Volkswagen Was Warned in 2007 By Bosch About Illegal Software

Volkswagen Was Warned in 2007 By Bosch About Illegal Software Bosch reportedly warned Volkswagen on its illegal software use in 2007 but the German automaker unseen the warnings.
The engine management software is the center of the controversial discovery that Volkswagen cheated on diesel emissions tests and in addition to Robert Bosch warning Volkswagen in 2007, one of the German automaker’s own engineers warned the company in 2011 in this area illegal emissions testing practices. According to German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Bosch full diesel software to Volkswagen for testing purposes but it eventually finished up on road-going, production vehicles.
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The publication also noted that the scandal started in 2005 when then-Volkswagen brand chief Wolfgang Bernhard wanted to develop a new diesel enginef or the U.S. market. It appeared that the only way to produce an engine that would meet U.S. emission standards was to use an AdBlue urea key that would have cost around $335 per vehicle, a sum that finance officials at Volkswagen said was too high.
After Bernhard left Volkswagen in 2007, Martin Winterkorn became VW Assemble and brand CEO and tasked Audi development boss Ulrich Hackenberg to continue development on the engine. It appears that the engine eventually used software manipulated to fool diesel emissions tests in the U.S.
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Hyundai And Kia Launch Aggressive Green Car Plan

Hyundai And Kia Launch Aggressive Green Car Plan Over the next three model years, sibling automakers Hyundai and Kia are hedging their bets with seven new battery electrified models and at least one fuel cell vehicle.
The strategy includes four hybrids, two plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and a battery electric vehicle (BEV) for the U.S. market. All seven battery utilizing cars are scheduled to launch between the 2016 and 2018 model years.
Additional alternatively-fueled vehicles in the carmaker’s current fleets include the Kia Soul EV and the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell.
Presently each brand sells a hybrid version of one of its already-established sedans: Kia has the Optima Hybrid (pictured above) and Hyundai sells the Sonata Hybrid. But this new plot will add a dedicated hybrid for each, both of which will be released for 2017.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
As observed by Automotive News, other automakers have taken a more staggered approach to add electrified powertrains. After releasing the first Prius in 1997, for example, it took Toyota another 15 years before its plug-in version was existing.
So why has the Korean-based Hyundai Motor Assemble, which owns both Hyundai and Kia, made such an aggressive EV strategy? According to Hyundai CEO Kim Choong-ho, healthy sales in these segments are vital for the company.
“We will take the lead in the future by raising the competitiveness of our environment-forthcoming cars like hybrid-only cars, plug-in hybrid cars and fuel cell hydrogen cars,” said Kim.
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It isn’t known exactly how the seven new EVs will be divided between Hyundai and Kia, but it appears the two companies won’t be launching identical models.
“They’re going to fantastic lengths to grant discrimination in design,” Kim said.
For Kia, the next EV may be its crossover-sized Niro Hybrid, which was spied testing on Germany’s Nurburgring track. A prototype hybrid from Hyundai has also been spotted recently, with spy photos screening a profile that’s highly suggestive of the Prius.
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“They’re doing hybrids, they’re doing PHEVs, they’re doing pure battery electrics,” said Ed Kim, who heads up AutoPacific’s Diligence Analysis operations. Previously, Ed Kim managed product development and strategy for Hyundai. “They’re basically throwing darts at the wall, preparing for the future by having expertise in all of these types of vehicles.”
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Audi C-BEV Concept To Be Shown In Frankfurt Prior To Q6 EV

Audi C-BEV Concept To Be Shown In Frankfurt Prior To Q6 EV The Audi C-BEV concept will debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, likely previewing the upcoming Q6 electric crossover.
Renderings of the Audi C-BEV concept made an ahead of schedule appearance on the Internet today, revealing what will likely be the recently believed 2019 Audi Q6 aimed to take on the Tesla Model X electric crossover. Sporting a sleek profile and four doors, the C-BEV concept has a sports car-like roofline and blends a bit of all from Audi: styling from its Avant wagons, Allroad crossovers and its existing Q models.
Audi R&D head Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed earlier this year that the German automaker was developing a “battery-powered sports activity vehicle in the generous premium segment with a range of more than 500 km (310 miles).” Expected to sport the Q6 nameplate, the model will go on sale in ahead of schedule 2018.
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Meanwhile, Audi officially teased new lighting technology that will also debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show called Matrix OLED that will “enable a previously unattainable level of lighting homogeneity, opening up additional creative opportunities for design,” according to automaker. Initial projects are now in development to implement the technology in production tail lights and will be shown for the first time on a concept car (likely the C-BEV) at Frankfurt.
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BMW To Test Concept Fuel Cell Car On German Roads

BMW To Test Concept Fuel Cell Car On German Roads BMW debuted its concept fuel cell car to the public during the company’s annual Innovation Days event, while also announcing plans to test the car on German roads later this month.
Though it’s been known for some time that BMW is working with Toyota to build a fuel cell vehicle (FCV), with these actions come solid indications of BMW’s future plans for the technology.
Previously, company executives said the lack of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure would prevent FCVs from apt widespread. Statements from unnamed sources connected with BMW also reported that while testing may occur, a production-level FCV won’t be in the company’s future.
But that may no longer be the direction for BMW. In addition to testing its new fuel cell concept on public roads in Germany this month, BMW is also laying out future plans for a production-level FCV.
BMW’s head of engine research, Matthias Klietz, recently told journalists that BMW plans to release “a technically mature, customer-ready vehicle some time after 2020.”
“By around 2025 to 2030, we expect fuel cell cars to have an established presence, but there are challenges that remain, like building the refueling infrastructure,” he said.
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The concept FCV, still unnamed, is based on the BMW 5 series Gran Turismo. Its powertrain includes fuel cells developed in conjunction with Toyota, an 180-kilowatt electric motor, a tunnel tank mounted between the adjoin and rear axle to store the hydrogen and a high voltage battery. According to BMW, the FCV concept is rated at 245 horsepower and will have a range that surpasses 300 miles.
But BMW said it still isn’t ready to go towards production just yet.
“Technically, we’re ready to place fuel-cell cars on the road, but so far it remains too expensive,” said Axel Ruecker, a limb of BMW’s hydrogen development team. “Making fuel-cell technology a reality is a task not just for carmakers, but for the whole of the upper classes.”
It appears that for now, BMW’s plans for fuel cell vehicles is no longer an “if,” but a “when.”

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Will Provide 200 EVs to COP21 UN Climate Summit

Renault-Nissan Alliance Will Provide 200 EVs to COP21 UN Climate Summit Yesterday the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced it would supply 200 all-electric vehicles as passenger transporters for the United Nation’s COP21 climate conference in Paris Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
Cars being provided for this summit with broad climate-remedying aims include the Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E, Nissan Leaf and e-NV200.
The Paris summit’s goals are to have a new global climate-change agreement in place by the end of 2015 and to start allocating funds from a Climate Green Fund, established to help developing countries adapt to climate change and reduce emissions.
The annual climate summit is expected to see attendance from more than 20,000 U.N. participants from 195 countries.
Renault-Nissan notes this will be the first time the U.N. will use a zero-emission fleet for its entire passenger car shuttle at a COP event.
“Electric vehicle technology is an efficient key for a practical and affordable mode of transportation. This key has a positive impression on the climate and air quality in our cities,” said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. “It’s time to accelerate the budge to zero-emission mobility by working together with all parties concerned.”
The Renault-Nissan Alliance says it will work with companies in France to set up a arrangement of more than 50 quick and standard charging stations powered solely by renewable energy.
“We are delighted to announce that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is an official partner of COP21 in Paris. Thanks to the Alliance’s fleet of 100-percent electric vehicles, it will contribute to our goal of achieving a carbon neutral event,” said Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, president of COP21. “The technology of electric vehicles helps reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector efficiently.”

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6 Ways the 2016 Chevy Volt Has Been Improved

6 Ways the 2016 Chevy Volt Has Been Improved Borrowing a description from one of dozens of awards received, Chevrolet says its first-generation Volt was a “moonshot” so in what way has the 2016 Chevy Volt been improved in peacefulness to top that glowing description?
Now that we know pricing starts at $33,995 for the base 2016 LT, $38,345 for the LTZ, and GM’s ordering guide is online, some public are still wondering whether the 2016 Volt is indeed better than the original.
If you want the seller to tell you, Chevrolet’s dedicated 2016 Volt web page boldly quotes another publication saying “Second-Generation Volt is better by each measure,” and for many this will be absolutely right. For others, maybe the new car will be close but no cigar?
Chevrolet says it listened to focus groups in developing the 2016 Volt, and to cast a bit more detached spotlight on it, following are some of the changes including major ones, insignificant ones, and ones that are merely different.
The release largest reason to buy a plug-in gas-electric car is of course to avoid using gas. Does that sound nearly weird or are you already with us?
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Autonomous Acura RLX Tested In San Francisco Bay Area

Autonomous Acura RLX Tested In San Francisco Bay Area Honda started testing its autonomous pouring tech in California.
The company has commenced testing of its automated and connected vehicle technology at the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Under the stipulations of an agreement between Honda, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the City of Concord, Honda will use the newly branded “GoMentum Station” test-bed site at the CNWS to advance its technologies.
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74 MPG For Road-Going Deltawing

74 MPG For Road-Going Deltawing An analysis of the Deltawing’s viability showed a four seat version would reach close to 74 mpg on the highway.
DeltaWing Technology Assemble, Inc. released the results of an independent engineering analysis of a four-passenger road car concept based on the patented DeltaWing narrow adjoin track vehicle architecture.
The study showed it would achieve an unadjusted EPA fuel economy rating of nearly 74 mpg Highway and over 57 mpg combined rating.
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