Boutique German Carmaker Artega Comes Back From Bankruptcy with 400-HP EV

Boutique German Carmaker Artega Comes Back From Bankruptcy with 400-HP EV After filing for bankruptcy in 2012, German automaker Artega is back with an all-electric vehicle.
First established as a niche sports car manufacturer for the European market, Artega had Henrik Fisker pen its GT sports car that debuted with either a V6 engine or an electric powertrain. The company then ran into financial issues, filed for bankruptcy and eventually merged with German supplier Paragon.
Earlier this month, Artega had a surprise resurfacing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with the Scalo sports car that has been inspired by the original GT but updated bumper to bumper. This time around, Artega plans on offering the Scalo sports car with an electric powertrain only, sporting 400 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.
According to the German automaker, the Scalo can go zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and will have a limited top speed of 155 mph. Artega estimates that owners will be able to get up to 250 miles on a release charge. The car also tips the scales at 3,494 pounds, thanks to a polyurethane and carbon fiber body.
The Scalo is now available for peacefulness in Europe, but there is no word if Artega has any plans to expand to the U.S. market.
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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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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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Watch the Falcon Wing Doors Operate On Tesla Model X

Watch the Falcon Wing Doors Operate On Tesla Model X An amateur record uploaded to YouTube has given us a new look at the Tesla Model X falcon wing doors in action.
The Tesla Model X is the automaker’s third vehicle and will officially launch on Tuesday at an event held in Fremont, Calif. One of the most unique features of the Model X will be its falcon wing doors, which open vertically, nearly like gull-wing doors. The variation is that the falcon wings are double hinged, so they don’t swing out to the side of the vehicle.
In the record, we can see one of the falcon wing doors opening and finishing, though this test mule requires the driver to hop out and end finishing the door.
This month, Tesla invited Model X Signature Edition buyers to configure their cars, which start at $133,200. These models include the 90-kWh battery with the electric motors providing 503 horsepower to all four wheels, giving the Model X a zero-to-60 time of 3.8 seconds. Pricing and power details on other models has not yet been revealed.
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Elon Musk Says 600-Mile Range Obtainable by 2017

Elon Musk Says 600-Mile Range Obtainable by 2017 Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he believes a 600-mile all-electric range is possible as ahead of schedule as 2017.
In a recent interview on Danish television, Musk was questioned when he believes Tesla will have a vehicle with a range of 1,000 kilometers. The CEO answered saying that it will be possible within a year or two, but it’s worth noting that Musk is basing that estimate on extremely conservative pouring, pointing to the fact that a Tesla Model S P85D recently went 452.8 miles on a release charge when averaging 24.2 mph.
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Looking additional into the future, Musk believes that a range of 745 miles is achievable by 2020, the same year that he believes Tesla will be selling half-a-million electric cars a year. He also touched on Tesla’s Autopilot autonomous pouring technologies, saying that the company is still undergoing beta testing and expects to roll out some of the technology by next month. The first phase of the rollout will consist of an automated passing function. He believes fully autonomous vehicles are possible within three years, but added that it will take another year or two afterwards for federal regulators to legalize it.
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Volkswagen’s New CEO is Porsche Chief Matthias Mueller

Volkswagen’s New CEO is Porsche Chief Matthias Mueller Volkswagen has appointed the Chairmen of Porsche, Matthias Müller, as its new CEO.
In the wake of a diesel emissions scandal, in which the company admitted to installing software to cheat diesel emissions tests on 11 million vehicles, Volkswagen’s former CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn resigned. Winterkorn accepted responsibility for the scandal as the CEO of the company, though he claims no personal incorrect doing.
“My most urgent task is to win back trust for the Volkswagen Assemble – by leaving no marble unturned and with most transparency, as well as drawing the aptly conclusions from the current circumstances,” said Müller.
Reorganization is also coming to VW’s workings in North America. The brand has named Dr. Winfried Vahland as the head of a newly formed North American region which combines the USA, Mexico and Canada. Vahland was formerly the Chairman of the Board for Skoda, with his potion being filled by Bernhard Maier, the current board limb in charge of sales and marketing for Porsche.
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Michael Horn, the President and CEO of Volkswagen Assemble of America retains his position.
“Under my leadership, Volkswagen will do all it can to develop and implement the most stringent compliance and governance standards in our diligence,” said Müller. “If we manage to achieve that then the Volkswagen Assemble with its innovative strength, its strong brands and above all its competent and highly motivated team has the opportunity to emerge from this crisis stronger than before.”
Volkswagen is now under investigation by government agencies in both the U.S and Germany, the results of which will likely end up in hefty fines and possibly criminal charges.
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VW Diesels May Have Spewed Almost 1M Tons of Extra Pollution Annually

VW Diesels May Have Spewed Almost 1M Tons of Extra Pollution Annually Volkswagen and its TDI diesel engines could be reliable for nearly one-million tons of extra pollution per year.
Now that it has been outed that Volkswagen rigged diesel emissions tests on 11-million cars, an analysis by The Guardian suggests those vehicles may be reliable for nearly one-million extra tons of air pollution annually.
The report found that vehicles in the U.S. likely expelled between 10,392 and 41,571 tons of NOx into the air each year, if those vehicles covered the average annual U.S. mileage. Now if those diesel vehicles really complied with EPA standards, they would have emitted just 1,039 tons of NOx each year. That also means worldwide, the defective VW vehicles could be reliable for 237,161 to 948,691 tons of extra NOx emissions annually.
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The German automaker has been under fire all week long, watching its stock price plummet and executives getting dismissed. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned and the U.S. Chief is expected to be dismissed sometime soon. The company has recalled 482,000 VW and Audi vehicles in the U.S. and now it’s unclear how the automaker will fix the issue. Dealers are also impacted by a stop-sale peacefulness on the four-cylinder TDI models until a fix is in place.
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US Volkswagen Chief, Other Leaders Expected to be Dismissed

US Volkswagen Chief, Other Leaders Expected to be Dismissed More high-level executives are expected to be dismissed at Volkswagen over the diesel emissions scandal.
VW’s U.S. CEO, Michael Horn (seen above), is expected to be let go along with Audi R&D boss Ulrich Hackenburg and Porsche engine chief Wolfgang Hatz according to German publication Bild. VW brand development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser is also expected to be mandatory out, according to Spiegel.
A special position on the management board is being made for a new U.S. chief, the most likely candidate for which is Winfried Vahland, chief executive of VW’s Skoda division.
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All of these decisions will be made at a meeting of the supervisory board on Friday. A successor for ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn, who resigned in the wake of the scandal, will also be named during the meeting. Rumor has it that the head of Porsche, Matthias Müller, will be named to the top position.
“Internal Assemble investigations are long-lasting at a high tempo,” said VW’s executive board in a statement. “All participants in these proceedings that has resulted in unmeasurable harm for Volkswagen, will be subject to the full consequences.”
The scandal started when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report claiming that VW had installed defeat devices in 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines which allowed them to run much cleaner during emissions testing, while in everyday pouring they were emitting 10 to 40 times more NOx than allowed. Since then, Volkswagen admitted to using the cheating software in roughly 11 million vehicles worldwide.
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