There has been a certain slowing in new vehicle sales in Canada in recent months, but the trend has been sharply accentuated in October as the number of units sold dropped by more than 18.4 % compared to last year.
In total, more than 133,000 vehicles were sold in Canada, compared with 163,100 in October 2015. While there is usually a tendency to point out passenger vehicles for these declines, still testing with a drop of 8.8% to 49,342, light trucks were also affected by the slowdown, with light truck sales down 3.7% to 83,700 units sold.
However, we must be cautious with this data, which is incomplete, since Ford was forced to postpone the announcement of its sales figures for the month of October due to a violent fire that broke out at its head office during last hours. If we add up to 20,000 units traditionally sold by the American manufacturer the fall in the market is much smaller.
Some companies did well when they did. BMW (21.4%), Acura (12.1%) and Audi (10%), the three largest increases in the market. the more marginal sales companies Maserati (Maserati with 73 vehicles and Jaguar with 316 units, an increase of 295%).
Subaru also did well with 9% increase, and Volvo with 7%. Others, however, had a more difficult month. Despite an impressive total of 19,527 vehicles sold, FCA saw a drop of 12.9% while General Motors, despite sales of 21,219, fell by 8.8%. Hyundai (-13.8%), Volkswagen (-11.1%) and Toyota (-7.4%) also had their share of difficulties.
Audi would be forced to buy its Q7 diesel
The diesel scandal is far from over for the Volkswagen Group. As we know, in the United States, an agreement is about to be ratified by the California court concerning a settlement between owners of Volkswagen TDI cars equipped with the 2.0-liter engine and the manufacturer.
Canadians are still unaware of the kind of deal that will affect them, but it’s a safe bet that the details will be similar to those in the United States. It seems however that in the case of Audi, things are a little more complex. The affected vehicles, Audi Q7s sold between 2009 and 2015 and equipped with the 3.0 liter diesel engine, are currently deemed irreparable.
In fact, initially, the Volkswagen Group felt that solving this problem would be uncomplicated. However, twice the US court refused the proposed technical solution to repair these vehicles. It seems that the problem is more complex than a simple software update. If no technical solution was found, Audi would be forced to buy some 25,000 vehicles in North America alone. However, according to the terms of the prior agreement, each of these vehicles would have an estimated value of $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 US. The buyback would therefore add an approximate US $ 1 billion expense to the expenses already incurred by the Volkswagen Group.
Audi will launch, among others, an electric limousine
The German manufacturer Audi has decided to focus on electrification. But for the moment, no 100% electric model is available in the range. However, it seems that it is only a question of time since at least four models should appear in a few years in the family. Of the number, the Audi R8, the sports, whose electric version was confirmed last year without official date of sale. The Audi Q6 utility should also make its appearance, and probably be the first fully electric vehicle of the builder rings.
But these are the two new projects that are attracting attention, and which have been confirmed by Audi’s boss Ruper Stadler in the British media Autocar. The first would be an all-electric version of the Audi A3 e-tron whose current generation is a plug-in hybrid.
The second, and perhaps the most spectacular, is the launch of a limousine outdoor car cover based on the Audi A8. Supposedly called A9, it should take over the electric motorization of Q6 e-tron and its batteries of 95 kWh. This system should allow both models to display a power of 500 horsepower and a range of 500 km, ahead of the Tesla Model S and Model X. It is also said that the Audi A9 will be equipped with a new generation autonomous driving system, able to be functional in all conditions and all types of road. For the moment, however, no launch date is available.
Volkswagen diesel engines: a solution before October 24 for 3.0 liters
A US judge has imposed a deadline for Volkswagen to find a solution for the correction of the problems of TDI engines 3.0 liters, also affected by the rigged software of the German manufacturer.
In the absence of a solution approved by Judge Breyer, Volkswagen could face a new trial as early as next summer. Recall that it was this same judge Charles Breyer, of the district court of northern California, who had heard the first case involving VW TDI 4-cylinder engines.
The lawsuit resulted in compensation of $ 14.7 billion, divided between affected vehicle owners and certain environmental research and development programs. In this case, 410,000 vehicles were affected.
There remains, however, some 80,000 TDI V6 3.0 liters that equip, in particular, the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 diesel.
“Volkswagen still believes that it can repair vehicles without affecting their performance,” said group lawyer Robert Giuffra. He estimated that by 4 November he could submit to the authorities all the necessary documents to prove that part of the 3.0-liter motor vehicles was serviceable, ensuring that this could then serve as a “model” for the remaining cars. Recall that, in Canada, hearings for the dieselgate are still not completed, and that it is not until next November that the court will approve, or not, the plan proposed by Volkswagen Canada, unless an accepted solution by all parties involved, including Transport Canada, be found by that time.