Volkswagen Diesel Issues – Dieselgate!

By October 12, 2015 October 6th, 2016 No Comments

vwVolkswagen dethroned Toyota as the best selling manufacturer in the universe earlier this year. They tarnished the crown worse than Tom Brady and the Patriots. They were caught and spent a year denying they did anything. If you haven’t heard about the Volkswagen diesel issues, check out the letter from the EPA to VW: vw-nov-caa-09-18-15. Now, unlike the Patriots, they are getting their comeuppance: stock plummeting, half a million cars recalled, stopped selling effected models, CEO Martin Winterkorn is out a job, and they are looking at a hefty fine. So begins Dieslegate!

What is the Fix?

Perhaps some of the $18 billion will be spent on test tracks for emissions testing. There must be control of test conditions; however, a test should not evaluate emissions on a dynamometer, it should emulate real world driving. Dynamometer tests provide artificial results. Many new vehicles have adaptive programming for when a vehicle is being tested. (it’s a necessity) and even if they did not, having only two wheels turning effects performance. Next year there will be real-driving emissions (RDE) testing which will test emissions with the rubber meeting the road.

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