The EPA alleges that there are 10,000 additional Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles with the 3.0-liter diesel engine that are equipped with a device that allows them to pass pollution tests, but then emit up to nine times the EPA standard for nitrogen oxide on the road. The vehicles covered are 2014 VW Touareg, 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L and the Q5. This is not the same diesel engine mentioned by the EPA in earlier notices. In response, VW has denied that those vehicles have software that allows them cheat on tests and is working to “clarify the matter.”
Automakers are reporting on October sales this morning, and it was a hot month for Fiat Chrysler. Sales rose 15 percent over a year earlier for the firm’s 67th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Jeep sales rose 24 percent.
Ford reported a 13 percent sales gain with demand strong for the Ford F-150, sport utility vehicles, and the Mustang. It also posted an all-time record average transaction price of $34,600 per vehicle which should keep the bean counters happy.
Over at General Motors, Chevrolet posted its best October in 11 years. Total company sales and retail deliveries increased 16 percent. Chevy crossover sales rose 58 percent and Chevy truck sales were up 13 percent.
Thanks to strong sales of the Rogue, Nissan reported a 12.5 percent sales gain last month. Rogue sales rose 70 percent, the company said.
Mitsubishi also joined the party reporting sales increased almost 20 percent.
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