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    • By William Maley
      Audi of America sets November sales record on SUV and A4 demand
      December 01, 2016 | HERNDON, Virginia
      Demand for Q7 SUV more than doubled; Q3 rose 45 percent A4 sedan increased 30 percent for the month Record sales streak continues for 71st consecutive month Audi of America reported a November sales increase of 2.5 percent to 17,118 vehicles, as the Q7, Q3 and A4 continued to lead the volume gains.
      It was Audi of America’s best November and its 71st straight month of record sales. The previous November record was set last year with 16,700 deliveries. Year-to-date sales have risen 2.9 percent to 187,018 vehicles despite a tightening premium market.
      November results were bolstered by demand for SUV models. Total SUV sales for the brand increased 22 percent over last November and 17 percent year-to-date. The Q5 was the volume leader with 4,187 vehicles sold. Sales of the Q3 rose 45 percent over last year to 1,613 vehicles. Q7 sales more than doubled with a 104 percent increase from last November to 2,605 vehicles.
      Demand for the A4 sedan remained robust with sales of 3,143 vehicles, a 30 percent increase for the month and a 19 percent increase year-to-date, notwithstanding a stagnant sedan market in the U.S.
      The A3 Sportback e-tron had its best sales month ever with 394 deliveries in November and 3,691 vehicles sold year-to-date.
      “On the heels of a successful November, we are on pace to achieve our seventh consecutive record sales year,” said Mark Del Rosso, chief operating officer, Audi of America. “We are confident that our momentum will continue in 2017, which promises to be one of the biggest launch years in Audi of America history.”
      AUDI US SNAPSHOT
      --MTD--
      --YTD--
      Model Line
      Nov '16 Actual
      Nov '15 Actual
      Yr/Yr % change
      Nov '16 YTD  Actual
      Nov '15 YTD Actual
      Yr/Yr % change
      A3
      2,063
      3,028
      -31.9%
      28,634
      32,732
      -12.5%
      A4
      3,143
      2,418
      30.0%
      30,678
      25,841
      18.7%
      A5
      482
      1,277
      -62.3%
      7,763
      11,934
      -35.0%
      A6
      1,532
      1,582
      -3.2%
      16,670
      20,394
      -18.3%
      A7
      576
      636
      -9.4%
      5,747
      6,880
      -16.5%
      A8
      343
      364
      -5.8%
      3,648
      4,566
      -20.1%
      allroad
      271
      301
      -10.0%
      1,989
      2,564
      -22.4%
      Q5
      4,187
      4,520
      -7.4%
      43,154
      45,949
      -6.1%
      Q7
      2,605
      1,279
      103.7%
      27,288
      17,806
      53.3%
      Q3
      1,613
      1,109
      45.4%
      18,001
      11,728
      53.5%
      R8
      63
      10
      530.0%
      654
      480
      36.3%
      TT
      240
      176
      36.4%
      2,792
      929
      200.5%
      Total Audi Sales
      17,118
      16,700
      2.5%
      187,018
      181,803
      2.9%
      Total CPO Sales
      3,705
      3,494
      6.0%
      41,923
      44,322
      -5.4%
       
    • By William Maley
      There is some possible good news for owners of Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models equipped with the 3.0L TDI V6. Bloomberg has learned from sources that Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators have reached an agreement on fixing and buying back vehicles with this engine.
      The agreement gives Volkswagen the go-ahead to fix 60,000 vehicles with a software update, while the remaining 20,000 vehicles will need to be bought back because they would be too complex to fix. Avoiding the buyback of all 80,000 vehicles involved in this scandal will save Volkswagen about $4 billion.
      "The Court has scheduled a status conference for November 30, 2016 to discuss the matter further. Until that time the Court has ordered that these discussions remain confidential," said Mark Clothier, an Audi spokesman, via email to Roadshow.
      Aside from the court, Volkswagen still needs to reach agreements with owners of the 3.0L TDI V6 who have filed suit against the company and the Federal Trade Commission, which has sued Volkswagen for false advertising. Both groups are demanding that Volkswagen offer the buyback option to all owners.
      Source: Bloomberg, Roadshow

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    • By William Maley
      There is some possible good news for owners of Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models equipped with the 3.0L TDI V6. Bloomberg has learned from sources that Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators have reached an agreement on fixing and buying back vehicles with this engine.
      The agreement gives Volkswagen the go-ahead to fix 60,000 vehicles with a software update, while the remaining 20,000 vehicles will need to be bought back because they would be too complex to fix. Avoiding the buyback of all 80,000 vehicles involved in this scandal will save Volkswagen about $4 billion.
      "The Court has scheduled a status conference for November 30, 2016 to discuss the matter further. Until that time the Court has ordered that these discussions remain confidential," said Mark Clothier, an Audi spokesman, via email to Roadshow.
      Aside from the court, Volkswagen still needs to reach agreements with owners of the 3.0L TDI V6 who have filed suit against the company and the Federal Trade Commission, which has sued Volkswagen for false advertising. Both groups are demanding that Volkswagen offer the buyback option to all owners.
      Source: Bloomberg, Roadshow
    • By William Maley
      A week after news broke that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) found a cheat in some Audi models equipped with automatic transmissions, Volkswagen has come clean on it.
      Reuters reports that Volkswagen issued a statement to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung due to a report done by the paper about the cheat. According to a confidential document obtained by the paper, the software controlling the transmission would quicken shifts and in a way that lowered emissions of CO2 as well as nitric oxides if it detected it was being tested.
      "Adaptive shift programs can lead to incorrect and non-reproducible results" when the cars are tested, the company said in an email.
      "Audi has explained the technical backgrounds of adaptive shift programs to the Federal Motor Vehicle Authority KBA and has made available technical information."
      Volkswagen argues that adaptive shift programs can save fuel due to how a person drives. Drive a vehicle gently and the transmission will shift earlier, producing lower revs. Drive it like a madman and the transmission will hold on to gears longer, resulting in more fuel being used due to higher engine revs. The issue at hand is the programming of the software was specifically developed to detect emission testing -  if the steering wheel did not turn more than 15 degrees, the cheat would activate.
      The EPA has opened an investigation into this software and will be speaking with senior engineers about this next week. Not surprisingly, Audi. Volkswagen, and the EPA declined to comment. 
      Source: Reuters

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    • By William Maley
      A week after news broke that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) found a cheat in some Audi models equipped with automatic transmissions, Volkswagen has come clean on it.
      Reuters reports that Volkswagen issued a statement to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung due to a report done by the paper about the cheat. According to a confidential document obtained by the paper, the software controlling the transmission would quicken shifts and in a way that lowered emissions of CO2 as well as nitric oxides if it detected it was being tested.
      "Adaptive shift programs can lead to incorrect and non-reproducible results" when the cars are tested, the company said in an email.
      "Audi has explained the technical backgrounds of adaptive shift programs to the Federal Motor Vehicle Authority KBA and has made available technical information."
      Volkswagen argues that adaptive shift programs can save fuel due to how a person drives. Drive a vehicle gently and the transmission will shift earlier, producing lower revs. Drive it like a madman and the transmission will hold on to gears longer, resulting in more fuel being used due to higher engine revs. The issue at hand is the programming of the software was specifically developed to detect emission testing -  if the steering wheel did not turn more than 15 degrees, the cheat would activate.
      The EPA has opened an investigation into this software and will be speaking with senior engineers about this next week. Not surprisingly, Audi. Volkswagen, and the EPA declined to comment. 
      Source: Reuters
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