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2.0 TDI Only Needs A Software Update

Volkswagen has approved repairs for its 1.6- and 2.0-liter EA189 diesel engines in Europe, and it expects the recall to begin in January. The 2.0 only needs a software update, but the 1.6 also requires a small amount of new hardware, too.


The EPA has issued Volkswagen new allegations that so-called emissions defeat software has been found in the company's 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel engines.


VW has revealed a previously undisclosed software feature on its diesel engines, and the EPA is investigating to check just what the code does.


WardsAuto is excluding all powertrains from VW and Audi from its 10 Best Engines testing after the companies' emissions evasions. The ban from the important ranking could last into later years, as well.


Performance Hits Likely

Volkswagen might need a separate fix for the two different NOx-reducing systems in its diesel engines with emissions-evading software, but both solutions could affect performance.


Audi has 2.1 million diesel vehicles worldwide with emissions-evading software, some of those are in the US.


Credit rating agencies are looking negatively on VW in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. There's a concern about how this affects the company going forward.


The German transport minister claims that there are 2.8 million VW diesels in the country with software to evade emissions testing.


Volkswagen has hired the law firm that defended BP during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for the automaker's aid in the diesel emissions scandal.


An analysis by the LA Times finds that the government paid out as much as $51 million in subsidies to buyers of VW's diesel models. We now know these vehicles have dishonest engine software that hides their actual emissions.


Volkswagen admits that 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide could have software capable of avoiding emissions compliance. The EPA is now checking the 3.0-liter V6 in Porsche and Audi models to make sure it's not affected as well.


VW's share price is taking a huge hit on the German stock exchange in the wake of the company's emissions scandal in the US. The problem could even affect the chairmanship of Martin Winterkorn.


VW CEO Martin Winterkorn has issued a statement regarding EPA and CARB allegations that cars with its 2.0-liter TDI engine don't meet US emissions requirements. The automaker promises an external investigation.


We've known diesel has been gaining popularity in the US market over the years, but the pace with which oil-burning models have been accepted by American drivers has surprised Volkswagen, one of the fuel's leading proponents.


The push for more diesel vehicles in North America is finally starting to pick up momentum from non-German automakers like Chrysler, General Motors and Mazda, but there are still hurdles automakers face in winning over American car buyers. To combat this, The Detroit News says that Volkswagen is attempting to get government officials to help level the playing field and even create incentives to promote diesel vehicles.


Not to be outdone by BMW and its 45-mile-per-gallon 2014 328d or the new Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, Volkswagen is reportedly preparing to launch a more-efficient TDI diesel engine in North America. In speaking with VW recently, Edmunds learned that the automaker plans to replace its current 2.0-liter TDI engine used in many VW and Audi products (including the Golf, Passat, Jetta, Beetle and Audi A3) beginning in the second half of next year.


Renowned adventurer Rainer Zietlow will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the legendary Pan-American Highway by embarking on a two-week drive from Argentina to Alaska on the world's longest road. Crossing through portions of 14 countries and covering a distance of nearly 16,000 miles, Reiner, along with two co-pilots (Carlos Fernandez and Marius Biela), will put a modified 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI to the test.


Gavin Conway, writer for the Sunday Times, buckled into a Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion and embarked on a journey. This trip was not your typical Sunday jaunt, nor was it what we'd call a grocery run. Let's just say that Conway had Guinness World Record visions dancing in his head. Followed by independent representatives who verified the run, Conway and the Passat hit the French roads and never looked back.


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