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Volkswagen: Dubious Diesel Damage

Despite diesel related damages to the brand, Volkswagen as an auto group is doing remarkably well. In fact, not only has the automaker returned profitability, in April (of 2016 (mid-scandal)) Volkswagen sold more cars than any other automaker. Emissions have not taken a more notable a toll in sales, because that they are physically invisible. Diesel lost consumer confidence in the late 70s and ea

Volkswagen Is Doing Better Than Expected

Volkswagen expected their sales to take a massive plunge this month; compared to last year (Year over Year (YoY)). However, they surpassed their expectations and did far better than they anticipated. Volkswagen expected to drop 14.5 points compared to last May. They actually beat their projections by over 3 points. Granted…  that is still quite a dip, but considering the scale of their scandal; t

Volkswagen: Porsche Puppet

I am a fan of the brands that make up the Volkswagen Auto Group (VW AG) family, though the titular automaker is flailing between two contrasting philosophies (which I’ll disseminate in a elsewhere). Ruthlessness has been both of a bane and a blessing for the monster that Volkswagen AG. Thanks to a series of remarkably barbarous CEOs and/or indirect founders, the Wolfsburg based automaker has

Mitsubishi Motors and Hyundai Kia: Regarding Mileage

After coasting under the radar for quite awhile, Mitsubishi Motors has made a grand rise to the worst kind of prominence. They (and pretty much anyone else) would much preferred obscurity to impropriety exposure. Regrettably, for the Japanese automaker; the mileage scandal could not have been more nonfortuitously timed for Mitsubishi Motors. The South Korean automaking super duo; Hyundai and Kia;

Mitsubishi Motors and the System

Mitsubishi Motors has seen better days… namely the days in which it was so monumental a company, that it was broken up by the US after World War II. What started as a shipping company in 1873 had vertically integrated itself into a rather tall corporation in a short 20 years. By the second World War, Mitsubishi Group was almost a space elevator. What was once one giant company, is now a more mass

How Volkswagen Changed Everything

Before the Volkswagen scandal, people could really care less about any recalls. There were dozens of recalls that preceded the diesel scandal that were a blip on the American radar at best. That all changed when Volkswagen admitted wrongdoing to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and everyone else in the world. After the company acknowledged the charges, they lost a quarter of their stock

Government Agencies' Scandal Incentive

Many automakers have decided to sell cars with massive defects (like steering wheel grenades), because in the end, they come out on top (see: GM ignitions switch scandal). However, it has been abundantly obvious for years; if left to the automakers; ubiquitous changes will not be implemented until it is absolutely necessary. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) was i

Scandals Will Continue

Ever since the Volkswagen emissions scandal, all kinds of other automakers have been caught in similar wrongdoing, the latest is Mitsubishi. What bothers me is the faux outrage that follows the news of the scandal, because it is so disingenuous. This is by no means an accusation, because I do not have any tangible information to back this up, but the assertion undoubtedly true. It is; by far; mor

Suing Volkswagen

Too often I find myself utterly shocked at how fickle people are. After Volkswagen was caught polluting at a horrifying rate, people grew outraged. The company immediately apologized, fired their CEO, and paid their customers a modest fee. Six months later, people are still brandishing pitchforks against the Volkswagen, and it seems that people have forgot all about the time that General Motors

How the Government Could Have Stopped Volkswagen

Volkswagen is being sued by various governmental agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have open cases against Volkswagen. Sadly, that is more indicative of an underlying systemic problem than anything else. Let us ponder the intention behind instituting these governmental agencies. The EPA was created to protec