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Some history on stretching the numbers, and the consequences, from today's New York Times...
The 2016 Civic may be a good start for Honda to get its mojo back.
In today's New York Times, it quotes some VW diesel owners as saying they want their money back because VW deceived them."Volkswagen has announced a $500 bonus incentive for current owners of a 2001 or newer VW when they purchase or lease certain models of the company’s cars. The offer does not extend to the TDI Clean Diesel models. After all, chances are pretty slim that VW will be selling many more of those in the U.S. in the near future."
VW Offers $500 Loyalty Bonus (247wallst.com)
I would guess they cannot keep up with demand for diesels if they have figured out how to get around the EPA. Nothing was said about sales of current models. Only they are waiting for a fix before they approve the 2016 models with diesel. I would be surprised if it is anything more than a quick flash. It is obvious they can meet the emissions. If it passes the CARB test.
I don't think there's a quick software fix. VW already tried that and it failed.
Seems like they may need to change the software and hardware, which will be expensive and difficult.
Could it be impossible? Could VW be forced to buy back these polluting diesels to get them off the road? Hmmm.
Also, while there are almost 500,000 non compliant VW/Audi diesel cars in the U.S., worldwide there are 11,000,000 such cars, according to the NY Times. It seems to me that VW will lose its 2015 sales lead to Toyota, and maybe even fall behind GM this year.
Another consequence of this diesel issue is that it'll put GM's ignition switch issue in the background. On balance, it'll help sales of the other major world manufacturers, including the Detroit 3, Peugeot, Renault and Chrysler-Fiat.
Longer term, most people tend to have short memories, so my guess is that if VW handles this mess well sales will begin to recover by sometime in 2017.
Ask Not for Whom the Wrecker Comes, It Comes for Thee:
Any ad that uses the word "plethora" can't be all bad:
Needs Some Parts? That should be easy...
He was going to get around to it, but....ZIP...there went 20 years:
All you'd have to do with that 1952 Studebaker 6x6 is rub a can of Turtle Wax on it and you'd have a good daily driver.