Under an agreement to be submitted to a California judge next week, VW will pay $10 billion to owners of its diesel cars that cheated on emission standards. The A.P. and Bloomberg cited unnamed sources for their reports. A total of 482,000 diesel owners would receive from $1,000 to $7,000 each depending on various factors such as a vehicle’s age. Federal judge Charles Breyer will make the final decision next Tuesday. Analysts told the Detroit News that while the deal will be costly it is something VW can manage and it is important to get the diesel emission scandal behind it. VW is also expected to be required to pay a large fine to offset the environmental damage caused by the diesels.
It’s a tie! The new Chrysler Pacifica and the Honda Odyssey share first place in U.S. News & World Report ranking of minivans. It said the Pacifica offers a comfortable, useful interior, and that is what vans are all about.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted 40 mph passenger side small overlap tests on seven small SUVs. All carried good ratings for protecting drivers, but the IIHS wanted to know how well front seat passengers would fare. It said only one of the vehicles, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, performed at a level corresponding to a good rating. The others ran the gamut from poor to acceptable. The IIHS said it is considering including the new test as part of its Top Safety Pick criteria. Toyota said the test goes beyond federal rating standards and called it severe. IIHS said the test should not make anyone trade their small sport ute, but passenger protection is something they might want to consider come trade-in time.
Edmunds is optimistic. It is predicting that June auto sales will be the best in 11 years. “The industry may not be growing as fast as in recent years but, at the halfway point of 2016, it’s still on pace to set another annual sales record,” says Edmunds.com Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell. “As long as economic conditions — like low unemployment and easy access to credit — continue, the industry will be in a strong position through the busy summer sales months.”