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.
SEE ALSO: Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn Is Subject Of Criminal Investigation
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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Dealers Have Thousands of Unsold Chevy Volts Sitting on Their Lots

Dealers Have Thousands of Unsold Chevy Volts Sitting on Their Lots The current generation Chevrolet Volt is going through a serious sales slump, selling 2,779 units during the first four months the year and leaving 6,000 unsold cars sitting at dealer lots.
That represents a massive 46 percent drop compared to last years first quarter sales numbers. That leaves an outstanding number of unsold cars just sitting at dealer lots waiting to be bought.
With such a high number of unsold cars and an upcoming new generation model of the Volt, Chevy has been working hard to get rid of extra supply of 2015 units. The company recently added a $1,500 discount to the price of the vehicle, and lowered the amount due on a lease signing from $1,449 to just $500.
The American automaker is even waiving that amount due at signing with a $500 conquest bonus if you’re coming from a competitive vehicle. Finally, those who want to finance the Volt, Chevrolet is offering 2.9-percent financing on 2015 models for 48 months and zero percent on any remaining 2014 models.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will go into production this year and will be available in the second half of 2015.

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Step One Toward Musk’s Hyperloop Planned For 2016

Step One Toward Musk’s Hyperloop Planned For 2016 Some public said Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dream a couple years ago was just to drum up publicity but now a first stage in its apt a reality is underway.
But now plans by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies are for a 5-mile test track near the central California town of Quay Valley to construct and prove the concept by 2016. Read more

Michael Allman Joins VIA’s Board Of Directors

Michael Allman Joins VIA’s Board Of Directors VIA Motors is strengthening its ranks. CEO John Weber announced earlier this week that Michael Allman, an energy diligence leader, has joined VIA’s board of directors.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Allman to the VIA Motors Board,” said Weber. “Michael is a respected diligence leader in the energy space and brings to VIA vast leadership skills and encounter.”
VIA said prior to this appointment, Allman served as chairman, CEO and president of Southern California Gas Company, the leading natural gas distribution company in the United States. Allman also served as president and CEO of Sempra Generation, a leading electric generation business. Previously, Allman served as vice president, CFO and CAO of Sempra Global Operations. Allman now serves as Chairman of the Board of OneRoof Energy, a residential solar installation company, and is a Board Limb of Blue Earth, Inc., a provider of energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions.
Allman will chair VIA’s audit committee, a role VIA believes he is uniquely qualified to lead. Allman received an MBA with Finance specialization from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a B.S. in Compound Engineering from Michigan State University. He is a Qualified Internal Auditor, Qualified Management Accountant, and is qualified in Financial Management.

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Complete Chevy Volt Award List

Complete Chevy Volt Award List Since much hoopla – and superior transparency from its maker – surrounded the Chevrolet Volt during its development and December 2010 launch, the “extended-range electric” car has generated seemingly outsized responses ranging from like to despise.
To chase down all the rabbit trails discussing why this is would require a book, but small of that, we plotting we’d post with minimal commentary a list of awards garnered by the car others have written is “junk” from a bailed-out maker, etc.
Teardowns of the Volt by independent third-party engineers have revealed redundant engineering in some places where GM did not want to see the quasi-experimental first-generation car fail – and start yet more backlash for the under-the-spotlight automaker.
In other words, suggestions that it is “overbuilt,” while contested by some, in cases may have some merit regarding its powertrain.
Published articles alleging a scandalous lack of profitability for the Volt have pointed an accusing finger at the Obama administration which smiled on GM, and its plug-in car.
If these are even right, could it be the flip side is buyers of the now-$35,000 and highly subsidized car get a decent deal for their money? Read more

2013 Hybrid Analysis Shows 13 Hybrids Worth It Money-Wise

2013 Hybrid Analysis Shows 13 Hybrids Worth It Money-Wise New data was released in the quest to grant an answer to the new-ancient inquiry: are hybrids the wiser option money-wise.
Vincentric announced its 2013 Hybrid Analysis on October 22, in which 13 of 33 hybrid vehicles were identified as having a lower total cost-of-ownership than their all-gasoline counterparts.
Although this is an increase of 2 vehicles compared to the eleven cost-effective hybrids in the 2012 study, with the increased number of hybrids available, the percentage of financially cost-effective hybrids dropped from 44 percent to 39 percent.
Vincentric said the 13 hybrids with lower ownership costs included the Lexus CT200h and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which when compared to their all-gasoline counterparts had savings of over $6,300 and $4,700 respectfully.
Additional hybrids from Acura, Audi, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volkswagen showed cost advantages, with Toyota having 3 hybrids (Avalon, Prius C, Prius V) screening a cost advantage.
But, when the costs to own and operate all 33 hybrid vehicles were taken into account, the average five-year cost-of-ownership for hybrids was $1,338 more than their all-gasoline powered counterparts, assuming an annual mileage of 15,000.
“As the prevalence of hybrid technology grows, our research shows that patrons are seeing additional vehicles that are financially advantageous when compared to their all-gasoline counterparts,” stated David Wurster, President of Vincentric. “But, because over half of the hybrids we evaluated have higher five-year ownership costs compared to their all-gasoline counterparts, it is vital that patrons look at individual models to know the cost implications of hybrid technology for that vehicle.”
Vincentric revealed the following hybrid vehicles had cost of ownership numbers that were less than the all-gasoline powered counterparts: Read more