VW to refit cars hit by emissions scandal
vehicle when equipped with a manual transmission is usually superior for a number of reasons; most predominantly due to gear ratios and the availability for more precise shifting.
To explain, if you own a car that receives 200 horsepower @ 7000 RPM, but your automatic transmission will up-shift under full throttle at only 6000 RPM, you probably will never feel the full amount of power that your engine was made to offer.
So, your engine may be stamped with a 200 horsepower rating, but because your car is equipped with an automatic that up-shifts too soon, you may be missing up to 20 percent of available power.
On the other side, with most manual transmissions, you can usually take the engine revs to red line or past it. This enables you to get the most power possible to the front, rear, or all four wheels under full throttle take-offs.
If you want a car for power, but someone who uses it for everyday driving also uses it, consider a semiautomatic transmission. These transmissions are called different names from one manufacturer to another.
Usually, they’re found on the
BERLIN –– Volkswagen announced plans on Tuesday to refit up to 11 million vehicles and overhaul its namesake brand to try to move on from the scandal over its cheating on diesel emissions tests.
new Chief executive Matthias Mueller said the German carmaker would ask customers “in the next few days” to have diesel vehicles that contained illegal software refitted, a move which some analysts have said could cost more than $6.5 billion.
europe’s biggest carmaker has admitted cheating in diesel emissions tests in the United States and Germany’s transport minister says it also manipulated them in europe, where Volkswagen sells about 40 percent of its vehicles. The company is under huge pressure to address the worst business crisis in its 78-year history, which has wiped more than a third off its market value, sent shock waves through the global car market and could harm Germany’s economy. sport models. Basically they are an automatic transmission with the option to go manual. If you go into manual mode, it won’t be the common gearshift with 5 options, and you shift up, down, left, right, and that, but one with a + on the top and a - on the bottom.
You push the shifter towards the + mark to shift up, and pull towards the - mark to downshift.
Determine fuel economy If you answered yes, then going with a manual transmission is probably going to be your best bet, although it is far from your only choice.
Many newer cars with automatics have an EPA rating of only 1 or 2 MPG less than the same model car equipped with the manual. with everything in life, there are exceptions to this rule.
Some vehicles get better mileage (5 mpg or more) as an automatic compared to the manual, most notably in Toyotas like RAV4, and the PT Cruiser.
If this is the case, most people are not going to save a significant amount of money on fuel costs going with the 5-speed manual (especially if you do a lot of city driving).
Since the majority of drivers do
“we are facing a long trudge and a lot of hard work,” Mueller told a closed-door gathering of about 1,000 top managers at Volkswagen’s wolfsburg headquarters late on Monday.
“we will only be able to make progress in steps and there will be setbacks,” he said, according to a text seen by Reuters.
Mueller was appointed CEO on Friday to replace Martin winterkorn. German prosecutors said on Monday they were investigating winterkorn over allegations of fraud. not manually shift for economy (or know how to), the 1 or 2 MPG that is lost with the automatic can easily be gained.
Think maintenance/repair costs even though the automotive world has come extremely far with refining automatic transmissions, most automatic transmissions still need to be serviced far more often than manual transmissions (some auto manufacturers state that their manual transmissions never have to be serviced with fluid changes, etc.
Manual transmissions are also usually slightly/much cheaper to fix when something mechanical goes haywire.
This is not always the case, but on average, a manual transmission will cost you less to repair than an automatic in the same type of vehicle.
The clutch disc in manual transmissions does need to be replaced on occasion. There are many factors that determine how long a clutch will last such as driving style, the material the clutch disc is made of, and the amount of city-versus-highway driving.
Clutch replacement is often a
The crisis is an embarrassment for Germany, which has for years held up Volkswagen as a model of its engineering prowess and has lobbied against some tighter regulations on automakers. The German car industry employs more than 750,000 people and is a major source of export income.
Germany’s KBA watchdog had set Volkswagen an Oct. 7 deadline for it to present a plan to bring diesel emissions into line with the law.
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