EPA REACTS TO VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS SCANDAL
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to overhaul its emissions tests in wake of the revelation Volkswagen cheated the system by rigging software in its diesel vehicles to make them perform better during testing. According to the Wall Street Journal, the new tests would be designed to detect the types of software Volkswagen used to fake the results.
An official says the EPA may test or require testing of vehicles in an environment that would resemble normal driving conditions, which is not how testing is currently done. Right now, EPA tests don’t take place in real-world driving conditions. Even random testing is done in a controlled environment and Volkswagen’s software was designed to cheat those tests. The automaker managed to do it for seven years – that’s all the way back to at least 2008. What the software did was disable emissions controls under normal driving conditions. They only worked during testing.
For information on what to do if you’re a VW diesel owner check out Jerry’s advice here.
NISSAN UNVEILS 2016 ALTIMA
Nissan’s new 2016 Altima is here and the midsize sedan is joining its Maxima sibling in the sleeker styling department. Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn unveiled the new 2016 Nissan Altima in New York City Tuesday. The biggest things to note, aside from the new design language we also saw in the 2016 Maxima, are that some models get 39 miles to the gallon and the Altima also comes in a new sports SR trim level with a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
“As the best-selling vehicle in the Nissan lineup, it’s important that Altima exemplifies ‘Nissan-ness’ inside and out,” said Executive Design Director Mamoru Aoki. “With its fresh new look, aggressive SR model and strong connection to our all-new Murano and Maxima, the new Altima continues to stand out in a very competitive marketplace.”
A new sportier Altima SR trim includes blue sport interior accents on the steering wheel, door panels and seats – to contrast the Charcoal interior color. The SR also features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, paddle shifters, and leather-wrapped gear shifter.
The new Altima goes on sale this fall.