VW Diesel Remedies Could Vary from New Software to New Car

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The fix is not yet in for Volkswagen’s emissions-test-cheating diesels, but when it does arrive, there could be more than one. Bloomberg reports that some models might be able to come clean with only a software update (although how that will affect performance and fuel economy is unknown), whereas others might need a larger catalytic converter fitted. Yet other cars might just have to be bought back from owners by Volkswagen.

Additionally, the remedies could vary by country. At the moment, the country that appears to be pushing hardest for a fix is Germany, which has given VW a deadline of October 7 to present a plan—or face a potential ban of the cars from German roadways. No such threat has been made by governmental agencies in the United States.

The cost of all this fixin’ is so far impossible to calculate, but Volkswagen’s new CEO, Matthias Müller, warned (in an e-mail to employees) that it will take a toll on the company’s plans and projects, Bloomberg further reports. Müller is quoted as saying that “what isn’t absolutely vital will be canceled or delayed,” adding, “this won’t be painless.”

To ameliorate some of the pain being felt at the retailer level, Volkswagen in the United States is offering $2000 cash incentives to existing VW owners to staunch defections. The money applies to owners of any Volkswagen, not just one of the affected TDI models. The cash is good toward the purchase or lease of a new Jetta, Golf (including GTI, Golf R, e-Golf, and SportWagen), Passat, Beetle, CC, Eos, Tiguan, or Touareg.





The fine print notes that the offer excludes “TDI Clean Diesel” models. Well, yes, because you can’t buy those at all, on account of the stop-sale order. Oh, and isn’t it time to drop that Clean Diesel trademark? Just a suggestion.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel First Drive: The Littlest Big Rig

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-Here’s the rundown on Chevy’s new 2016 Colorado diesel: Its new Duramax turbo-diesel engine is made in Thailand, the transmission is assembled in Mexico, there’s plenty of Brazil in the basic design, Chevrolet is a French name, the whole thing is assembled in Missouri, and you’ll need at least $3730 additional American dollars if you want one instead of a gasoline-fired version of this compact truck. And if you like trucks, you’ll want one. READ MORE ››

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Fine Whine: A Semiserious Proposal for Rationalizing Speeding Fines

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From the October 2015 issue

People commit countless transgressions behind the steering wheel, but speeding gets the most attention. As lovers of fast cars and the sensations they provide, we find that troubling.* This is, after all, the magazine that invented the Cannonball Run. Speed-limit enforcement is arbitrary, and the fines have no relationship to justice or simple fairness. Countless fees and charges continue to ratchet ticket costs ever higher.

So, fueled by a 48-can pack of Costco’s surprisingly digestible Kirkland Signature Light Beer, we devised a sensible, easy-to-understand means of bringing fine amounts into line by considering what type of vehicle is doing the speeding [see left]. An investment in high-performance machinery should, in C/D’s not-so-modest opinion, be rewarded with acknowledgment that the vehicle is capable of safely operating at higher speeds, while lesser vehicles driven fast are death on radials and deserve higher fines (which, granted, is a rankly regressive system that punishes the less fortunate and might just spur a revolution).

Of course, our own authoritative performance measurements would be used to set the fines. They’ve been deserving of legal weight for generations anyhow.





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Where:
-TA is the adjusted ticket cost.

TR is what the ticket would cost according to current practice.

50 is a constant.

ET is the vehicle’s elapsed time in the quarter-mile. The quickest car we’ve tested is the Porsche 918 Spyder, which clocked 9.8 seconds.

0.2 is a constant used to rate vehicles according to their quickness. Each 0.2-second increase over 9.8 seconds increases the fine.

B70 is the vehicle’s 70-to-zero braking distance. The best braking we’ve measured is 128 feet from 70 mph, achieved by the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

6 is a constant used to rate vehicles according to their stopping ability from 70 mph. Each six-foot increment beyond 128 feet increases the fine.


Fines will vary across the country but let’s assume you’re pulled over and issued a $250 ticket:

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The benefit of this scheme is that if someone has a doddering wreck that can’t even manage safe merging speeds or won’t stop in the same city block that it’s on when the brakes are applied, their speeding fines will be astronomical. You’re welcome, America.

*This is all a big joke. Obey your local laws.**
**But also dare to dream.

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Elon Musk Tweets (Then Deletes) Hint About “Model Y” Crossover

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-The Tesla Model X (pictured above) began reaching customers only last week, ​but CEO Elon Musk already is dropping hints at an as-yet-unknown future offering: In a now-deleted tweet spotted by Tech Insider, the Tesla founder gave away plans for a Model 3–based crossover called the Model Y. And it sounds like it’ll have those crazy “falcon wing” doors.

The tweet, which has been deleted from Musk’s timeline but can still be viewed in cached form, is a response to a fan’s tweet asking if the Model 3 crossover would have falcon wing doors.

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This adds a new little tidbit to what we already knew about the Model 3, Tesla’s planned $35,000 electric family sedan. We found out recently that it would spawn a crossover.





Other Musk tweets, also deleted, revealed that a lower-price Model X with “something like” a 70-kWh battery is coming, “but probably around 12 months from now.” This confirms what we heard at the Model X launch event, where the highest-spec Model X P90 and P90D were revealed and lower-range models were promised later. And yes: With the revelation of the Model Y name, this means that Tesla’s eventual lineup will go S, 3, X, Y. Real subtle, Elon.

This story originally appeared on roadandtrack.com via Green Car Reports.

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Porsche Cayman GT4 Adding Clubsport Version

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The clue is in the name. Porsche’s Motorsport division is responsible for developing the crown jewels of the company’s road car division—the 911 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4 are the most recent examples. But it’s also charged with developing racing versions of the same machinery, which is why you can color us unsurprised at news of the Clubsport version of the Cayman GT4.

That’s potentially good news for anybody who failed to make the very short shortlist for the street-legal version, albeit with the need to find substantially more money to realize the dream, and also to end up with a Cayman that can be driven only on track.

The motorsport version will be eligible for various racing series around the world, including several in the States. Homologation is being sought for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy, and the Pirelli World Challenge.

Power comes from the same 385-hp 3.8-liter version of Porsche’s familiar flat-six (the one that is being replaced in the 911 by the new turbo engine). It will have a PDK dual-clutch transmission as standard and a front suspension taken straight from the 911 GT3 Cup car. Brakes are 14.8-inch steel discs all around. The GT4 Clubsport will be delivered effectively ready to race, with an integral roll cage, a single bucket seat, and six-point harness; the loss of anything that could be regarded as even halfway to a luxury means it now tips the scales at a claimed 2866 pounds.





We’ll be able to share pictures of the car (that’s the regular GT4 above), along with more detailed information and pricing, once the Clubsport is unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show in November.

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Out of the Box: Lexus Creates Full-Size, Drivable Cardboard IS Sedan [w/ Video]

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In a move that could be interpreted as taking weight savings to an extreme—or, alternately, as a move downmarket with a special-edition model to be sold exclusively at Walmart—Lexus has unveiled a unique IS sedan made entirely of cardboard.

Although Lexus touts the project as “pushing the boundaries of design, technology, and craftsmanship,” we would point out that this is not the first-ever cardboard car:

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That said, the Lexus effort, which is made up of 1700 pieces of cardboard, does contain a number of unique elements. The cardboard car is full-size, and includes an interior. It also has working headlights, wheels that roll, and opening doors. Fitted with an electric motor, it can even be driven (although not in the rain).





The vehicle will be on display at the Grand Designs Live show in Birmingham, U.K., from October 8–11. Meanwhile, you can get a better look at the car in our gallery and the process to create it in this video:

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Evolving to Extinction: U.S. to Get 303-hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition

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-Charles Darwin blew wide open the whole “evolution” concept studying finches on the Galapagos Islands in the mid-1800s. Mitsubishi blew wide open the notion of what a performance bargain could be when it introduced the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution to the U.S. market for the first time in 2003. The connection? Like those finches, the Evo has seen subtle refinement throughout the years, but the car’s next—okay, we’ll just say it—evolution could result in more-drastic changes. But prior that that, Mitsubishi has created the Lancer Evolution Final Edition, which will be sold in the U.S., in addition to Japan.

To carry our evolution theme to its natural conclusion, the 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition may be the best iteration of the current Evo extant. For starters, it’ll be rare, with only 1600 units being shipped stateside, and it’ll be a purist’s delight with a five-speed manual transmission and 303 horsepower (12 more than other Evos). The cars—which start life as GSR models—also will be decked out with Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, Brembo front brake rotors, dark-chrome-finished Enkei wheels, a black-painted roof. Each car also will receive a black headliner and red accent stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob, as well as Final Edition badging on the trunk and a numbered plaque on the center console.

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When a base 2015 Lancer Evolution GSR rings in at $35,305, the Final Edition’s $38,805 price tag still falls below that of the up-level Evolution MR trim and seems entirely reasonable for all the special equipment that’s included. Plus, there’s the rarity factor. The Evo may eventually become a plug-in hybrid crossover, but we don’t have to accept that science quite yet.

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