Which model is missing from the new 2018 VW Atlas seven-seat SUV lineup—and what are we waiting for to replace it?

What poses a huge threat to the global oil industry, in one financial firm's opinion?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Friday, we revealed photos and details of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, the company's new, U.S.-built three-row, seven-seat SUV.

Its high-mileage version was supposed to be a diesel, but we know what happened to that plan. So, we asked, when will we see the plug-in hybrid version (sans diesel) that VW teased at multiple auto shows?

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

On Thursday, we posted a video road test of the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV, the first mass-priced electric car with a range of 200 miles or more.

That article proved to be exceptionally popular, racking up tens of thousands of views over its first 24 hours.

Wednesday, we marked the signing of the final VW diesel settlement pact, which will allow buyback offers to be issued to owners of 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder TDI cars within weeks.

We had earlier published an opinion piece saying why some owners feel VW should refund the full retail price paid for its diesel cars, rather than a buyback sum based on the used-car value.

Part of the settlement involved VW committing $2 billion to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure, and we delved into concerns over how that money will be spent.

Meanwhile, owners of 3.0-liter V-6 diesel cars from Audi, Porsche, and VW continue to wait. However, Audi Q7 TDI SUVs may have to be bought back, according to a German paper.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e plug-in hybrid, San Francisco, March 2015

2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350e plug-in hybrid, San Francisco, March 2015

And in a sign of just how tough the EPA certification for diesel vehicles has become, Mercedes canceled its C300d sedan before it even went on sale in the U.S. (A C350e plug-in hybrid is coming by the end of this year.)

On Tuesday, we explained why the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is a nominee for our Green Car Reports 2017 Best Car To Buy award.

It's competing against two other green vehicles: the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the 2017 Tesla Model X. May the best car win!

We kicked off the week on Monday with the newly-issued range rating of the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, which the EPA says is 366 miles.

That beats the Toyota Mirai's 312 miles, and the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell's 265 miles—and gives the upcoming Clarity Fuel Cell the longest range of any zero-emission vehicle sold in the U.S.

Concorde (photo by Arpingstone, via Wikimedia Commons)

Concorde (photo by Arpingstone, via Wikimedia Commons)

Over the weekend, we looked further into the future: how about an all-electric supersonic airplane?

Finally, this week we also covered a report by a leading credit agency that suggests electric cars pose a profound threat to the global oil industry.

Those were our main stories this week; we'll see you again next week. Until then, this has been the Green Car Reports Week in Reverse update.


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