AutoComplete for July 14, 2016: Dieselgate just got more complicated, againVW might have more problems ahead for its Dieselgate fixes, and GM is liable for some big, big lawsuits.
Welcome to Road Show's Auto Complete, I'm Tim Stevens, today is Thursday, July 14th, and here's what's making news. Volkswagen had high hopes that its 3.0-liter diesels could be fixed in the US, but that may not be the case. The California air resources board rejected VW's proposal to fix its 3.0-liter diesel engines, which contains software the feds didn't know about during initial certification. In the event a fix cannot be found, we may be stuck with a costly buy back scheme, similar to the one on the two liter models. GM has long argued that it should be protected from lawsuits over its defective ignition switches as the issue stem from its pre-bankruptcy days. That argument just got smacked down by the second U,S. Circuit Court of Appeals which ruled that putting the kibosh on those suits violates the plaintiffs' Constitutional right to due process. If that ruling holds, new GM could be liable for everything old GM did which could cost the company billions. Tech shows like CES are increasingly about the auto industry, and auto shows are finally waking up to that fact. To that end the LA ownership has created GO, an area devoted specifically to new methods of personal mobility. If you're into electric scooters, skateboards or whatever Honda's UNI-CUB is, this will be right up your alley. [UNKNOWN] will be open during press days and it will stay open through the show's public days in late November. Major changes to chastity and sheet medal used to signal a new generation of a particular model but Ford's 2017 Escape feels like a whole new car with just engine and tech changes. Sometimes it's the little things. This is more than your average mid cycle refresh. You can find out why at our latest review at theroadshow.com. We'll talk to you tomorrow.