Porsche’s CEO is confident that the fix for their 3-liter diesel CayennesÂ 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 andÂ Volkswagen CEO has a momentarily lapse of logic … after the break!
Porscheâ€™s 3-liter fix is in, probably
Officials from Porsche submitted plans in DecemberÂ to fix its 3-liter diesel engine in the U.S., the automakerâ€™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 â€œdefeat deviceâ€� 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.
Porscheâ€™s 3-liter engine was designed and built by Audi and wasÂ used in Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche cars.
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 â€œFactory Pre-Owned Collectionâ€� cars, which will be predominatelyÂ made up ofÂ 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.
Kia canâ€™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 thereâ€™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 didnâ€™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.
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 weâ€™ll have to wait until next monthâ€™s Chicago Auto Show to see the whole thing.
Super Cruise halted, for now
General Motors is delaying its semi-autonomous â€œSuper Cruiseâ€� 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, wonâ€™t be available until sometime in 2017.
â€œGetting the technology right and doing it safely is most important, so the exact month of introduction cannot be announced at this time,â€� 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 itâ€™s hard to miss something we didnâ€™t know much about anyway, right?
VWâ€™s MÃ¼ller: Itâ€™s all a misunderstanding, you guys
Volkswagenâ€™s CEO Matthias MÃ¼ller told NPR that the automaker didnâ€™t intentionally cheat the law when it equipped more than 500,000 cars with an illegal â€œdefeat deviceâ€� to fool emissions tests.
â€œWe made a default, we had a … not the right interpretation of the American law,â€� MÃ¼ller told NPR. Engineers were tasked with delivering something, and came up with â€œsoftware solutions which haven’t been compatible to the American law.â€�
That response, to me, is â€¦ baffling. But then MÃ¼ller doubled down when he was asked about why Volkswagen didnâ€™t initially come clean with regulators in 2014, when the automaker was told that its cars were illegally polluting the first time.
â€œWe didn’t lie. We didn’t understand the question first. And then we worked since 2014 to solve the problem,â€� he said.