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Volkswagen of America on Sunday launched a new consumer information site vowing to fix the 482,000 diesel cars in the United States that are committing excess pollution as “soon as possible.” The German automaker has admitted to installing “defeat devices” in 11 million vehicles worldwide and has set aside $7.3 billion to address the problem. The companies long time CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned last week and the company named the new CEO Friday — one of a series of management changes.
Source: The Detroit News
Volkswagen Diesel Scandal: How Are Individual Dealers Being Affected?
On a calm Friday afternoon, the lot at Bay Ridge Volkswagen in the Brooklyn borough of New York appeared to be packed to capacity with new and used VWs parked neatly beside one another, barely any space between most of them. Even though almost every inch of the dealership’s grounds seemed to be occupied by vehicles, no customers were driving them off the lot. One could see this as a slump in sales, possibly caused by the news that the automaker Volkswagen AG had been rigging some of its diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests, but Bay Ridge Volkswagen’s general manager Jed Kass said the scandal hasn’t hit the dealership at all — it doesn’t even sell that many diesel cars. “The percentage of our business that’s diesel is very small,” said Kass, who has been in the automotive-sales business for 31 years and has been selling Volkswagens for the past five years. “Though we have a few customers affected, it’s a minority.”
Source: International Business Times
Examining a database of over 10,000 monthly users and around 7,000 registered garages, WhoCanFixMyCar.com has lifted the lid on an age-old question.
While the most commonly-travelled distance to a garage is two to three miles, the overall UK average is 5.7 miles.
City dwellers tend to travel the shortest distances with rural drivers 65 per cent more likely to drive more than five miles for vehicle servicing and repairs.
The data shows that 46 per cent of WhoCanFixMyCar users travel more than four miles and 15 per cent travel over ten miles.
In it’s report, WhoCanFixMyCar.com stated: “The implications are obvious: a garage’s pool of customers is much larger than the business may have previously imagined.
“The learning for garages: if you have something special to offer, you should find ways to spread the word beyond your immediate neighbourhood.”
Vehicle owners are prepared to travel furthest for specialist and more expensive work, such as clutch and gearbox repairs.
For ‘commoditised’ maintenance, such as new tyres and tracking, owners prefer to remain local.
Analysis undertaken by Dearman, the clean cold and power technology company, has highlighted the damaging economic, health and environmental impact that cooling of refrigerated vehicles is having across Europe.
The research, which will be presented in Brussels later today (Tuesday, September 29), has found that the one million transport refrigeration units on European streets have the equivalent impact on air pollution as up to 56 million diesel cars.
Hundreds of thousands of refrigerated vehicles run on European streets every day –delivering perishable (cold and frozen) goods to restaurants, supermarkets, warehouses, homes and hospitals.
The cooling in these vehicles is often powered by an unregulated secondary diesel engine, which is inefficient and disproportionately polluting.
Transport refrigeration units can emit up to 29 times more potentially carcinogenic particulate matter and six times more NOx than far larger, modern diesel truck engines, and up to 165 times as much particulate matter and 93 times as much NOx as the latest diesel cars.
Launching the report in Brussels, Professor Toby Peters, chair in power and cold economy, University of Birmingham and CEO of Dearman, said: “Until now, nobody has given transport refrigeration units a thought.
“We all shop at food stores, eat in restaurants or have chilled and frozen food delivered, but the impact of transport refrigeration units has never been investigated, let alone addressed.
“They are unregulated, use outdated, fossil fueled technology and are disproportionately polluting. What’s worse, their pollution is concentrated on city streets where it does the most damage to our health.”
He added: “With 400,000 people dying prematurely every year in the EU as a result of air pollution, we simply cannot afford to ignore these hidden polluters any longer.
Awareness is growing and the policy landscape is just beginning to change, but action is needed now to prevent further environmental damage.”
The research also finds that pollution from transport refrigeration units could cost EU countries 22 billion euros over the next decade, as the EU fleet grows by 20% to 1.2 million by 2025.