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Volkswagen Just Got Hit With a Class Action Lawsuit

Sep 23, 2015 - 11:56 AM - by AutoGuide.com

The first of what will likely be many lawsuits has been filed against Volkswagen for diesel emissions fraud.

Girard Gibbs LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen, alleging that the German automaker intentionally installed software on diesel vehicles designed to cheat emissions tests. The firm states that Volkswagen allegedly admitted to federal regulators that its diesel vehicles are equipped with software designed to circumvent emissions tests, stating that the software detects when the vehicles are undergoing testing and automatically engages the vehicles’ pollution controls.

When the affected diesel vehicles are not being tested, the TDI models operate in a 'road calibration' mode that doesn’t use pollution controls.

In a statement the firm said it intends to, 'hold the auto manufacturer accountable for its unlawful conduct that tricked environment-conscious consumers to purchase ‘clean diesel’ vehicles that tested as low emission but in reality did little to protect the environment from air
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Here’s How VW Tricked the EPA’s Emissions Test

Sep 22, 2015 - 9:08 AM - by AutoGuide.com

Details have surfaced on exactly what Volkswagen did to trick the EPA’s emissions test.

The Volkswagen and Audi diesel vehicles in question feature a 'Dyno' and 'On Road' mode, the previous of which is used for testing purposes when a vehicle is on a dynamometer. Since testing for vehicles is often done on dynos, a test mode is necessary so that other safety features such as traction control and stability control do not kick in. While having a testing mode or dyno mode isn’t illegal or even misleading, Volkswagen’s version had its diesel engines perform differently than they would in the real world.

Essentially, when the vehicles were put into the dyno mode for testing, the engines were detuned to meet emissions targets. Once the vehicle was restarted and taken out of test mode, they emitted 40 times the federal standard of nitrogen oxide.

Currently, the affected models from VW’s diesel scandal include: 2009-2015 Audi A3, 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta SportWagen, 2009-2015 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Convertible,
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2016 Volkswagen Passat: 7 Things you Need to Know

Sep 22, 2015 - 8:58 AM - by AutoGuide.com

The revamped 2016 Volkswagen Passat has been revealed.

With new looks and fresh packaging, the Passat promises more safety features and better technology. Here’s what you need to know about the 2016 Passat:

Plenty of new tech has been packed into the 2016 Passat. Volkswagen’s second-generation modular infotainment platform, known as MIB II, has been fitted to the car, which brings along a standard touchscreen for every version of the car. On most of the MIB-equipped cars, a capacitative touchscreen that allows you to swipe and pinch-to-zoom has been installed along with a proximity sensor that switches the display to make it ready to use when a hand approaches.

Volkswagen’s Car-Net system, which uses MIB II as its foundations, is also available for the new Passat. It brings along a suite of connectivity features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. VW says that the system will allow for integration with the majority of smartphones available today.

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