Defeat device now detected in VW, Audi, Porsche 3.0 TDI models

8_Porsche_Macan_S_DieselThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed that other diesel engines may be affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal after finding evidence of a defeat device on 3.0-litre TDI Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen models.

The defeat device “increases emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) up to nine times EPA’s standard,” says the U.S. agency – which has issued a second notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG.

The EPA states the following models are affected:

  • 2014 Volkswagen Touareg
  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne
  • 2016 Audi A6 quattro, A7 quattro, A8, A8L, Q5

“VW has once again failed its obligation to comply with the law that protects clean air for all Americans,” said the EPA’s Cynthia Giles.

The latest violations affect around 10,000 cars sold since the 2014 model year, plus “an unknown volume of 2016 models”.

Volkswagen has since released a statement denying the allegations. The firm said it “wishes to emphasise that no software has been installed in the 3-litre V6 diesel power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner”.

Random testing

The latest Volkswagen Group Clean Air Act violation was discovered during a randomised screening process of U.S. diesel cars conducted by the California Air Resources Board.

“These tests have raised serious concerns about the presence of defeat devices on additional VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles,’ said CARB executive officer Richard Corey.

“This is a very serious public health matter. ARB and EPA will continue to conduct a rigorous investigation that includes testing more vehicles until all of the facts are out in the open.”

The first notice of violation was issued to Volkswagen AG by the EPA on 18 September, after it discovered the presence of emissions test cheat code that caps NOx emissions during official testing – but lets vehicles emit up to 40 times the legal limit during on-road use.

The EA 189 2.0-litre TDI is the engine in question.

Since then, Volkswagen’s share price has plummeted as the firm has found 11 million vehicles worldwide contain defeat device coding.

Drivers of gas guzzlers could pay to enter towns and cities across England

Diesel car prices rise… for now

Diesel car prices rise

Will cheaper diesel fuel counter the effect of the VW scandal?

The #dieselgate Volkswagen emissions scandal may be in full swing, but there is some good news for drivers of diesel-engined cars.

Data from used car experts Manheim shows a rise in used diesel car prices of 3.1% (£242.44) in August, compared to the first half of the year. The average value of a second-hand petrol car rose by just 1.1% (£37.97) over the same period – a difference of more than £200.

Manheim attributes the increase to the drop in the price of diesel fuel, which fell below that of petrol in late July.

Michael Buxton, CEO of Manheim UK, commented: “Although there are many variables around prices changes, including volume mix, age and mileage, it appears that the fuel price drop – the first time diesel has been cheaper than petrol since 2001 – may have already had an impact in the used car market.”

It will be interesting to see if this trend is maintained, following the negative publicity for diesel in recent days. There is no evidence that the VW Group scandal affects any other car manufacturers, but the news has not done the public perception of diesel any favours.

Keep visiting for the latest news as the #dieselgate story develops.



Proof the Volkswagen thinks of (almost) everything


VW gave us a little gift on the Golf SV launch: a twin set of squirty balsamic vinegar and olive oil, presumably in coy recognition of out stay in St Tropez.

Knowing that some car hacks like to hand-baggage only – not me, I hasten to add; it’s long been remarked that I could over-pack as an Olympic-grade sport – whoever arranged this not only made sure that the canisters were only 100ml, they also provided a resealable plastic bag to appease airport security.

Being a much travelled nerd, I could point out that the bag still wouldn’t pass rigorous inspection (since it has anti-suffocation holes, it isn’t entirely sealable…). But the gesture remains beautifully thought through. So I won’t.

SEAT Mii: £79 a month with free insurance too


SEAT has revealed one of the sharpest new car deals around – a Mii, for £79 a month, with a year’s free insurance thrown in for good measure.

The deal is subject to a £2630 deposit but the free insurance deal may offset that for younger drivers: it’s valid for drivers aged over 21 years…

… and AA British Insurance Premium Index analysis shows the average premium for a 23-29 year old stands at £1136 a year. And that’s an average – the younger you are, the more you’ll pay. Or the more you’ll save in this deal.

It isn’t just a bog-standard Mii, either. The deal is centred on the special edition Mii Toca, a model based on the SE that includes alloys, rear parking sensors and the touchscreen SEAT portable touchscreen system – which, remarkably, comes with built in sat nav and Bluetooth!

Air con is also standard, as are electric door mirrors, split rear seat and a gloss white dash trim.

It uses the 60hp 1.0-litre engine which averages 62.8mpg and emits 105g/km CO2. And an insurance rating of 1E means it should remain affordable when the free insurance deal runs out, too.

SEAT’s offering the £79 a month deal as part of a 42-month PCP, which is based on an average 5000 miles a year. Below the national average but still realistic for a city car. Just be aware every extra mile over this will cost 4.4 pence.

Even so, it’s a pretty tempting deal for the car Motoring Research’s Sean is currently running as a long-termer. Such sophistication for less than £20 a week? We reckon it’s little short of a steal… /By Richard Aucock