Reminder of all new VW Golf MK8s in Europe

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If I were an American VW Golf owner, I would keep an eye on this one. All this and more in The morning shift by December 16, 2021.

1st gear:?

The problem is slow, glitchy software affecting the infotainment and the MK8 Golf keys apparently like Auto Motor und Sport reports:

From the start of sales in December 2019 to November 2021, around 220,000 Golf 8s have been delivered in Germany alone. From the start, there were significant software issues that continue to this day, as current research from Auto Motor und Sport shows. As readers report, car keys are not recognized, assistance systems respond incorrectly or fail, emergency braking is triggered without emergency, app and car show different mileage, recognition traffic signs detects signs that are not there, sometimes the entertainment system fails completely. Owners fear significant losses in value from the first production Golf 8, which could lead to problems with leased vehicles with residual values. The first one the software update took place in early 2021 the worst problems of 56,000 vehicles eliminated, with the new update VW wants to repair all construction sites.

AMuS is a bit deferential to VW here, so let’s take the word out of Der Spiegel:

Due to persistent software issues with the Golf 8, Volkswagen calls all vehicles of the new model to the workshops. A major software update is expected to be installed there to improve applications such as navigation and voice control, a company spokesperson said.

The eighth generation Golf has been on the market since December 2019. Since then, around 220,000 vehicles have been sold in Germany – that their owners are now supposed to drive to the workshop. The update will be rolled out across Europe. VW initially did not provide any information on the total number of cars affected.

So far, there is no indication that this is hitting the United States, but I would keep an eye out.

2nd Gear: Rivian plans $ 5 billion plant in Georgia bigger than Kia

Kia is currently Georgia’s largest automaker, but Rivian could overtake it, if he follows up on a new plan, such as Associated press reports:

Electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive will announce Thursday it is building a $ 5 billion battery and assembly plant east of Atlanta that is expected to employ 7,500 workers, informed sources told The Associated Press. of the decision.

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The plant could reach up to 10,000 workers, sources said, making it one of the largest auto assembly complexes in the United States, rivaled by giants such as the 11,000-worker BMW complex in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Ford Motor Co.’s 8,600 worker plant. in Louisville, Kentucky

Rivian will be the largest industrial ad in Georgian history, overtaking the 4,400-worker Kia complex that opened at West Point in 2009. Georgia has seen a number of auto factory recruiting failures . Rivian will give Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp another point to bolster his claims that he has been an excellent steward of the Georgian economy, even in the face of Republican and Democratic challengers when he runs for reelection next year.

It’s nice to see an American company go into American production, but there is something fishy beneath the surface here. (That’s because Rivian is dodging unionization.) FROM AP:

Founder and CEO Robert Scaringe told Bloomberg Television in November that the ability to recruit good workers was the biggest factor in the decision. Rivian’s existing plant in Normal, Ill., Like most auto factories that have opened in recent decades, is not unionized.

3rd gear: Canoo ends overseas production deal and moves to Oklahoma, Arkansas

Meanwhile, Canoo, the box-on-wheels EV start-up, is ending its production contract with VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands and says it will double its US plans as well. From Reuters:

The Arkansas-based company said the shift from using VDL Nedcar overseas to factories it is building in northwest Arkansas and Pryor, Oklahoma was done to reduce vulnerabilities in the supply chain and overseas shipping costs, and increase the speed to market for its vehicles.

“The initiatives announced today are another step in implementing our strategy to reduce risk and increase certainty,” Chief Executive Officer Tony Aquila said in a statement. “We have concluded that building in America is better aligned with our mission.”

Canoo said that the start of production in Oklahoma remains on track for the end of 2023, but that he also now plans to start building electric vehicles in Arkansas next year, instead of using the VDL Nedcar factory.

4th gear: Audi recalls Q5s for water leak in the computer under the rear seats

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to put things. Which window in your home provides the best light for a plant? Which section of a shelf should be non-fiction and which should be memoirs? Where to put a control computer in a car? Maybe store it under the back seats? Not much is happening there.

Except for the water, I guess. From Detroit News:

Volkswagen’s luxury brand Audi is recalling 289,000 SUVs in the United States because water can enter a control computer under the rear seats.

The recall covers certain 2021 and 2022 Q5 and SQ5 Sportback models and certain 2018 to 2022 Q5 and SQ5 models.

The company says in documents released by U.S. safety regulators that water can enter the computer through liquid spilled in the backseat or through a leaky body seam. This can cause the computer to shut down and reduce engine power, increasing the risk of an accident.

5th gear: Stellantis claims Jeep factory air is now safe

Stellantis claims he measured the air around his Jeep factory in Detroit and it’s okay now, thanks everyone for complaining. I can’t say I trust him completely, given that he’s been dragged into this mess because of complaints from neighbors, but here we are. From Detroit News:

Data from the air monitoring system installed at Jeep’s new assembly plant in Detroit shows emissions of potentially harmful chemicals below federal and state standards, said the brand’s parent company, which has said she would share the data with the public on a quarterly basis.

“The data shows the air quality zone is safe,” Al Johnston of Stellantis Corporate Environmental Programs said Wednesday at a virtual community meeting.

Stellantis NV will share the data collected in its “quarterly”Stellantis4Detroit” newscast. Previously, information was shared quarterly with the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, but a resident had to make a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain this information from the agency.

I really wouldn’t want to live next to a car factory.

Reverse: It’s a sinister:

This description of the crash itself is included:

One hundred and twenty-eight people were in the two planes. Eleven-year-old passenger Stephen Baltz described the scene: “It looked like a picture from a fairy book. Then all of a sudden there was an explosion. The plane started to fall and people started to scream. I clung to my seat and then the plane crashed. Baltz initially survived the crash, but died of his injuries the following afternoon. Everyone else on the planes also died.

Neutral: how are you?

As I finished my last Project Bike Hell, I found a absolutely decrepit bike that needs to be saved. I don’t have room for so many orphans.

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