How bad is the VW Dieselgate Emissions Scandal

This is a nightmare for Volkswagen. The company has admitted cheating emissions tests using an algorithm. The actual vehicles are actually 10 to 40 times dirtier than what the cars revealed during tests. Amazing!

The CEO has resigned. Other executives are being fired.

By admitting to defrauding customers and the US government, Volkswagen has significantly harmed its brand.

It’s hard to imagine how Volkswagen overcomes this mess.


Why Does the US have so few diesel cars?


Why are there so few diesel powered cars in the US? Polls reveal that Americans aren’t as comfortable with diesel-engined passenger cars and some say it has to do with a poorly-designed Oldsmobile diesel engine made in the 1970s. Here’s the story:

In order to meet new American emissions regulations in the mid-1970s, executives at General Motor’s Oldsmobile Division decided to design and a series of diesel engines for passenger car use. Diesels were not subject to the same Federal emissions requirements as gasoline engines and this helped them meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) records of the time.

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