quirkiness.
Volkswagen Group made it rain on Gett with a $300 million investment, as part of a strategic partnership that aims to fuel Gett s growth.Alongside our pioneering role in the automotive business, we aim to become a world leading mobility provider by 2025, said Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller, in the press release announcing the deal.Within the framework of our future Strategy 2025, the partnership with Gett marks the first milestone for the Volkswagen Group on the road to providing integrated mobility solutions that spotlight our customers and their mobility needs.The on-demand ride-hailing company has raised at least $520 million to date and operates in more than 60 cities worldwide.With VW s investment, Gett will now accelerate its expansion to the rest of Europe, and strengthen its position in NYC, where we already operate, said Gett s founder and CEO Shahar Waiser, in the same press release.May the investment be used to work on a log-out button.
Automaker Toyota today announced that it s investing an unspecified amount of money in app-enabled alternative cab service Uber — through Toyota Financial Services and Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership — and also partnering with the startup around ridesharing.The companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding MOU to explore collaboration, starting with trials, in the world of ridesharing in countries where ridesharing is expanding, taking various factors into account such as regulations, business conditions, and customer needs, Toyota said in a statement.According to the statement, there will be new ways to lease Toyotas and then earn money to cover their monthly payments by driving for Uber, and Uber will buy new Toyotas and Lexuses.But also, the two companies will be sharing knowledge and accelerating their respective research efforts.The two companies are very different but have some overlap.Uber, which currently relies on human drivers to take passengers around, is working on an autonomous vehicle, while Toyota has begun artificial intelligence AI research in collaboration with MIT and Stanford University for helping humans drive more safely.Elsewhere, earlier this month Google said it s working with Fiat Chrysler to deliver self-driving minivans.Tesla, meanwhile, is reported to be working with South Korean company to Mando to extend its self-driving capability.GM has acquired the technology and assets of onetime Uber competitor Sidecar, and it has also acquired Cruise Automation.And most important of all, GM has sunk $500 million into Lyft.Earlier today it was announced that VW has invested $300 million in smaller Uber competitor Gett.We are proud to partner with Toyota in a variety of ways, including the expansion of our vehicle financing program, an Uber spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.San Francisco-based Uber is believed to be the most valuable privately held company in the world.
Gett, a cab-hailing startup with operations across some 60 cities, is getting a $300 million investment from German car giant Volkswagen.VW plans to use the investment to spearhead its own move into ride-sharing, on-demand transportation and autonomous cars.We have confirmed with Gett s co-founder and CEO Shahar Waiser that VW is the sole investor in this round.VW is Europe s largest car maker, with other brands under its ownership including Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini and many more.And while $300 million is no small sum of money to sniff at and is a huge win for Gett, $300 million is a relatively small sum for VW, which reported revenues of $238 billion €213 billion in 2015.Gett CEO Waiser, who co-founded the company with Roi More, tells us there are many reasons why the partnership makes sense: The first is that we share the same footprint.
Gett Inc., a taxi-ordering application that competes with Uber Technologies Inc., raised $300 million in a strategic investment from German carmaker Volkswagen AG to fund its growth in Europe and New York City.Gett, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, has offered rides for as low as $1 and expanded its services to include deliveries of goods.Volkswagen s contribution brings total funds raised by Gett to more than $520 million, the taxi service said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement.Volkswagen made the investment as part of a push to boost digital offerings and move beyond its diesel-engine manipulation scandal.Mobility services promise strong growth prospects and earnings potential in coming years, VW said Tuesday in a statement.Within the framework of our future Strategy 2025, the partnership with Gett marks the first milestone for the Volkswagen Group on the road to providing integrated mobility solutions that spotlight our customers and their mobility needs.With operations in over 60 cities worldwide, including London, Moscow and New York, Gett is a major ride-hailing provider and services will be expanded further as part of the alliance with VW.More than 250 employees are developing the plan, which will comprise eight key initiatives across the group, Mueller said last week at an internal management meeting at the carmaker s Wolfsburg, Germany, headquarters.Volkswagen is not the first car manufacturer to get involved in the ride-hailing business.
Staying relevant in the automotive industry seems increasingly tied to the ride-sharing industry, and now, Volkswagen Group has become the latest to join the foray.It s a trendy move as of late, with General Motors announcing a similar investment in Lyft earlier this year, and Uber partnering with a major Chinese automaker back in 2015.In London, the service has seen particular success, with over half of all black cabs operated by the transportation startup.With VW s investment, Gett will now accelerate its expansion to the rest of Europe, and strengthen its position in NYC, where we already operate.For its part, Volkswagen has clearly taken note of the need to expand its market, and in particular, the opportunity made available by on-demand mobility.Within the framework of our future Strategy 2025, the partnership with Gett marks the first milestone for the Volkswagen Group on the road to providing integrated mobility solutions that spotlight our customers and their mobility needs.
There are American TechCrunch now reports that the German car giant has invested $ 300 million, equivalent to 2.5 billion, in taxiappen Gett. Volkswagen is Europe's largest car producer and owns brands such as Audi and Porsche. The only Swedish tech company who has taken up similar amounts in the near term is Spotify. First, competition in taxiappmarknaden fierce with strong players like Didi and lift, in addition to the giant Uber. 2.5 billion is no small commitment for a normal billion company with Volkswagen is like dipping your toes to feel the water. Car giant had sales last year nearly 2,000 billion, yes, billion.
photographer: Toyota Toyota invests in taxi service Uber and establish leases to car owners who can be paid with revenues from Uber. Toyota makes the investment in Uber, through its finance company Toyota Financial Service Creation Co. and Mirai Creation Investment. With cooperation like Toyota see how future services for carpooling can be developed. The two companies will study and develop new services for car-pooling and car-sharing. The cooperation will commence during the second half of 2016, initially as a pilot project, says Toyota. The partnership is one in a series in recent times where the established automakers approaching IT company that develops bildelningstjänster, as GM and now lifting, and VW in the company Gett.
I'll try to get an Uber even when there is an empty taxi idling in front of me, just on principle and because it's usually cheaper .I love the way its driver-passenger rating system encourages mutually reciprocal good behaviour.Clearly VW thinks Gett is going to give Uber a run for its money.For that reason, a taxi driver told me, Edinburgh's black cabbies are backing Gett heavily against Uber.The Uber app's price surge alerts more drivers, and more of them hit the street.Clearly, Uber intends to make Gett work for that $300 million.SEE ALSO: Uber Has Changed My Life And As God Is My Witness I Will Never Take A Taxi AgainNOW WATCH: The insanely successful life of Uber billionaire Travis KalanickLoading video...
Toyota said the two companies would share also knowledge and speed up their research efforts in areas such as driverless cars.Volkswagen announced an investment in Gett, an Israel-based rideshare operator.Gett chief executive Shahar Waiser also stressed that the partnership with VW would involve technology and innovation.Uber's deal with Toyota follows Apple's $1bn investment in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing.That has been regarded in some quarters as a political move by the US technology giant to bolster its presence in the crucial Chinese market.In March, General Motors invested $500m in US Uber rival Lyft to help develop an on-demand network of self-driving cars.
Volkswagen, federal regulators, and attorneys representing owners must finalize a settlement relating to the diesel emissions scandal by June 21, and the federal judge overseeing the case says they will likely meet that deadline.Senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said all parties involved have made substantial progress in finalizing an agreement, according to the Associated Press.The scandal began in September when the Environmental Protection Agency EPA announced that Volkswagen used defeat device to cheat on emissions tests, but a draft plan to address delinquent cars wasn t announced until last month.It is unclear how much money owners will receive in a buyback, or whether they will receive additional compensation from Volkswagen.Authorities also haven t discussed fines or penalties VW may face for its illegal actions.A public comment period will follow, with a preliminary hearing on July 26 to decide whether to implement the plan.
Traditional carmakers putting money into buzzy Silicon Valley ride-hailing startups has suddenly become a big thing in business.General Motors invested $500 million in Lyft, Toyota just invested an undisclosed — though reportedly modest — amount in Uber, and VW put $300 million into Gett.These aren't tiny amounts of money, but in the grand scheme of the valuation of an Uber — more than $60 billion, with over $10 billion in venture funding raised — they're cautious forays into the space.For the sake of comparison, a major automaker will spend $1 billion to develop just one new vehicle, and all automakers contribute to a multibillion-dollar advertising gold rush every year to market the cars and trucks.Much of the commentary around these investment plays has highlighted the 100-year-old-plus auto industry's reluctance to get left in the disruptive dust by hot new enterprises that are, allegedly, shifting the world away from car ownership — a bogus claim, obviously, as automakers are now selling more cars and trucks than ever.But what GM, Toyota, and Volkswagen are really doing is attacking one of their thorniest challenges.The problem of 'fleet'It's called "fleet sales."In a nutshell, these are the cars that automakers sell in large numbers to certain customers, such as rental-car agencies, governments, and corporations.Rather, they rely on independent operators to buy acceptable cars and then qualify to participate the ride-sharing platform.You can see why automakers would want a piece of this.The Toyota deal with Uber actually bakes in the financing, and Uber drivers who get a Toyota vehicle will be able to use their earnings to make payments.This all wouldn't be such an appealing arrangement for traditional automakers if Uber, Lyft, and others didn't need to have their drivers in relatively high-quality, new-ish cars.A beaten-up Toyota Camry is OK as a New York City yellow cab, but it isn't as an Uber vehicle, which is supposed to provide an environment that's more like a "black car" executive limo.So there you have it.Ride-hailing startups have inadvertently supplied automakers with a magic bullet to change the dynamics of how they do fleet sales.
Volkswagen is reportedly planning to build its own multi-billion-euro battery factoryThe Volkswagen Group is preparing to build a multi-billion-euro factory for producing electric car batteries, as it hopes to challenge Tesla and put the 'Dieselgate' emissions scandal behind it.The factory, expected to be similar to Tesla's Gigafactory One currently under construction in Nevada, US, will play a key role in VW's plans to build and sell one million electric cars annually by the middle of the next decade.Unnamed company sources speaking to Handelsblatt, a German publication with a good track record for breaking automotive stories, said the new factory would allow VW to sever ties with Asian battery producers like Panasonic, LG and Samsung.The Volkswagen Group owns a wide range of car, truck and motorbike manufacturers, including VW, Audi, Bentley, Skoda, Seat, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche, Ducati, VW Commercial Vehicles, Scania and Man.Handelsblatt says the VW board of executives "looks likely" to approve plans for the new battery factory.In this situation it would severely limit the engine's power to keep it safely below the US limit for nitrogen oxide.
Focus RS's 350 horsepower whisk away the car from zero to sixty 4.7 seconds. Control the pace with the lighter and cornering control system to keep a good feel for the road. Focus RS is the first time the four-wheel drive, and it can be found in four different driving modes. The engine is available only in four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.3-liter petrol version, which is six jagged gearbox responds smoothly. RS is made to travel and spending desires, and horse power consumption are displayed, which does not test drive dropped to less than 11 liters satasella even freeway. The model competitors such as the VW Golf R, Audi RS3, the BMW M135i and Mercedes-AMG A45.
Image Source: sudouest.frVW is having some public relations issues, a delicate way of saying that the automaker lied to the federal government and thousands of customers about emissions.According to German publication Handelsblatt, VW will be building a multi-billion euro factory dedicated to electric vehicles, a rival facility to Tesla s vaunted Gigafactory.DON T MISS: Game of Thrones is falling apartAside from being a PR move, opening a giant factory to build electric vehicles and batteries would likely be a shrewd move.Although only a handful of car makers are producing electric vehicles right now, the world s supply of EV-grade batteries is already being stretched.Assuming that most large car makers are going to introduce a plug-in vehicle in the next couple years not a great leap , that problem is only going to get worse.The company is currently in the process of basically trying to bribe the EPA and by extension, the federal government not to prosecute over Dieselgate.
View photosMoreA VW sign is seen outside a Volkswagen dealership in London, Britain November 5, 2015.Volkswagen, or VW, which posted 213 billion euros $237.90 billion of revenue last year, on Wednesday signed a cooperation with ride-hailing company Gett after announcing a $300 million investment in the firm last week.Cooperation with Gett may lead to business models involving car sharing, limousine rides and taxi services in the fast-growing ride-hailing market which in Europe alone may yield 10 billion euros of sales by 2025 and could grow more than 30 percent annually, VW Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said."Through this partnership, we're getting access to 100 million VW customers," Gett founder and chief executive Shahar Weiser said.Wolfsburg-based VW has long ignored alternative mobility concepts unlike its German rivals Daimler and BMW who have for years been running their own car-sharing operations."Volkswagen now is not the same as Volkswagen before I became CEO" in September 2015, Mueller said, indicating the group is willing to expand beyond manufacturing and selling cars as a means to broaden its appeal with customers.