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VW, Audi and Porsche V6 diesel engines also have emissions-cheating software




An estimated 10,000 additional cars in the U.S. were also outfitted with emissions-cheating software, according to new revelations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Monday served the VW Group with a violation notice for its 3.0-liter V6 TDI diesel engines. New testing has revealed these engines produce as much as nine times the legal limit of tailpipe pollutants.

According to the EPA, the VW Group’s larger 3.0-liter diesel models are also fitted with similar emissions test-cheating “defeat device” software that VW admitted was on its smaller 2.0-liter TDI engines for 2009 to 2015 model years. Read more…

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Facebook Users Help Design Special Version Of Porsche 911 Carrera 4S


Most Facebook users will never experience ownership of a Porsche, but some of the automaker’s more than 5.8 million fans on the social network were able to help design a special version of the 911 Carrera 4S, and one lucky fan and a friend will have the chance to actually drive the car at the Porsche Experience Center in the U.K.

Mashable reported on the initiative, which began when Porsche asked its Facebook fans to choose an exterior color for the vehicle, resulting in some 16,000 likes and 1,200 comments, along with the choice of Aquablue Metallic.

The automaker solicited the opinions of its fans on other components of the car in the following weeks, including its wheels, exterior package, and interior color, and the final product was revealed in a photo gallery on Facebook earlier this month, closely followed by another gallery offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the vehicle.

Porsche is not done, however, as Mashable reported that clicking the 5 million tab on its Facebook page will allow fans to enter a contest, in which the Facebook user with the most friends who are also fans of the automaker’s page will win the trip to drive the car. The contest ends Sunday (Aug. 18).

Mashable also noted that there is another option for those who can’t afford the nearly $ 106,000 price tag of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S: 1:43 version models of the Facebook fan car are available via its online store for the paltry sum of $ 70.

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