The Canadian Black Book announced yesterday the vehicles with the best resale value in 20 categories of the automotive market. The specialist publication in the evaluation of used vehicles also announced for the first time the manufacturers with the best overall resale value for their models.
Tesla dominates in customer satisfaction
Tesla once again finished first in the annual Consumer Reports US Consumer Satisfaction Survey. In fact, more than 91% of Tesla vehicle owners indicated in the survey that they would buy a new product from the brand.
Porsche finished second with a satisfaction rating of 84%. The German manufacturer is followed by Audi with 77% while Subaru and Toyota complete the top 5 with a score of 76%.
To determine its ranking, Consumer Reports asked the owners of a particular brand whether they would buy the same vehicle in the future. An average of the responses for each vehicle of the same make is then calculated. Fiat finished last with just over half of respondents saying they were satisfied with their purchase. Nissan, Infiniti and Acura follow with only 58%.
Hyundai and Lincoln have greatly improved this year as the Korean manufacturer has moved from 24 th position to 13 th while Lincoln jumped from 21 th position to 12 th . In return, BMW has gone from 6 th position to 14 th while Volkswagen spent 16 th place to 24 th place.
Volkswagen stops selling diesel engine in the United States
Volkswagen had its lesson and decided not to sell diesel engines in the United States , according to Herbet Diess, the director of the Volkswagen Group. The German group officially announced that it was over for the US diesels, which accounted for 25% of Volks sales among Americans. The scandal of the Dieselgate has had a significant impact for the manufacturer, including a sum of $ 15 billion in compensation to customers and a fine to the government.
The reaction of customers following the Dieselgate and stricter anti-pollution standards have forced the manufacturer to reconsider the sale of diesel engines. In addition, gasoline leads the parade in the United States and antipollution devices are increasingly expensive. Following this, Volkswagen is not the only automaker to question the sale of version with a diesel engine.
Audi confirms problem with its automatic transmissions
A few days ago, a German media reported that the California Air Resources Board had discovered a new source of cheating within the Volkswagen Group: Audi cars equipped with an automatic transmission would have boarded a software intended to modify the results of the tests of polluting emissions.
A situation that leaders of the Volkswagen Group have confirmed, while saying however that this is a combination of circumstances and not a voluntary cheating. “The adaptive program of the automatic transmission can skew the results and create situations that can not be reproduced,” the group’s leaders said in a statement sent by email to Reuters.
Recall that according to CARB and a German media, Audi cars equipped with an automatic transmission, powered by a diesel or gasoline, would have been able to detect situations where the car cover was placed in test. When the steering is inactive, or the wheels are turned less than 15 degrees, the transmission increased the gear ratios to reduce the engine speed and thus the polluting emissions. The system reacts when the direction is in motion.
For the moment, the Volkswagen group would work on the investigation with the German authorities. US leaders are also on the record, and are trying to find more information before going any further and determine whether or not it is a voluntary gesture. Remember that Audi was part of the scandal of diesel engines and that the company is still finding a technical solution to correct the problem with its 3.0-liter engines.
Audi also accused of cheating
Definitely, nothing is more on the side of the Volkswagen group. The German firm has not yet finished fixing its files on the rigged software dieselgate one of its divisions, Audi, has just received the visit of US investigators. The result: Audi has also put in place a software that fakes emissions, reducing carbon dioxide when certain conditions are met. For example, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) discovered that the system was activated when it detected that the steering wheel of the affected cars remained upright for a certain period of time. It then triggered the mechanism that allowed to limit pollutants, without worrying about the power.
The trick is interesting, since pollutant tests always take place when the car is still, the wheels perfectly straight. As soon as the device detected a turning movement greater than 15 degrees, it stopped, letting more polluting emissions pass than the norm allows. The German magazine Bild am Sonntag has discovered the results of the US survey but for the moment, no official comment has yet emanated from the manufacturer.
The affected vehicles are the cars equipped with an automatic transmission with fool proof software are Audi A6, A7, A8 and Q5 with V6 engine (petrol or diesel) and AL-551 transmission. AL-551 being the terminology internal to the manufacturer, to designate the box ZF auto 8 reports. Interesting fact. Other manufacturers use the same box of vitaesse, but it is Audi who makes the steps, and created the software, to integrate the ZF with his own cars.