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Daimler recall is a double-shot of “duh”

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The company now looks super-stupid thanks to its massive diesel recall.

  1. It’s basically admitting it tried to defraud regulators, just like fellow diesel weasels VW and FCA. Chalk up a another demerit for “clean” diesel tech, and for ICEs in general.
  2. And, of course, Daimler can’t fix anything with an elegant over-the-air update like you-know-who. It has to drag millions of customers into its service centers for software updates. It’s another free advertisement for Tesla.

So in one recall action, Daimler has doubly dumbed-down itself in the public mind. Then again, the public is so scandal-fatigued that nobody cares anymore. “They’re all scumbags.” A fitting dismissal.


Chrysler, Daimler the next diesel weasels?

  • Diesel Weasel TeslaMondoScandal fatigue has officially set in. So many automakers are lying and cheating that nobody is keeping score anymore. Hyundai is under investigation for delaying recalls. FCA is getting sued by the feds for stinking up the joint. Daimler is getting probed for the same.

It’s just automotive business as usual. This is why Tesla is thriving while Big Auto is sagging, and why more executive shakeups are on the way for sure. Just as fossil fuel isn’t a sustainable energy source, defrauding regulators and consumers isn’t a sustainable modus operandi.
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Prediction about diesel weasels comes true

Diesel Weasel TeslaMondoTeslaMondo predicted, on Sept. 26 of 2015, that the VW scandal would force other weasels from their holes:

“Meanwhile, TeslaMondo predicts other automakers will fess up to similar EPA-duping shenanigans, and soon. We’ve seen this with big recalls. One company issues a scary-sounding recall that generates press; others soon follow while attention is diverted. And so everyone’s dirty laundry tends to zing along the clothesline all at once. Doubtless VW is not alone in cheating the sniff test. And automakers also fudge gas mileage. Ask Hyundai and Ford. The NYT just wrote a pretty good history of automaker trickery. What a dirty business, trying to peddle machines that drink too much and fart too much.”

FCA isn’t exactly “fessing up.” Rather, it has been quietly submitting docs for a couple years during an EPA investigation. Apparently it decided not to utilize the delete button as much as VW did.

It’s interesting that VW had a great 2016 despite a steady drumbeat of news about its execs being dragged away from their desks. It’s clear that consumers expect scumminess in the auto world, from the dealerships all the way back to the factories.

So FCA is just another player using performance-enhancing drugs. Hey, everyone cheats. Surely our kids are picking up on this.