While there has been much public flagellation of Volkswagen since its widespread emissions-hiding practices were exposed last September, the time for true punishment is nearly upon the German automaker.
This week, Volkswagen’s leadership will begin the process of lopping off huge chunks of its future budgets to pay for its sins.
We’ve got more on that as well as a new member of the AMG family, a sports car with lasers attached to it and more in this post-World Series addition of the Daily Drive-Thru.
Congrats Cubs fans, feel free to continue sleeping off your hangovers once you finish.
Volkswagen to discuss restructuring this week
Volkswagen’s supervisory board will hold a meeting with labor leaders on Friday to discuss restructuring plans for the scandal-ravaged automaker. Facing billions of dollars in recall, repair and compensation expenses, the German company will discuss the wide array of cuts it will have to make in order to stay solvent moving forward.
Volkswagen Chief Executive Matthias Mueller announced a plan earlier this year that would save about 8 billion euros across the company’s various subsidiaries, which include Audi, Porsche and the European-centric Skoda brand. Herbert Diess, head of the Volkswagen nameplate, wants to cut his brand’s annual costs by 3.7 billion euros ($4.11 billion) through 2021.
Mercedes replaces GLE400 with AMG GLE43
Mercedes AMG is adding yet another powerful, high-performance model to its already impressive lineup. Early next year, Mercedes will replace its GLE400 SUV with the AMG GLE43, the ninth vehicle to carry the AMG 43’s 3.0-liter V-6 engine. With other performance oriented SUVs on the AMG roster, including the GLE43 Coupe, which debuted over the summer, and the GLC43 which is due out by the end of the year, the arrival of the full-bodied GLE43 did not come out of left field.
The aforementioned V-6 biturbo engine cranks out 362 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque. The GLE43 also comes equipped with an AMG-enhanced nine-speed automatic transmission, seating for five, standard 4Matic all-wheel drive, performance-tuned steering and a sport suspension.
Audi steps up its headlight game with lasers
Dr. Evil would be very pleased with Audi. The German luxury carmaker has made a sports car with frickin’ lasers attached to its head. Well, headlights, actually. Audi will make a limited line of R8 sports cars that use laser beams to supplement the vehicles’ dynamic LED headlights.
In appropriate conditions, the headlight lasers are fired up at 40 mph. A phosphor converter in the headlight converts the blue laser light into a super bright white light, the impetus being, ostensibly, enhanced safety through more powerful lights. In reality, the biggest benefit to the new headlights is the bragging rights that come with have lasers attached to your car.
The lights will be showcased inside an exclusive edition of the 2017 R8 V10 at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year. Audi plans on making 25 production versions of the 2017 R8 V10.
Hyundai Ioniq sets land speed record
A modified Hyundai Ioniq set the land speed record for a production-based hybrid vehicle, hitting 157.825 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Outfitted with a low-restriction intake and exhaust system, recalibrated engine and transmission, altered suspension and other aerodynamic modifications, the plug-in hybrid sedan had a peak exit speed of 160.7 mph.
Using a land speed record to prove a powertrain’s worth is not a new strategy for Hyundai. The Korean car company did the same thing with the Tucson Fuel Cell in California last year. The International Automobile Federation verified Hyundai’s results, so it’s not as though the company is fabricating these records, however, I question just how much competition it’s facing to make or break them.
Average fuel economy nears 25 mpg
Big cars were, well, big in 2015. Growing sales of light trucks, SUVs and crossovers collectively prodded sedans and compact cars toward their seemingly-inevitable demise. However, this trend did not prevent gas mileage from creeping up yet again. Average fleet-wide fuel economy for new cars was 24.8 mpg last year, an increase of 0.5 mpg from the previous year and 0.1 mpg better than what the EPA projected.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards call for average new car fuel economy to surpass 40 mpg by 2021. Automakers and other groups in the industry have pushed back against these standards and while everything is subject to change following next week’s national unpopularity referendum, er, um, I mean presidential election, the odds are carmakers will have to continue to cut average fuel consumption at the threat of being federally penalized.
Being that the requirement applies to average fuel economy rather than total fuel consumed, many automakers are pumping up their numbers by making electric, hybrid and fuel cell-powered vehicles. Under the Obama Administration, the EPA also requires cars to further limit the amount of Greenhouse Gases they emit, but again, everything can be subject to change.
Source: Automotive News
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