Diesel Emissions Scandal Now Includes 2.1M Audi Cars

Diesel Emissions Scandal Now Includes 2.1M Audi Cars Audi has revealed that 2.1 million of its vehicles are fit with software that is meant to cheat diesel emissions tests.
Of that total, 1.42 million of the vehicles are in Western Europe, 577,00 are in Germany alone, while just 13,000 are in the U.S. The models affected are the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 according to Audi.
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After being called out by the EPA in the U.S., VW admitted that in this area 11 millions vehicles worldwide were fitted with the Type EA 189 diesel engines that were designed to cheat on emissions tests. Roughly 5 million of the vehicles are VW brand cars, with the rest belonging to companies owned by VW.
Volkswagen is still investigating the matter and has not yet announced how it plans to fix the affected vehicles. Last week, Martin Winterkorn resigned as the CEO of Volkswagen in the wake of the scandal and was replaced later in the week by Matthis Mueller, the former head of Porsche.
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What’s So Bad About the Extra NOx VWs Emitted?

What’s So Bad About the Extra NOx VWs Emitted? In getting caught in a cheating scandal, Volkswagen was called out for emitting 10-40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxides, or NOx.
In small, nitrogen oxides are toxic gases produced under high pressure in the engine by combining nitrogen and oxygen.
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NOx may cause myriad adverse effects to the environment and human health, and derivatives of the family of nitrogen oxides include nitrogen dioxide, nitric acid, nitrous oxide, nitrates, and nitric oxide.
Environment
NOx has been linked to smog and acid rain which harm plant and animal life; the land and the water.
Acid in the environment may also come down not just as “rain” but as fog, snow, or dry particles.
It can travel hundreds of miles on the winds, and acid hurt surfaces it comes in contact with, including to buildings, cars, monuments, and more.
Ahead of schedule morning emissions in London. © Simon Birkett 2014.
As for smog, this is not desirable anywhere, but California has long raised a flag against any threat to its air quality. Its Air Resources Board once got its charter in generous part because of dense blankets of smog that characterized its regions.
Authorities in the U.S. and Europe are still combating NOx which comes predominantly from human technologies such as the engines that drive vehicles and equipment.
In the air, NOx may form nitric acid and related particles by reacting with ammonia, moisture, or other compounds.
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It can sully and deteriorate water quality in lakes and streams and mass by nitrogen loading.
The Chesapeake Bay is now under siege by nitrogen pollution, as one example. A condition leading to oxygen reduction called eutrophication can diminish the population of fish and shelfish.
Last but not least, NOx is a greenhouse gas, leading to global warming and climate change.
Human Health
NOx is made up of nitric oxide (NO) and poisonous nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in less vital quantities.
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German Tuner Mansory Offers Surprisingly Subtle Model S Upgrades

German Tuner Mansory Offers Surprisingly Subtle Model S Upgrades Mansory has revealed its version of the Tesla Model S and surprisingly it’s not that idiotic.
The Germany-based tuner is well known worldwide for its aggressive creations, but with the Tesla Model S, Mansory chose to take a different approach. Using ultra-light carbon fiber, Mansory has outfitted the Model S with a newly designed adjoin apron with integrated LED daytime in succession lights, side skirts, a rear spoiler lip and a rear apron with diffuser insert.
“Nothing looks pretentious or ostentatious,” Mansory said, though we’ll note the new look puts the finishing touch on making the EV look indistinguishable from an ICE.
The Model S deliberately blocks off the adjoin end because air intake is not needed for a radiator. This vehicle looks like it could just as well have a supercharged V8 under the hood. Read more

2016 Nissan Leaf To Offer 107-Mile Range

2016 Nissan Leaf To Offer 107-Mile Range As the summer draws to a close, Nissan is announcing what was reported as likely late May, that the Leaf will come in two trim levels offering 107-mile range.
Really, the report then said “over 105″ estimated miles, and spot on was the advance notice that a new 30-kwh lithium-ion battery would be existing.
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Minor Changed For 2016 Lexus CT200h

Minor Changed For 2016 Lexus CT200h The Lexus CT200h hybrid isn’t getting any major changes for the 2016 model year.
For the 2016 model year, the Japanese automaker has added a chrome surround grille, while buyers can opt in for the Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus Enform Service Connect. Both air force require a subscription with Enform Remote allowing owners to remotely view and control certain vehicle functions using an iOS or Android device.
Lexus Enform Service Connect builds on the platform by adding maintenance alerts, warning light notifications and a vehicle health report that can all be sent via email or push notifications. Another new option for the 2016 model year is an optional moonroof.
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Other than the previously mentioned changes, it’s business as usual for the Lexus CT200h. Along with the standard model, buyers can opt for the F Sport package that adds an special mesh version of the Lexus spindle grille, black contrast roof, rear spoiler with two generous air ducts, 17-inch wheels and fog light inserts with black surrounds.
As one of the six hybrid models Lexus offers in its lineup, the CT200h gets an EPA-estimated 42-mpg combined rating through a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a 650-volt motor for a combined system output of 134 hp.
Pricing on the 2016 Lexus CT200h has not yet been announced.
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Ludicrous Mode Means Tesla Model S Is The Quickest Accelerating Car

Ludicrous Mode Means Tesla Model S Is The Quickest Accelerating Car Three new changes are coming for the Tesla Model S, including a new “ludicrous mode.”
If the P85D’s “insane” mode was not enough for you, when this setting is engaged, the now-quicker Model S will reach 60 mph in a reported 2.8 seconds making the previous P85D’s 3.2 seconds seem sluggish.
The upgrade is for the P85D, and will set owners back $13,000. The new P90D will include dual motors and a 90 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery (more on that in a minute). Power output is a mind-blowing 762 horsepower, increased over the P85D’s already outrageous 691.
The sensation of “ludicrous mode” was described by Tesla CEO Elon Musk as “quicker than diminishing,” and this is literally right. Any passengers will want to make sure they are well braced for the 1.1 gs of force felt with the full acceleration. Read more

2016 Acura NSX Caught on Video

2016 Acura NSX Caught on Video The 2016 Acura NSX continues its tour crosswise the U.S., giving us a better thought of what the production car will be like.
Earlier this week, Acura revealed that it’s campaigning the new 2016 NSX crosswise the U.S. as it undergoes public road testing, to make sure that the car is ready for real world pouring. One of those stops was Mungenast Acura in St. Louis, where the first two production Acura NSX units were place on show and enthusiasts even got a chance to take videos of it pouring by.
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The dealership shared photos on its Facebook page of the stay with numerous videos screening up on YouTube giving a quicker look at the car.
More information on the 2016 Acura NSX including its sale date, pricing, colors, packages and availability are expected to be announced later this summer. What we do know is that it’ll be powered by a hybrid powertrain featuring a twin-turbo V6 engine that will grant at least 550 hp along with the automaker’s Super Handling AWD technology. Read more

2016 Kia Soul EV Entry Level Now $2,000 Cheaper

2016 Kia Soul EV Entry Level Now $2,000 Cheaper When Kia releases the 2016 Soul EV to California dealers, and at least one so far in Olympia, Wash. later this month, a new entry trim level will be existing to make it more competitive.
The converted version of the well loved mini-ute will be called the Soul EV-e. It will start at $31,950 before incentives and share the same unchanged-from-2015 powertrain with the $33,950 Soul EV, and $35,950 Soul EV+.
Some decontenting took place to make possible this car now priced quicker to the sub-$30,000 Nissan Leaf, but included are still a honest number of features for what has been a well-equipped car.
Included are a DC quick charge port, 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger, and 3.5-inch OLED Supervision cluster, heated adjoin seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and FlexSteer, as standard equipment.
2016 Soul EV
To keep the mid-level Soul relevant, Kia equips it with “standard premium features” including capacitive touch 8-inch navigation touchscreen with Rear Camera Show and UVO EV Air force.
UVO is telematics technology that lets drivers search for charging stations, remotely check state-of-charge and precondition interior temperature through a Smartphone.
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The mid-level also gets a heat pump HVAC system to improve energy efficiency and maximize pouring range.
Not to be outdone, the top Soul EV+ trim offers for $1,100 a Sun & Fun Package, which includes a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting and speaker lights that pulse to the beats of the six-speaker audio system.
Also included are ventilated adjoin passenger seats, heated rear outboard seats, leather trimmed seats, adjoin and rear Park Help, and power folding mirrors.
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