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Black Sheep Ferdinand Piëch Reappears as Porsche SE Attempts to Ease Tensions

by on 31 May 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Porsche Automobil Holding SE has denied it intentionally misled investors over the severity of the VW emissions cheating crisis in 2015. With Volkswagen AG’s Chief Executive Officer Matthias Müller now personally caught up in the growing market manipulation investigation, it was only a matter of time before Porsche Automobil Holding released a statement to assure investors the […] More…

Volkswagen Expands U.S. Fire Risk Recall to Almost 300,000 Porsche and Audi SUVs

by on 16 May 2017 in Audi News Fourtitude News

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Volkswagen Group is adding another 292,000 Porsche and Audi vehicles to an earlier recall relating to a fuel pump defect that could result in fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an alert concerning specific models of the Porsche Macan, Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 sport-utility vehicles. The problem stems from a flaw in the fuel pump […] More…

Advancements in Tech Makes More Wrecked Vehicles too Expensive to Repair

by on 8 May 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Safety enhancements are, undoubtedly, a good thing. People are walking away from wrecks that would have been fatal a few decades earlier and crash avoidance systems can keep inattentive drivers out of trouble altogether. The downside is that these features have made vehicles more expensive to purchase and repair. Bob Tschippert, the senior vice president […] More…

Audi Collaborator Delphi Gets Spinoff with a Focus on Autonomy and EVs

by on 4 May 2017 in Boutique Brands Fourtitude News

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Automotive supplier Delphi announced plans on Wednesday to spin off all operations tied to internal combustion engines and focus solely on electric propulsion and autonomous vehicles. The move boosted share prices while underscoring the problems facing the industry’s old guard. That’s not to suggest that internal combustion engines are going to vanish anytime soon, but the investors […] More…

Bentley is Considering an All-Electric Baby Bentayga

by on 28 February 2017 in Boutique Brands Fourtitude News

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If you were wondering if the Volkswagen-owned Bentley Motors Limited would be omitted from its parent company’s promise of rampant electrification, it won’t. Bentley also isn’t too high and mighty to hop onto the compact crossover bandwagon. Executives are saying that the luxury motorcar manufacturer is toying with the notion of producing a small all-electric SUV positioned beneath the $229,100 Bentayga, in […] More…

Walmart Set to Begin Selling Cars

by on 25 January 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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With the exception of funeral services and stylish clothing, practically anything can be purchased at your local Walmart. That list now includes automobiles. North America’s largest retailer is edging is way into automotive sales with the help of the nation’s largest new-car dealership franchise, AutoNation. Launching in April, Walmart’s CarSaver program will make it the […] More…

Some Owners are Stripping their TDIs Before Handing them Over to VW

by on 15 December 2016 in Audi News Fourtitude News

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Volkswagen and Audi have begun buying back the thousands of 2.0-liter diesel cars involved in its emissions cheating scandal. The automaker’s deal requires the company to offer buybacks to the 475,000 affected owners, but does not carefully outline what condition those returned vehicles have to be in. Some owners are taking that inch for the full mile and […] More…

Here’s What California Wants Volkswagen to Do with Its Penalty Cash

by on 2 December 2016 in Audi News Fourtitude News

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The California regulator that played an important part in uncovering Volkswagen Group’s emissions cheating plot detailed a list of options on how the automaker will be required to spend the $800 million penance by advancing green tech and nonpolluting cars. On Thursday, the CARB said Volkswagen’s choices for the mandatory investments to be made over the […] More…

The Average Road-going Vehicle is Now Older Than Ever

by on 23 November 2016 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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The life expectancy of the average automobile was only 6.75 years in 1930. It is almost double that now and shows no signs of stopping. As cars and trucks have continued to become longer lived, the number of operational vehicles in the United States hit a record high this year. Despite the automotive genocide that […] More…

Audi Planning a Driver’s Crossover With Lively Rear End

by on 19 October 2016 in Audi News Fourtitude News

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Until now, the formula for most “sporting” crossovers was simple: make north of 300 horsepower and ensure the suspension can get a two-ton vehicle around a corner without drama. That status quo may be changing, as Autocar reports that Audi is putting the finishing touches on an SQ5 focused specifically on creating a little drama in those […] More…