Will Tighter CAFE Rules Bring More Trucks, Fewer Small Cars?

Will Tighter CAFE Rules Bring More Trucks, Fewer Small Cars?

The entire auto industry was startled when Fiat Chrysler said two weeks ago it would end production of its Dodge Dart compact car and its Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. The company intends to use the plant capacity freed up to build more light trucks, meaning its popular crossover utilities and... read more

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Justice Department, EPA Sue VW Over Diesel Cheating, Billions In Penalties Possible

The U.S. government has now sued Volkswagen over its diesel-emissions cheating. At the request of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice... read more January 5, 2016 by

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Chrysler Conundrum: Truck Sales Mean Buying Emission-Credits From Tesla, Toyota, Honda

When it comes to fuel efficiency, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is among the lowest of all U.S. automakers. The company was at the bottom of the most recent Union of... read more December 23, 2015 by

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Budget Bill Cuts EPA Funding, But Keeps Clean Power Plan Intact

Late last week, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September. The negotiations lasted until... read more December 21, 2015 by

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VW's European Efficiency Issue: Only 'Slight Deviations' On 9 Cars

Volkswagen said two days ago that an issue involving potentially inaccurate reporting of carbon emissions in cars sold in Europe is "largely concluded." The problem--entirely... read more December 11, 2015 by

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Final 2016 Ethanol Rule: Fuel Blenders, Biofuels Interests Unhappy With EPA Numbers

Under the Renewable Fuel Standard passed in 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to set annual targets for amounts of ethanol to be blended with... read more December 2, 2015 by

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Volkswagen Proposes 2.0-Liter Diesel Fixes As Crisis Continues

Being a Volkswagen executive these days may be one of the more thankless jobs in the auto industry. Among groups including car buyers, business travelers, and environmental... read more November 25, 2015 by

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EPA Proposes To Cut Ethanol Requirement For Gasoline

In 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act, which includes a Renewable Fuel Standard requiring certain amounts of ethanol to be blended into the... read more November 20, 2015 by

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EPA Will Add On-Road Testing For Emissions Compliance

In the wake of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will expand on-road emissions testing to all diesel vehicles. The... read more November 13, 2015 by

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EPA's 'Top Fuel Sippers' Don't Use Fuel: They're Electric Cars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of top "fuel sippers," compiled from its fuel-economy ratings. But none of them actually use any fuel at all. That's... read more November 9, 2015 by

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Audi, Porsche, VW Diesel Stop-Sale Orders: More Cars Than EPA Named

Although VW headquarters in Germany came out swinging against the U.S. EPA's contention that its 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines contained illegal emission software, Porsche's... read more November 5, 2015 by

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More VW Emission 'Irregularities' As Investors Question Confrontation With EPA

Another day, another Volkswagen emission scandal? It's beginning to seem like it. The latest news is that VW Group in Germany has found "irregularities" in carbon-dioxide... read more November 4, 2015 by

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VW Diesel V-6 Engines Used By Audi, Porsche Have Cheat Software Too: EPA

Sometimes there's no substitute for having a reporter right at a press event--with a smartphone. David Shepardson, D.C. bureau chief for The Detroit News, attended a press... read more November 2, 2015 by

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U.S. Emission Tests Are Unrealistic, But European Testing Is Far Worse

The ongoing Volkswagen diesel-emissions scandal has, to say the least, exposed weaknesses in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testing regime. VW was able to get... read more October 26, 2015 by

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VW: Newest Diesel Engines Had No 'Defeat' Software, Legal In Europe

One of the many complications of the VW diesel emission scandal is that the 482,000 affected cars in the U.S. encompass three different types of engine and emission-control... read more October 23, 2015 by

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EPA: 'Long List' Of Questions On New VW Diesel Software Feature

A couple of weeks ago, Volkswagen seemed confident that it would be just a matter of weeks before it made some simple tweaks and got its 2016 lineup of TDI diesel vehicles... read more October 16, 2015 by


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