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{Wheels.5.3541}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:51:44 EDT (1 line)

http://www.mv-1.us/mv-1-achieves-federal-test-requirements

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{Wheels.5.3542}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:59:05 EDT (5 lines)

Just looked at the brochure. The wheelchair user gets a seatbelt.

But I'm not seeing anything that says it doesn't have a front
passenger airbag. That doesn't mean there is one, but where did you
read that it doesn't?

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{Wheels.5.3543}: Doug White {dwhite} Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:12:19 EDT (1 line)

The airbag portion of the website only talks about driver side bags.

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{Wheels.5.3544}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:41:24 EDT (23 lines)

Bad breaking news for VW/Audi:

 The Obama administration on Friday ordered Volkswagen to recall
nearly a half million cars from the road, saying the German automaker
used software intentionally designed to circumvent environmental
standards for reducing smog.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the company a notice of
violation and accused the company of breaking the law by installing
software known as a "defeat device" in 4-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi
vehicles from model years 2009-15. The device is programmed to detect
when the car is undergoing official emissions testing, and to only
turn on full emissions control systems during that testing. Those
controls are turned off during normal driving situations, when the
vehicles pollute far more heavily than reported by the manufacturer,
the E.P.A. said.

Affected diesel models include the Volkswagen Jetta (model years
2009-15), Volkswagen Beetle (model years 2009–15), Audi A3 (model
years 2009–15), Volkswagen Golf (model years 2009–15) and Volkswagen
Passat (model years 2014-15).

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/18/volkswagen-ordered-to-recall-nearly-500000-vehicles.html

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{Wheels.5.3545}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 19 Sep 2015 08:32:13 EDT (1 line)

I saw that today. Ouch!

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{Wheels.5.3546}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:35:16 EDT (12 lines)

So, it sounds like the models affected were the ones that used the NOx
trap to clean up emissions vs using urea-injection. I take it that a
NOx trap is less expensive to maintain and manufacture over the life
of the vehicle than urea-injection.

The question is if there's even any way for VW to make this right with
current owners at all.

I've been chatting with a couple current owners and neither is sure
they'd even be willing to trust retro-fitted urea-injection system if
that's the only way to meet emissions standards since those cars
weren't designed with that system in the first place...

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{Wheels.5.3547}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 21 Sep 2015 06:47:02 EDT (2 lines)

The recall affects 2015 and 2016 vehicles too, and they use urea. I
forget what year they made the change.

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{Wheels.5.3548}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:20:54 EDT (1 line)

Interesting!

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{Wheels.5.3549}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:58:23 EDT (4 lines)

From what I'm seeing, while some 2015-2016 models used the 2.0L w/
urea injection, they were still selling 2.0L models without. It looks
like they hadn't completely eliminated the NOx trap models in their
line-up.

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{Wheels.5.3550}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:07:52 EDT (1 line)

I know the urea is based on engine size.

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{Wheels.5.3551}: Doug White {dwhite} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:17:34 EDT (4 lines)

It's a pretty clever hack, I'll grant VW that much.  Heh.

Compared to all the tractor-trailers that are absolutely noxious, and how
rare diesel passenger vehicles are in the US, I am not very outraged.

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{Wheels.5.3552}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:19:53 EDT (6 lines)

Someone else made that point elsewhere, too.

In a sweet bit of irony, the Feds recently came out against allowing
hobbyists and others from reprogramming ECUs and the like about a
month ago claiming it could have negative impacts on emissions. Then
this happens. Ha!

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{Wheels.5.3553}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:23:49 EDT (7 lines)

I think the outrage is moreso that VW has essentially lied to
consumers that the non-urea injection TDIs were clean enough to meet
EPA regulations. People were proud to drive TDIs over traditional gas
cars and now they're being made fools of.

Personally, I think depending on your driving habits, diesels may
still be a better option than gas.

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{Wheels.5.3554}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:33:03 EDT (4 lines)

I have to admit that I still love diesels. What's troubling here is
the outright lying.

And yes, I am also impressed with the hack.

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{Wheels.5.3555}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:27:01 EDT (9 lines)

"Outside the laboratory, the ICCT tested a Volkswagen Jetta TDI that
spewed 15 to 35 times the EPA’s nitrogen oxygen (NOx) emission limit.
Passat models that were equipped with urea aftertreatment still broke
the limits by 5 to 20 times the maximum allowed by law."

"http://bestride.com/blog/vw-and-audi-tdi-owners-your-guide-to-volkswagens-tdi-crisis/24723/"

This is getting worse by the day. Had no idea that even urea-injection
cars were exceeding EPA limits.

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{Wheels.5.3556}: Doug White {dwhite} Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:24:56 EDT (1 line)

Maybe VW can concoct for me a "legal" two-stroke modern sport bike, LOL.

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{Wheels.5.3557}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:59:00 EDT (3 lines)

Not a surprise, really, but Winterkorn is officially out.

"http://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/09/volkswagen-ceo-resigns-amid-emissions-test-cheating-scandal/"

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{Wheels.5.3558}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:00:20 EDT (2 lines)

I'd read elsewhere that his term was up for re-election later this
month anyway.

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{Wheels.5.3559}: Doug White {dwhite} Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:15:20 EDT (1 line)

Imagine if all corporate CEOs faced regular elections...

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{Wheels.5.3560}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:59:13 EDT (2 lines)

But first news - yet unconfirmed - is that he takes with him a $60
million golden parachute ...

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{Wheels.5.3561}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:02:01 EDT (2 lines)

Wall Street Journal is reporting that Porsche head Muller to be named
as the replacement, too.

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{Wheels.5.3562}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:10:13 EDT (4 lines)

A Range Rover Evoque convertible. I lay the blame squarely at Nissan's
feet. They started it with that Murano convertible monstrosity.

"http://www.autoblog.com/2015/10/06/range-rover-evoque-convertible-off-road-video/"

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{Wheels.5.3563}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:33:24 EDT (2 lines)

The concept convertible made the rounds of the auto shows a few years
ago.

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{Wheels.5.3564}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:45:18 EDT (7 lines)

Did you get to see the concept in-person? What did you think of it "in
the flesh" if you did?

BTW, Jil, are you familiar with these boutique trucks? It looks like
something that you might appreciate.

"http://www.autoblog.com/2015/10/07/legacy-classic-power-wagon-first-drive-review/"

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{Wheels.5.3565}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:27:31 EDT (6 lines)

I thought it looked okay in person. Mind you, I didn't think the
Murano convertible was bad at all.

I do know those trucks. The company has a display at the SEMA show
each year and I drool over them. I've always wanted a Power Wagon,
and they do a beautiful job, but man they cost the earth.

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