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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This article originally appeared at Rawvehicle.com

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Two Separate Recalls For Hybrid LaFerrari

Two Separate Recalls For Hybrid LaFerrari Some LaFerrari owners are going to have to take a trip to the dealership.
Ferrari North America is recalling 85 LaFerrars in two separate recalls, one for a possible padding defect while the other recall affects the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). In the first recall, the affected LaFerrari exotics were manufactured from May 15, 2014 to Development 4, 2015 and are equipped with the L32 seats as standard for the passenger seat and as optional equipment for the driver seat. According to the Italian automaker, the headrests of L32 seats may not absorb the required amount of energy in a crash, and as a result, do not comply with the supplies of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 202a, “Head Restraints.”
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The other recall is for LaFerraris manufactured over the same time period as the first recall, and involves the incorrect message being showed when there’s low tire pressure. Instead of screening “Low Tyre Pressure-Do Not Proceed,” the warning message will say “Low Tyre Pressure-Max speed 50 mph.” The incorrect warning message fails to comply with the supplies of FMVSS number 138, “Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.”
Affected owners will be contacted for both recalls and will either have their headrests replaced free of charge, have their TPMS software updated to give the right reading, or both.

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Audi To Debut New Plug-In Hybrid Versions Of Q7 And A6

Audi To Debut New Plug-In Hybrid Versions Of Q7 And A6 Audi is debuting three new models – an SUV, a sedan and a concept wagon – at the Shanghai auto show this month as part of the brand’s plug-in hybrid expansion.
The luxury brand said it is merging its quattro drive with a TFSI plug-in hybrid system for the first time, making the all-new Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro (pictured above). Equipped with a generous 17.3 kilowatt-hours (kWh) lithium-ion battery, Audi said the SUV is capable of pouring 32.9 miles in all-electric mode.
Overall horsepower with the gas engine and electric motor has been rated at 367 horsepower, giving the Q7 enough muscle to go from 0 to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds.
Only Asian markets are slated to get this version of the Q7 e-tron for now, said Audi. The company plans on beginning deliveries to Japan, China and Singapore in 2016.
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Though it shares a name with the concept SUV that Audi showcased in Detroit earlier this year, there is a significant variation between the two hybrid setups. The Q7 from Detroit paired a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder TDI diesel engine. But the upcoming Q7 will use a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with Audi’s turbo fuel stratified injection (TFSI) system.
The automaker doesn’t say outline why the engine change was made, but does say that the Asian market was carefully analyzed first.
“Audi has been intensively analyzing the unique features of the Chinese market for many years now as well as the expectations of its customers and national trends,” said Audi. This Q7 e-tron in particular was developed “especially for the Asian markets China, Singapore and Japan.”
Audi A6 L e-tron
Audi’s other new PHEV coming to Shanghai will also be limited to these three countries, at least for now. The A6 L e-tron is a plug-in hybrid variant of Audi’s long A6 sedan. It also uses a 2.0-liter TFSI engine, adding in a 91 kilowatt electric motor. A less vital 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery is used, though the A6 L e-tron’s all-electric range of 31 miles is only slightly under the Q7′s.
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A third plug-in will also be on show, though this one is still in concept form. The public has already seen a similar model when Audi debuted the Avant diesel plug-in hybrid earlier this year in Geneva. But for this prototype, Audi is switching up the car’s hybrid setup and has renamed it the prologue allroad concept.
Audi prologue allroad concept
The Geneva version of the Avant was no soft plug-in. It featured a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel and a 14.1 kWh battery pack, with had an overall output rated at 455 horsepower and 553.4 pounds-feet of torque.
For Shanghai, Audi has bestowed the prologue allroad concept with even more power. The diesel engine has been replaced with a 4.0-liter TFSI V-8 engine with twin turbochargers. Add in an electric motor built into the eight-speed transmission, and this new concept boasts 743 horsepower and 664 pounds-feet of torque.
The same size battery does carry forward, and the allroad concept’s all-electric range matches the Avant concept’s 33.6 miles.

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Nissan Most Fuel Efficient Full-Line Automaker In The U.S.

Nissan Most Fuel Efficient Full-Line Automaker In The U.S. Nissan is the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in the United States.
This according to the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Trends” Report.
Nissan’s fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 26.2 combined mpg was highest among all full-line automakers in the annual report, which is the authoritative reference on new light-duty vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy and powertrain technology trends in the United States.
The report used 2013 Model Year EPA Fuel Economy Estimate as its main data.
Nissan’s 26.2 combined mpg rating, based on Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, marks a 2.1 combined mpg (8.7 percent) improvement over 2012 model-year Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. This gain happens to be the leading year-over-year gain among all manufacturers.
Nissan said the 26.2 combined mpg mark is 4.4 percent more efficient than the No. 2 spot and exceeds the full-line automaker diligence average (manufacturers offering vehicles for sale in each product segment) of 23.3 combined mpg by 12.4 percent.
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The company added this accomplishment came in part due to the introduction of three all-new fuel-efficient models for the 2013 model year – Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra.  These models each brought a significant improvement in fuel efficiency compared to their predecessors. Average combined fuel economy for the 2013 Altima sedan improved 4 mpg or 14.8 percent. The most fuel-efficient 2013 Sentra model improved from 30 mpg to 34 mpg combined, or just over 13 percent compared to the model it replaced. The 2013 Pathfinder SUV saw the leading gains, with an nearly 30-percent year-over-year improvement and a combined fuel economy of 22 mpg

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