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Auto News For Monday, October 5, 2015 – Could Volkswagen’s Existence Truly Be Threatened?

2015 Ariel Nomad

Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews and videos for Monday, October 5, 2015.

As analysts learn more and more about Volkswagen’s forthcoming difficulties and dig deeper into Volkswagen’s current financial situation, some wonder whether Volkswagen will have enough money to cover the costs. Is it any wonder, with Volkswagen’s new chairman acknowledging that the diesel scandal threatens the company’s survival?

Not only are Americans buying and leasing more new vehicles, they’re paying more money for those new vehicles. Indeed, some automakers are even running low on inventory. 

Toyota is recalling 423,456 RAV4s from model years 2009-2012 because,”water may drip onto the joint that connects the wiper linkage to the wiper motor.”

American Honda is recalling 143,676 Civics (model years 2014 and 2015) and Fits (model year 2015) with continuously variable transmissions because, “The software settings that control the transmission operation may result in damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft.” 

GCBC compiled all the numbers last Thursday, and then GCBC’s founder and editor described on TTAC how it was that Volkswagen actually managed to post a technical sales increase in the United States in September. 

“It’s absolutely exhausting,” CAR’s Chris Chilton says of the Ariel Nomad. “But,” writes Chilton, “it is still laugh-out-loud hilarious to drive.”

So the Ariel Nomad is a crazy car, but what’s it like to watch the Atom’s sibling in action? Drive pits the Ariel against a Suzuki dirtbike on dirt.