October 2015

Merkel: ‘VW is Working On This With All of Its Power’ – Including Asking Workers to Roll Over

October 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

On her weekly podcast, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel said Volkswagen’s scandal hasn’t harmed the German automobile industry’s image, but that the automaker would need to conduct its investigation with transparency to restore faith in the country’s industry. “A lot will depend on how Volkswagen deals with the issue,” Merkel said, according to Reuters. Separately, […]

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Volkswagen Buying Back Bad Diesels From Dealers At Pre-crisis Prices

October 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Volkswagen told dealers that it would buy back some of its unsellable, used diesel cars withering on their lots at fixed prices to help dealers cope during the automaker’s growing diesel scandal, Automotive News reported. The cars that dealers are accepting on trade-in, but can’t sell due to their illegally polluting engines, have sat on lots while […]

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Spotted: 2016 Passat Alltrack Roaming Streets of Phoenix

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

I love you, unicorn. A TTAC reader spotted this 2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack roaming the streets of Phoenix the other day and dutifully reported “What the hell is that?” This Passat wagon, which is sold overseas, may be the only one in the States. It’s wearing manufacturer tags and likely just had its way with […]

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Recalling 900,000 More Cars for Bad Brakes, Airbags

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Friday that it would recall nearly 900,000 cars worldwide — including more than 550,000 cars in the U.S. — for defective airbag and brake systems. The company said some 2003 Jeep Liberty and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee models were fitted with faulty airbags that could deploy. The automaker acknowledged that seven injuries […]

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Mitsubishi Fixed The Mirage, You Guys: Here’s The Rockford Fosgate Edition

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mitsubishi announced Thursday that it would make available Rockford Fosgate Special Edition badges attached to a Mirage. The badges, which cost $14,495 to start, include a car that still has four speakers (five if you count a 6.5-inch subwoofer) and four wheels. The Rockford Fosgate Special Edition costs $200 more than the Mirage ES, from […]

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Janesville General Motors Plant Won’t Reopen Under Proposed Contract

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Janesville, Wisconsin, General Motors assembly plant that was shuttered six years ago will likely officially close, according to letters in a proposed agreement between United Auto Workers and the automaker, Automotive News reported. The plant, which was opened in 1919 and once produced large SUVs such as the Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL, employed as […]

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Clessie Cummins Made Diesels the King of the Road … and Almost at Indy Too. Part One.

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

  (Note to readers: This was the piece on Clessie Cummins that should have appeared first. Unfortunately, Part 2 of the series ran first and will be rerun later this afternoon — Aaron.) Diesel engines have been in the news lately, and not for good things. The admission by Volkswagen that it has been using a […]

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Doug Drives: Reach Out And Touch Something … Screen or Knob?

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

I recently had the chance to test out the “new” Volkswagen Passat, which is so new that the designers were explaining to a whole group of journalists how the position of the rear reflectors has changed compared to the outgoing model. Actually, I kind of like the new Passat. It was impressive in a lot […]

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Clessie Cummins Made Diesels the King of the Road… and Almost at Indy Too. Part Two

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

In Part One we looked at Clessie Cummins’ development of the first practical and reliable diesel truck engines and his earliest attempts to race diesels in the Indy 500. Though he had succeeded in developing the technology, he still hadn’t achieved the ultimate proof of concept that market success brings. Until the early 1930s, what […]

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Bark’s Bites: Nissan Doesn’t Make A Single Car You Want To Buy

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I arrived at the Emerald Aisle at LAX on Wednesday, I had a slight moment of excitement when I saw a low-mileage Nissan 370Z coupe resting comfortably in the far corner of the Executive area. You see, I very nearly bought a Z back in 2005, and the car has always held a special […]

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