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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;

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

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

Volkswagen Jumps Through Loopholes

It is reasonable to vilify Volkswagen auto group for their wrongdoing regarding diesel emissions. However, the company was merely responding to the system in which it lives. While Volkswagen did break laws all over (most of) the globe, the deceit is better comprehended as jumping through loopholes. First, a quick recap. In 2009, Volkswagen started a push to reinvigorate the then ailing diesel ind

SEMA Challenges EPA on Racecar Regulations

By and large, the movement to curtail the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases is a good thing. We all want to drive fuel-efficient vehicles that don’t make a T-Rex-sized footprint on the environment. But is there a point where common-sense regulation becomes government-mandated prohibition? The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is up in arms over the EPA’s latest proposal to cut gre

California Regulators Reject VW’s Diesel Recall Plan

Back in late November, we informed you of Volkswagen’s impending deadline to fix the engines of 2.0-liter diesel vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf TDI (pictured). Now the time has come for VW to deliver a diesel recall plan that would satisfy both the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In short, the verdict from the two agencies can be summarized t

Volkswagen and the EPA

It was recently announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to charge Volkswagen Auto Group (VW AG) up to $50 Billion to compensate for their diesel emissions disaster. Obviously, that is only a theoretical maximum; it is improbable that the EPA (or the US Attorney General for that matter) is going to pursue mulct of that magnitude. If a punishment of that proportion were p

Volkswagen Fights the Law (And the Law Won?)

This past year wasn’t a good one for Volkswagen, and based on early indications 2016 isn’t shaping up to be any better. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in concert with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), filed a civil complaint against Volkswagen and five of its subsidiaries, most notably Audi and Porsche. The DOJ is seeking billions in damages from VW after it was revealed

Scandal At Volkswagen: Now Porsche is Ridin’ Dirty

Just when the long-running Scandal at Volkswagen series seemed to be running out of fresh storylines, a new plot twist has been unearthed that is guaranteed to keep automotive news fans on the edges of their seats. On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slapped Volkswagen with its second notice of violation (NOV) for emissions cheating—only this time, the EPA’s indictment not only t