By on January 13, 2016


Porsche’s CEO is confident that the fix for their 3-liter diesel Cayennes will be approved by regulators, which is more than Volkswagen can say at the moment.

That, Kia’s big Detroit show, GM’s plan to sell cars online and Volkswagen CEO has a momentarily lapse of logic … after the break!

Porsche cayenne diesel

Porsche’s 3-liter fix is in, probably

Officials from Porsche submitted plans in December to fix its 3-liter diesel engine in the U.S., the automaker’s CEO told Reuters on Tuesday.

Oliver Blume told journalists at the North American International Auto Show that he was confident regulators would approve plans to fix more than 13,000 diesel engines that were fitted with an illegal “defeat device” designed to fool emissions. Blume said the fix will include replacing catalytic converters in older cars and a software update for all their affected diesel cars, according to Reuters.

Porsche’s 3-liter engine was designed and built by Audi and was used in Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche cars.

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General Motors will sell low-mileage used cars online

General Motors is starting to come around to this e-commerce idea. The automaker announced that it would offer to sell online about 30,000 low-mileage, used Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Buick cars, according to Automotive News.

Shoppers will be able to select the cars, which will all have fewer than 37,000 miles, and complete their purchases at a nearby dealership. The “Factory Pre-Owned Collection” cars, which will be predominately made up of lease returns, company cars or daily rentals, will be sold with extended bumper-to-bumper warranties.

Chevrolet, GMC and Buick cars will have an extended 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty. Cadillacs that are sold under the program will have a two-year or 20,000-mile warranty, according to Automotive News.

2017 Forte Sedan

Kia can’t fit it all into one show

We got a good look at the full-size Telluride concept (FYI: Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke live in Telluride, Colorado, so there’s your useless knowledge for the day), but Kia also had a refreshed Forte that got lost in the mix.

The updated sedan will receive a new 2-liter four cylinder in lower trims, and a sport trim wedged between the current LX and EX lines.

Kia didn’t specify power from the new 2-liter four, which will replace the current 1.8-liter mill in the LX trim, but said that the current hi-po 2-liter GDI will carry over into the next EX model. A six-speed manual transmission will be available in LX and S trims, with a six-speed automatic as the sole selection in the EX. The new Forte will go on sale by March.

Kia reveals first images of all-new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle

And Kia let us peek a little more at its upcoming hybrid, Niro. The new pictures show us basically what the car will look like, but we’ll have to wait until next month’s Chicago Auto Show to see the whole thing.


Super Cruise halted, for now

General Motors is delaying its semi-autonomous “Super Cruise” driving assistant for an unspecified reason, Automotive News reported. The feature, which was supposed to be included on the new Cadillac CT6 sometime this year, won’t be available until sometime in 2017.

“Getting the technology right and doing it safely is most important, so the exact month of introduction cannot be announced at this time,” the company said in a statement.

The automaker never really specified what Super Cruise would do, or at what speeds it would be activated, so it’s hard to miss something we didn’t know much about anyway, right?

Matthias Müller

VW’s Müller: It’s all a misunderstanding, you guys

Volkswagen’s CEO Matthias Müller told NPR that the automaker didn’t intentionally cheat the law when it equipped more than 500,000 cars with an illegal “defeat device” to fool emissions tests.

“We made a default, we had a … not the right interpretation of the American law,” Müller told NPR. Engineers were tasked with delivering something, and came up with “software solutions which haven’t been compatible to the American law.”

That response, to me, is … baffling. But then Müller doubled down when he was asked about why Volkswagen didn’t initially come clean with regulators in 2014, when the automaker was told that its cars were illegally polluting the first time.

“We didn’t lie. We didn’t understand the question first. And then we worked since 2014 to solve the problem,” he said.

Oh, boy.

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18 Comments on “TTAC News Round-up: Kia’s Big Show, Porsche’s Diesel Fix and Müller Says VW Just Misunderstood The Law, You Guys...”

  • avatar

    “Factory Pre-Owned Collection”

    Why is this better than a CPO from a dealer?
    You’re going to buy online and finish the deal at the dealer, where they’ll have shipped your car?
    Why are these cars going back to GM HQ as opposed to the dealer from whence they were initially leased?

    I don’t really get the point of this.

    • 0 avatar

      And why doesn’t GM have a better CPO warranty? If you compare CPO programs GMs is more or less the weakest in the length of coverage.

      I fail to see the point as well unless this is an area that they can legally experiment with online sales.

      • 0 avatar

        I would assume that the CPO warranty is in addition to the factory warranty. So the Cadillac one would be 6 years/70,000 miles from original sale?

        • 0 avatar

          @bball40dtw, looking online I do see that GM has a 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty on CPO cars but they never talk about it in advertising only the 12 month/12,000 mile bumper to bumper.

          Honestly only taking about the comprehensive coverage is weak sauce.

          • 0 avatar

            They don’t add 5 years and 100K miles to the original warranty. All they do is add 40K miles and no years. Hahahahaha.

          • 0 avatar

            Yes from “original in service date” – but basically everybody does that “from in service date.” I’m just saying that GM doesn’t play up that angle.

            So originally sold new on 11/01/12 powertrain warranty till 11/01/17 or 100,000 miles whichever comes first.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      I would assume these are regular CPO cars at the dealer; this is just another way to corral online eyeballs.

    • 0 avatar

      These will mainly be factory cars and daily rental returns that weren’t bought at a dealer per se. Also they are not going back to HQ they are going back to a remarketing center where they would normally sell them to dealers to potentially become CPO cars. This just means that you get the pick from the local remarketing center’s entire inventory and chose which dealer will buy it for you.

  • avatar

    “This is all just a big misunderstanding.” Seriously VW?

    This is:
    A) Obviously untrue.
    B) Guaranteed to pi$$ off CARB, EPA, and DoJ even MORE, if that were even POSSIBLE.

    Has NOBODY explained to Muller that all those guys have VERY wide discretion in how much VW will eventually have to pay? Pretending that it wasn’t intentional (and that they didn’t make lame attempts to cover it up) is not helpful.

    What could possibly be misunderstood about “Why do your cars emit very high amounts of pollution on the road, but magically become “clean” only during emissions tests?”

  • avatar

    VW/Muller – YOU find it baffling? It must be right off the wall then. The problem is, all the EPA and CARB regs are written in English, and VW is German. There’s the misunderstanding according to Muller. You damn Yankees should have translated all that gobbledeegook into German in the first place back in 2006.

    Why, VW slaved mightily to meet the regulations as they understood them, while BMW and Mercedes wondered what magic VW had invented where a mere lean NOx trap could duplicate SCR. Of course, those two companies hired translators out of petty cash.

    Muller is an obvious idiot. VW has fired all its top ranks merely on the basis of a little misunderstanding, then, and has handed out complimentary cards to owners in the US and Canada.

    Meanwhile, over in Blighty, another VW twit is appearing before a parliamentary committee today, and MPs are ready and waiting to go after him having read the CARB rejection letter. This according to the Guardian newspaper.

    I recommend one more VW firing – Muller. A born liar.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. Muller is incompetent. This is way bigger than his abilities. If he doesn’t get pushed out, it will be a clear sign that VW’s board is still dismissive of American law as some nuisance.

      There are tons of highly capable AND experienced CEOs to get VW back into better terms with owners, dealers, regulators, politicians, and the larger public opinion here in the US, AND to turn around the company internally. But, something tells me they would never consider an American as a CEO, at least until the crisis is more predictable.

  • avatar

    VW misunderstood whether they would get caught.

  • avatar

    “Vee did not understand zee question” Wasn’t that used at Nuremburg quite frequently?

  • avatar

    For me, it’s a tossup whether Muller is arrogant, incompetent, or both. His “no habla Ingles” defense is downright insulting, both to us and to VAG. He’s demonstrated that he’s not the man for the job. VW should keep him out of sight until they find a replacement.

    • 0 avatar

      The only thing they misunderstood was how to react to getting caught. If you’re caught, your response should be “we messed up. let’s make it right.”

      Instead they continue to try and shift the blame from themselves. They blame vendors (Bosch). They blame regulators. They blame two of their own engineers. As you said, it’s insulting.

      They should put on their big boy pants and convince us they’re addressing the issue.

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