postheadericon VW Scandal Just Keeps Growing

vw scandalAt this point, everyone with a car radio is following along. Since September, the initial investigation commissioned by the International Council on Clean Transportation that discovered that Volkswagon programmed its diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests has prompted investigations that just keep prompting more VW scandals and investigations. Here’s a timeline of the VW press gift that keeps on giving:

September 18- the United States Environmental Protection Agency publically announces that VW programmed its turbocharged direct injection diesel engines to activate particular emissions controls only during laboratory emissions testing. The cheat allowed for the engines’ NOx outputs to seem to be 40 times less than what they actually were. Accordingly, the EPA ordered the recall of 2009-2015 VW vehicles.

September 20- VW admits having deceived the public and apologizes.

September 21- VW’s stock falls by 20%.

September 22- VW announces that around 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with the deceptive software. It prepares to spend $7.4 billion to cover the scandal, including expected recalls. so Stock drops another 17%.winterkorn

September 23- CEO Winterkorn resigns. He takes responsibility for the deceptive software, but also insists that he personally did nothing wrong.

September 25- VW appoints Mathias Mueller as the new CEO.

September 28- German lawyers open an investigation to figure out whether Winkerkorn was personally involved in the scandalous activity. Winkerton is not charged or suspected of having truly been a part of the scandal, but German law does not allow for charges to be brought against a company so it must name an individual to move forward with questioning.

September 29- Volkswagen announces that it has commissioned a third party investigation by U.S. law firm Jones Day.

October 1- Hans Dieter Poetsch becomes VW’s new chief financial officer. VW announces that factory workers are losing one shift a week and that its financial series division has ceased all hiring processes.

October 2- VW offers customers a way to check to see if their cars are affected online.

October 7- Mueller announces that the recall of cars with the emissions-cheating software will commence in January with the aims that all cars be fixed by the following year.

hornOctober 8- VW top US executive Michael Horn apologizes to US congress for the scandal.

October 15- German government requires that all VW cars with emissions-cheating software be recalled. In accordance with EU sanctions, 8 million vehicles are recalled across 28 countries.

October 28- VW reports a third quarter loss of $1.83 billion.

November 2- The EPA announces that it found similar emission test-cheating software on additional VW vehicles along with some Audi models and a Porsche model.

So there you have it; right when the recalls and the apologizing seemed to be wrapping up the ugly circumstances, Audi and Porsche get implicated.

How do all of these car companies get away with cheating on these tests? One theory is that copyright law allows for companies to prohibit research on their automotive software. This keeps their cheating habits away from prying eyes unless the EPA sees any reason to get involved. Now that the scandal has implicated multiple car manufacturers, more software testing is sure to take place.


Automobile Evolution:

Having a vehicle for transportation and travel is no longer considered as a luxury in today’s world. Every family has a car these days, thanks to the revolution in motor industry as well as to the enormous transformation of technology and mechanisms needed to build them. The automobile industry primarily started to function in the late 18th century for the main purpose of manufacturing horse-free carriages, as people used them in olden days to move around and for travel. To get rid of horses which were used to pull carriages in those days, need came to manufacture motors that would drive the vehicle just like horses used to pull them. It all began in the end of 18th century in the United States of America which was the main producer of locomotives, say almost 90% of the total world production.

Vastness of Automobile Industry:

The current automotive industry is very vast with lot of companies coming up with so many different types of vehicles under the categories called passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles. The passenger vehicles compromise of cars, vans, jeeps, buses, coaches, shuttles which are mainly used to transport passengers from one location to the other. The commercial vehicles are the light commercial as well as heavy commercial vehicles like trucks, tractors-trailers, semi-trucks, lorry and mini commercial vans that are mainly used to transport goods within different places.

Automobiles – An everyday need:

In today’s highly advanced world, we have become so much dependent on the vehicles for even day-to-day use. Without a vehicle at home or work, nothing seems to move and hence we can never stay away from it. Be it for personal use, business, travel or fun, we all need a vehicle or a good automobile to move around that will take us from one place to the other real fast without any hassles. With so much of supply as well as the competition in the automobile industry, the cost has really become affordable for people coming from all backgrounds and classes. It is hence really hard to imagine ourselves without vehicles as we would be left handicapped.

Automobile – A dream come true for many:

Having an automobile or to be able to buy and keep it is indeed a dream come true for many people who hail from completely simple and humble backgrounds. Many thanks to the automotive industry for evolving so tremendously and rapidly over the centuries. Only USA was the main producer of automobiles but then later on after the 2nd world war, many major players started to emerge in this highly competitive field of business. Some of the major countries like France, Germany, China, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, Italy, India and Switzerland rose up to the expectations in manufacturing and exporting many different types of automobiles. The automobile industry is a real huge industry that not only deals with the manufacture and production but also the maintenance and services of the various related components as well. To be more precise, the automobile industry never sleeps and this rapid growth is what keeps it unique amongst its other piers.

postheadericon Buy a car within your budget by Car leasing company

bmw3A car is the best one to make your journey more comfortable and happy manner. There are different types of car model available in the market with different varieties of features which makes the journey happier. Many of the people like to buy the car to show their status high. Lot of youngsters likes to buy BMW 3 series car which is introduced by BMW. The BMW 3 series car is mostly like by sports person. The BMW 3 series is a stylish car which provides a unique feature like consumption of low fuel and impressive dynamics. Everyone like to buy the car but their financial situation act as a barrier for many people restrict to buy the cars in order to overcome this trouble you can buy the car by leasing.

When you buy the BMW 3 series lease, you can save your amount and you can get your favorite car with best rates in the auto industry. Select the experience leasing company to get your lovable in lowest price. Prefer the car lease dealers who is spending more years by staying connect with the car manufacturers company. The car dealer helps you to get the perfect vehicle for you which is completely free from hassles and makes you to enjoy your journey. If you have any queries related to leasing of car you can contact the company either by phone call or e-mail where they clear your doubt what you have and they also helps you to select the latest trendy model of car which suits you.

postheadericon 5 Buying Tips for the First Time Purchaser of a Sports Car

This article willrover1 help a lot for those people who are searching for practical tips to help them purchase a suitable Range Rover Sport. Purchasing a new car could be monetarily stressful for those guys who are on a tight budget. After all, purchasing a sports car is a largest purchase after your home. Being a first time buyer is sufficient to bring you under stress. Basically the idea of making a right purchase deal, making perfect comparisons and asking the right questions to the owner, all this and more is responsible to bring you under pressure. You have to do this in order to get the best value for your money.

What You Want?

What kind of requirements your vehicle is going to fulfill? Are you a big family and need big sitting arrangement? Do you need a 4×4 vehicle? Consider your present and your future requirements before finalizing. Suppose you are going to start a family, then purchasing a sports car may not be the right answer.


When you are talking to a salesperson, remember it is a part of their training to make you feel that you are in need of the product which they are selling. They will impress it on your mind that you cannot survive without that particular product. That is why it is essential for you to purchase it. Similarly middlemen also do the same; they are also salespersons.

But if you have finalized your budget in advance, then there are fewer chances that you will overspend. A family person must stay away from overspending in order to avoid future financial problems.

Other than this you are also advised to do a market research about the pre-owned vehicles. What are the rates as per models? How to find out the real price of a vehicle no matter what the salesperson is asking for?

rover2Research and Purchase

Suppose you don’t know who is in the business of pre-owned vehicles. No need to worry about, you can always use Google to answer your queries. Find a broker in your area or a car service to help you in your purchase deal. Remember, there is a big difference between the list price and the purchase price of an old vehicle.


Don’t feel bad while negotiating. I have seen many guys who feel shy while negotiating. But as a purchaser it is not only your right, it is your duty to ask for concession. If you feel yourself unable to judge the right value of the car, then you can take an expert from the from the car service center to guide you in the process. When buying a used car there is always a room for negotiations. It is on your guts as how much you can lower the price of Range Rover Sport?

Test Drive

Everyone handles his vehicle in a different manner. So when purchasing a used car it becomes imperative on your part to ask for a test drive. Do not forget to go on a test drive with your friend or a mechanic who can check the technical details of the car. Definitely you will make the right purchase deal if you follow the above tips.

postheadericon Benefits of a Motorcycle Over a Car

bikes1Chances are you need to get around and you need to do it fast. While I’m sure a large portion of people would love to do away with their gas powered mode of transportation and replace it with a bicycle. You don’t have to worry about gas, barely have to worry about maintenance costs (and even if you do, they’re so cheap it’s virtually free) and you get exercise while you do it.

Unfortunately, having a bicycle as your primary mode of transportation probably isn’t for you. However, there is an oft-overlooked alternative that can combine the best of both worlds and that is doing away with unnecessarily large cars and instead looking towards motor bikes.

Sure, it may sound impractical at first but let’s take a deeper dive into why having a motorcycle, as your primary mode of transportation may be a better bet.


Right off the bat is the cost. Cars are expensive with many newer models going for well over $20,000. Depending on which motorcycle you choose, you will be able to get a brand new bike for much closer to $10,000 immediately putting $10,000 in your pocket that would have been spent on a new car. Not only are they cheaper to buy, but they’re also cheaper to maintain as well due to the fact that motorcycles have less moving parts than vehicles. These two points combined make it obvious that a motorcycle is a much cheaper alternative and our next point reinforces that.


bikes2Gas may be at a somewhat low price point right now; they will inevitably climb which is something you should always take into consideration. While vehicles are getting better with gas mileage, they are no competition compared to a motorcycle. The reason for this is obvious: smaller engines means less gas. Motorcycles can get away with a smaller engine while maintaining comparable speeds due to the fact that they are much lighter than your standard car. Thus, the benefits here are extremely apparent. If gas prices stay low, you can reap the benefits of being able to get around for extremely cheap. Alternatively, once gas prices presumably rise, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank every time you fill up your tank. It’s a win with scenario.


Finally, there is the versatility of motor bikes that comes as a sort of double-edged sword. It’s easy to see that motorcycles have a much smaller footprint than cars meaning they can get around much easier. Motorcycle owners proudly tout the fact that finding a parking spot is a breeze as you can park in even the smallest of spaces where as cars need a full parking spot. On the flip side, your standard vehicle is much easier (not to mention safer) to drive in different types of weather. Snow, for example, is probably something you’re never going to want to drive a motorcycle in, as the only thing that will give you is a one-way ticket to the hospital. Luckily, if you live in an environment that doesn’t experience snow, you won’t have to worry about this at all but it is definitely something to take into consideration before making a purchase.

postheadericon Options for Buying a New Car

buying1No matter how you slice it, buying a new car is expensive and can be quite the burden for those who are already struggling with their finances. However, if you’ve ever bought a used car you’re sure to know of the problems. Endless repairs, constantly being unable to get where you need to go on time due to breakdowns and more will do nothing but lead to headaches. This point alone is why many people strive to purchase a brand new car so they know exactly what they’re getting and exactly what’s been done to the car.

Unfortunately, as mentioned above, buying a new car is an intimidating task due to the price tag. You would be hard pressed to find a brand new vehicle for much less that $17,000. When you factor in your rent or mortgage and any other bills you may have, dropping such an amount of cash may not be in the books. Luckily, dealerships offer many different ways for you to buy your automobile, one of which is surely to fit into your plans. Lets look at the pros and cons of each to make it easier to decide which is right for you.

Buying With Cash

Most obviously, there is the cash method. This involves writing a check, charging your debit card or walking into the car dealership with a load of cash. If feasible, this is undoubtedly the best way to purchase a new vehicle. You don’t have to worry about interest rates, monthly payments or making sure you don’t go over your yearly mileage. On the flip side, being able to buy a car in cash requires you to actually have that cash readily available and able to be spent. For those who don’t have such an option, dealerships offer more practical packages for purchasing a car.


buying2If you’re one who wants some of the benefits of purchasing a car in cash but don’t have the full amount to drop, financing is for you. For those not aware, financing involves taking out a loan for your new vehicle and paying it off every month. The benefits of this, quite obviously, are that you get to own the car but don’t have to pay the full amount upfront. The downside is that you’re going to have the pay your bill on time every month and you have to worry about interest rates. If you have great credit you don’t have much to worry about, as dealerships have been known to offer interest rates less than 2%.


Finally, there is the lease option. Leasing is a much more restricted method of purchasing a vehicle as you’re not really purchasing it at all. Instead, leasing is more similar to renting a vehicle for a long period of time. The benefits of leasing an automobile include lower monthly payments than would be provided with the financing option. Not only that, but you also have the luxury of getting a brand new car every 3 years (depending on the terms of your lease) and don’t have to worry about maintenance as dealerships will take care of it. Unfortunately, leasing isn’t all daisies, as you have to watch your mileage. If you go over your yearly mileage you will be met with quite the bill at the end of your lease. But, if you’re someone who wants a brand new car, doesn’t want to pay cash and doesn’t drive much, leasing is a great alternative to financing or buying with cash.