Championship Hunt Heats Up

Source: toyota.com

It was déjà vu in Virginia as Toyota NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell swept both of this year’s race weekends at Richmond Raceway. Camry driver Tyler Ankrum clinched the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) championship and Logan Seavey extended his USAC points lead. Toyota NHRA drivers are also within striking distance of the championship. …continue reading

    

Monday Morning Auto News, Sep 24, 2018

That’s going to hurt: Impending hardware refit of diesel cars will cost billions

Picture courtesy Manager Magazin

Germany’s and Europe’s carmakers are casting timid glances in the direction of Germany’s capital Berlin, where a possibly extremely costly decision is imminent. This Sunday, the German government is expected to decide what to do with the millions of NOX-emitting diesel cars on the country’s roads. According to Der Spiegel, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a hardware solution, and that could cost many billions.

Ever since the dieselgate scandal became public, European automakers tried everything to avoid a solution that makes older diesel cars come clean. The reasons are money, and the monstrous amounts of diesel cars in Europe. Approximately half of Europe’s cars used to be diesel-driven before the scandal lowered the appetite for diesel. The atrocious problem is the huge amount of vehicles already on the road in Europe, and there are around 250 million of them.

Germany is the center of Europe’s automotive universe, and there, automakers and politicians have so far handed out placebos in form of tweaks of the on-board computer, or silly little plastic pieces to be put into the air intake. As expected, they did not work. Environmental pressure groups such as Germany’s Deutsche Umwelt Hilfe soon gave up on lobbying governments, and went to the courts instead to compel cities to enact “Fahrverbote,” or driving bans for dirty diesels. It did not take much to convince the judges. According to long existing laws, the driving bans should have been decreed long ago, but the laws were ignored by regional governments. Local politicians even ignored the decisions of courts until tardy politicos had to be threatened with jailtime.

The impending driving bans are politically explosive. Imagine your government telling you that you can’t drive your car to work, or that the fruit stand down the road needs to buy a new truck to …continue reading

    

Friday Morning Auto News, Sep 21, 2018