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Scott: We really hope Silvercar isn’t brought down along with Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, arrested today for his part in systematically cheating the US Clean Air Act by rigging software that tested for diesel emissions over the past decade.
Silvercar is the car rental company that only rents Audi vehicles. It’s owned by Audi. The Million Mile Secrets team has had positive experiences with Silvercar. We really like the clear pricing, fast service, fast cars, free Wi-Fi, GPS, and Sirius XM radio.
Smoke and (Rear View) Mirrors
When US environmental regulations tightened up, Volkswagen cleaned up their act — except they really didn’t. It was a lie.
Audi is part of the Volkswagen group. In 2015, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned amid “DieselGate.” And Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been a VW Group Boardmember since 2010.
Instead of being fired since the scandal came to light, he’s been promoted. All are innocent until proven guilty, but after a raid of his apartment in Munich, it doesn’t look good.
Even if you’re the type of person who doesn’t care about polluting the air that our children breathe, the cheating, cover-up, lies, and acceptance of tax breaks and awards gave the German manufacturer advantages over other car makers.
Audi USA has since discontinued using their slogan “Truth in Engineering.”
What Will Happen to Silvercar?
Will Audi’s leadership crisis disrupt Silvercar’s progress from its roots as a start-up company in Texas to where it is today — providing hassle-free car rentals across America?
If you’ve had a recent experience with Silvercar — good or bad — let us know in the comments!
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