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There is a new diesel emissions cheating scandal

There is a new diesel emissions cheating scandal

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Toyota’s trucking unit says it cheated, Tesla is talking about video games again, and General Motors. All that and more in morning shift On March 8, 2022.

First gear: Hino

I was busy walking the picket line last week, So I wasn’t aware that we had another diesel emissions cheating scandal, this time involving Hino, a subsidiary of Toyota, which said Friday that it was cheated and its shares later fell off a cliff.

From financial times:

Shares of Toyota truck maker Hino Co. suffered their biggest one-day drop in more than two decades on Monday, plummeting 16.8 percent in the first trading session since the company admitted it falsified emissions data.

Hino said Friday that it falsified diesel engine performance and fuel economy data for some of its Japan-made vehicles. On Monday, the Transportation Ministry inspected the company’s headquarters in Tokyo and said it planned to open an investigation.

The company, which had sold more than 115,000 trucks and buses with false data as of February, said it was suspending sales of new engines and vehicles in Japan.


Hino cheated in tests because there was “pressure to achieve numerical goals and stick to timelines,” according to company president Satoshi Ogisu at a press conference on Friday. One of the ways Hino cheated was to replace the purification equipment during an emissions assessment test.

The data tampering was discovered during a company investigation into pre-shipment inspections of cars sold in Japan, after they failed to comply with US regulations for their vehicles sold in North America.

Volkswagen hasn’t really recovered from Diesel emissions cheating scandalthat was Once upon a time the biggest story in the world of cars and And that’s partly why Volkswagen is going It is very difficult now for electricity. It seems that this will be less important, if only because diesel engines are not as prevalent as before, and who really cares about Hino trucks. Anyway, cheating is bad.

Second gear: GM will have some kind of new premium brand in China

China is the world’s largest auto market, and thus a hot ticket for any auto maker worth their salt. According to ReutersGM wants to make a new luxury brand, maybe even a luxury brand, in addition to Buick and Cadillac, both of which do big business in China already.

General Motors plans to create a new premium brand in China to market what the Chinese automaker’s president Julian Blissit recently described as “halo cars” it brought from the United States.

GM said in a statement Tuesday that GM plans to build the new “premium import business” from the ground up and operate it “with a high level of independence.”

“We invite talents from across the industry to join us and create our new business together in China,” she said.

The US automaker released the statement after several Chinese media reported this week about the new wholly-owned brand.

According to a GM spokesperson in Shanghai, Plessit told Chinese media on Friday that the new premium brand will specialize in selling upscale GM vehicles not currently available in China through its existing brands. These brands include Wuling, Baojun, Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac, all of which are owned and operated with Chinese joint venture partners.

Third gear: GM also has some new partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric

It’s a test of how GM’s electric vehicles can power homes in California, because I think that’s the future.

From Detroit Free Press:

The pilot program starts this summer. In it, companies will test two-way charging technology to see if it can safely operate the basic needs of a properly equipped home.

Two-way charging allows electric vehicles to receive power from the grid to charge the car and send power from the car to power a home, business or other vehicle, or even back to the grid, said Phil Linert, a GM spokesman.

“Imagine a future where everyone drives an electric vehicle — and where EV serves as a backup power option in the home and more broadly as a grid resource,” PG&E CEO Patti Pope said in a statement. “Not only is this a major advance in electrical reliability and climate resilience, but it is also another advantage of clean energy electric vehicles.”

In an interview on CNBC Tuesday morning, Bob said she and Barra had worked together for 15 years at GM and that “Mary has been a very important teacher to me. I called Mary and told her we had a safety issue in California with wildfires. Mary responded to my call. “.

It’s great and certainly practical that electric cars will be able to power other things, something ICEs probably should have done for years after charging your phone.

Fourth gear: Tesla responds to this video game nonsense

Remember that the whole quarrel is about letting Tesla drivers Play video games while the car is in motion? Well, procedurally at least, it’s still an issue with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Auto News says that Tesla has now made a partial response to NHTSA.

Tesla A company has provided a partial response to an NHTSA information request in an investigation into the electric car maker’s decision to allow video games to be played on its infotainment systems while its vehicles are in motion.

The NHTSA said Tesla’s response “has been received and is being reviewed,” according to a March 7 note Posted Tuesday on the agency’s website.

Tesla requested “processing of confidential business information for the entirety of the information request submission,” the memo said.


In January, the NHTSA sent Tesla a letter requesting more information to help its investigation, including any complaints from consumers; Reports relating to an accident, injury or death; and lawsuits that may relate to the feature.

The agency also asked Tesla to provide a timeline of events and studies supporting its decision to publish and then scrap the in-vehicle gaming capability.

Tesla needed to respond by March 4, or else it could face civil penalties of nearly $115 million.

Tesla’s feuds with the NHTSA have been kind of cool through the various presidential administrations, albeit also somewhat predictable. Under the Trump administration, the NHTSA couldn’t really be bothered, but under Biden, the NHTSA seems to have woken up.

Fifth gear: Tesla sold a lot of cars made in China last month

Tesla’s operation in China is still going well. It’s no surprise why the Elon is a favorite among the Tesla factories. Its competitors are also far behind there.

From Reuters:

The China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said Tuesday that US electric car maker Tesla sold 56,515 Chinese-made cars in February, including 33,315 for export.

Tesla, which has built Model 3 sedans and Model Y sports cars in Shanghai since 2019, sold 59,845 Chinese-made vehicles in January.

Chinese manufacturer Nio Inc delivered NEV 6,131 vehicles in February, up 9.9% year over year. Li Auto delivered 8414 and Xpeng Inc (9868.HK) delivered 6,225 vehicles, year-on-year increases of 265.8% and 180%, respectively.

Rear: Type 2

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