VW Group settles lawsuit surrounding alleged fuel economy overstatement

first_img Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better VW will update fuel economy labels for affected cars. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Owners of certain Volkswagen Group models are in for a payday, if a modest one. VW Group of America said on Friday it’s reached a settlement with plaintiffs over a lawsuit that alleged VW knowingly overstated fuel economy in a selection of vehicles.The settlement is worth $96.5 million and does not include an admission of guilt from Volkswagen. The automaker will also adjust fuel economy figures for 98,000 vehicles sold between 2013 and 2017 by 1 mile per gallon to reflect US labeling requirements.Owners and lessees will be paid from the settlement fund to reimburse them for extra money spent on fuel based on the allegedly false fuel economy ratings. Payments will depend on length of ownership with a sum of $5.40 to $24.30 heading to owners for each month they owned or leased the vehicle. The figures are all still subject to court approval, however.Further, VW said it will adjust its Greenhouse Gas Credits with the EPA to remove any additional credits it gained from the fuel economy discrepancy. Eventually, owners will need to submit a claim, but the process to do so isn’t ready just yet.The EPA began investigating the gasoline-powered vehicles following VW’s 2015 diesel scandal. Testing by the California Air Resources Board and EPA found transmission software that caused the models to shift differently during government testing to post better fuel economy than in the real world. According to the EPA, the software was present on 1 million vehicles, but only the 98,000 cars were discovered with lower fuel economy. 1 Share your voice More From Roadshow Comment Review • 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit review: The best daily driver gets better 32 Photos 2:07center_img More about 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf: 5 things you need to know 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a bargain sport sedan Car Industrylast_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Karan Johars shocking revelation about Kareena Kapoor and her

first_imgOne friendship in B-town which has stood the test of time and can most certainly be called the strongest bond in the industry is the friendship between Karan Johar and Kajol. So, it was natural to see the incredible camaraderie KJo and Kajol share when the duo graced the Kapil Sharma Show as guests.KJo was at his candid best throughout the show as Kajol laughed incredibly hard at all the jokes and comments he made. While Kajol painted the town pink in her pink Zara pantsuit, KJo opted for his trademark printed jacket and statement glasses.In an interesting segment on the show, KJo was asked to assign cabinets to some of the stars of the industry. Johar assigned Health Ministry to Akshay Kumar calling him the fittest person in the industry and assigned the Ministry of Social Media to Varun Dhawan stating that he doesn’t let his PR team handle his social media and does it himself. He also cheekily added that he can make out that Varun manages his own account due to all the grammatical errors.However, as per a Mumbai Mirror report, the most interesting one was the Minister of Gossip Affairs, which Karan assigned to Kareena Kapoor. He added that Kareena calls up her PR team every morning to get the day’s gossip and then calls Karan to confirm them. He also added that if they feel that the gossip should be spread, they inform about it to Ranbir who then makes sure it is broadcasted.As per a DNA report, Kapil had been trying to bring Kajol and Karan together for a long time. But, owing to Karan’s busy schedule throughout the promotions of Kalank and Kajol’s vacation to Singapore the shoot unable to take place.last_img read more

DU teachers support quota reform but not attack on VC residence

first_imgDU teachers support quota reform, but not attack on VC residenceMembers of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association formed a human chain on the campus on Tuesday, protesting at the attack on Dhaka University vice-chancellor’s official residence.The association held the protest rally at the foot of Aparajeya Bangla of Dhaka University around noon, demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the attackers, reports UNB.However, the teachers of Dhaka University extended their moral support to the demand for quota reform.Dramatist Ramendu Majumdar, who too joined the human chain, said the students’ demand to reform the quota system is logical but the attack on the VC’s house is totally unwanted.The attack was pre-planned, he claimed.The DUTA leaders observed that university students are not behind the attack and the attack was carried out as part of a plot.Sadeka Halim, dean of the Social Sciences faculty, urged the authorities concerned to bring the attackers to book.The association also announced programme to wear black badges from 11am to 11:59am on 12 April suspending their academic activities including classes.The DUTA leaders invited journalists to come to the VC’s residence on Wednesday around 11:00am as they would show the video footage of the attack.The teachers assured the agitating students that they will request the prime minister top bring logical reform in the quota system.However, a section of general students continued their silent protest over the law enforcers’ attack on the agitating students, carrying placards, in front of the DUTA human chain.Different slogans including “Why were attacks in the campus”, “Why were students injured?”, “Teachers (our guardians), we want answer”, were written in the placards.Amid demonstrations in Shahbagh and adjacent areas early Monday seeking reform in the quota system, some unknown attackers entered the VC’s residence breaking its main gate and ransacked several rooms and furniture.The attackers also set fire on two vehicles parked inside the VC’s residence.last_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made One Simple Change to Help Him Avoid

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Phone addiction has become such a worldwide problem that even the Pope weighed in this month.Pope Francis warned a group of high schoolers about it during a meeting at their school in Rome, reports the Catholic magazine America. He told the teens to “please, free yourselves from your phone addiction,” explaining that “when the phone is a drug,” there’s a danger of “communication being reduced to simple ‘contacts.'”On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed.Cook was asked about how ordinary people are touching their phones thousands of time a day during an on-stage interview at the Time 100 Summit.He agreed that many kids may be using their phones too much, and that this was the impetus for Apple’s Screen Time reports, whichrolled out in early 2018.”It’s also the parents that are using it too much. We all are, or many of us are,” Cook said.When asked about one study that found people, on average, touch their cell phones 2,617 times per day, he joked, “Ah, well you shouldn’t be doing that.”He explained that the folks at Apple “don’t want people using their phones all the time. This is never been an objective for us,” and said constant phone usage is not Apple’s business model.That’s a subtle dig at the ad-supported apps of the world — like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat — that try to keep people coming back for more interaction with their apps, which helps them sell more ads.”It is clear that there are certain apps that people can get in the mindset of just scrolling through mindlessly and continuously picking up their phones and looking to see what is happening this second,” Cook said.He also echoed the Pope’s assessment about how phones hurt communication, too.He said one change people should make is this: stop paying attention to your phone instead of the people in the room with you.”Every time you pick up the phone, it means you are taking your eyes off the person you are dealing with. If you are looking at your phone more than you are looking at someone’s eyes? You are doing the wrong thing!” Cook said.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesGutting your notificationsCook said he learned that lesson personally by reading his own Apple Screen Time reports, which lead him to make another simple change that keeps him from being distracted by his phone thousands of times of day: He turned off app notifications.”What’s it’s done for me personally? I’ve gone and gutted the number of notifications, because I really asked myself, do I really need to be getting thousands of notifications a day?” Cook said. “It is not something that is adding value to my life or making me a better person. So I went in and chopped that.””I recommend you do this if you haven’t already,” he added.There are multiple ways to limit app notifications on an iPhone while still letting the device alert you to anything important. These include disabling notifications on each app through the “Notifications” tab in “Settings”; using “Do Not Disturb” both manually (while at dinner or the movies) and setting it up automatically (like at bedtime); and selectively earmarking contacts or email strings as VIPs, so you are alerted to their emails and don’t need to constantly check your phone for them. April 24, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more