Diesel Cars

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs

    Thursday marks the second anniversary of the VW dieselgate settlement, representing almost half a million consumers who bought various models of VW TDI diesel cars and SUVs that failed to comply with federal or California emissions requirements. Under the court-ordered consent decree approved June 28, 2016, the company was required to file a report showing that it had repaired or removed from the road 85 percent of the TDI diesel models it sold that didn't comply with emissions standards, both in California and nationwide. READ THIS: VW diesel settlement details: buybacks, payments...

  • Audi CEO Rupert Stadler
    Audi CEO arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

    VW's diesel scandal is far from over. In the latest move on the political chessboard, German authorities arrested the head of VW's luxury division Audi at his home Monday morning according to a Reuters report. German authorities cited concerns that Stadler could obstruct their ongoing investigation...

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    Volkswagen Group fined $1.2B by German authorities for diesel scandal

    The fallout from a global emissions cheating scandal keeps falling. This week, German authorities fined Volkswagen AG nearly $1.2 billion for selling more than 10 million cars with emissions-cheating software. The sum pales in comparison to the billions Volkswagen has paid in the U.S., which has...

  • Mercedes-Benz C220d
    Daimler ordered to recall nearly 774,000 diesels in Europe for emissions software

    Stop us if you've heard this before: A major automaker will recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles for software that turns off emissions controls under certain circumstances. This time, it's Mercedes-Benz's parent company Daimler under investigation. Germany's transportation minister met with...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    2019 Chevy Silverado will offer new turbo-4 that can run on 2 cylinders

    Chevrolet announced last week that its upcoming 2019 Silverado full-size pickup will offer a new turbo-4 in place of the base V-6 in some models. Like the V-8s in some of GM's large pickups, the new engine will have active cylinder management that cuts two of the four cylinders during light loads...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    New emails show FCA knew of diesel cheats as early as 2010: report

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles discussed using illegal software to cheat emissions tests in diesel versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram EcoDiesel pickup as early as 2010, newly revealed documents show. The emails, which were unsealed last week as part of a proposed class-action lawsuit against...

  • 2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

    Volvo says it is going all-in on electric cars in an effort to turn the company into something of a Tesla alternative. To that end, the company has announced that half its cars will be battery electric models by 2024, according to a report in Road & Track earlier this year. It has also dedicated its high-performance Polestar brand to selling all-electric cars. As if to underline that statement, Volvo announced Thursday that it would introduce no new cars with diesel engines after 2019. Currently, Volvo sells diesels only outside the United States. The Swedish company also told Road &...

  • Brown 2011 Volkswagen TDI Sportwagen listed for sale after emissions repairs
    2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen driven: Fixed, but does it matter?

    The brown diesel wagon I’m driving spent last winter confined to a dusty parking lot south of Colorado Springs. Thousands of other TDIs, ranging from Beetles to luxurious Audi Q7 crossovers, remain captive in massive holding facilities across the U.S. Some are finally heading home, to used car...

  • Martin Winterkorn
    Report: Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn criminally charged over dieselgate

    Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn was charged with defrauding the U.S. in a Michigan federal court Thursday for his role in the widespread VW diesel emissions scandal. The charges were first reported by Reuters. According to the report, the charges were filed secretly in March and made...

  • 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
    2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke first drive: diesel, the not-so-efficient way

    Ford has a gem of a diesel engine under the hood of the 2018 F-150 Power Stroke—as long as drivers aren’t enamored with good fuel economy. Wait, what? After a day of driving F-150 diesels in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado, unladen, with beds loaded up with...

  • 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
    Ford releases fuel economy figures for new F-150 diesel

    A full-sized pickup that can get 30 mpg sounds impressive, and it is. Ford has released the fuel economy ratings for the new F150 Powerstroke diesel, and that's the highway rating for the two-wheel drive model. In the city it's rated to get 22 mpg from its turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, and gets...

  • Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
    Possible retrofits in Germany for dirtiest diesels could cost carmakers more

    These are not good times for the makers or owners of diesel cars, particularly in their European stronghold, where on average half of all new vehicles had been sold with diesel engines. Strict new real-world emission tests have proven hard to meet, consumers are starting to shy away from buying new...

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs

    It might be the world’s largest single-company junkyard and pick-a-part business, if not for the prominent "No Trespassing" and "Drone-Free Zone" signs. Instead, it’s a massive storage facility in Colorado for thousands of disgraced VW and Audi TDI diesel vehicles awaiting whatever fate holds for them. At least the locale, in the shadow of Pike’s Peak, is scenic. DON'T MISS: Lasting legacy of VW diesel scandal: EU gets serious about testing (May 2017) Thousands of cars and crossovers VW has bought back from owners over the last year now bake in a dirt parking lot outside...

  • Mercedes-Benz EQA concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Mercedes-Benz takes the electric car plunge, but diesel is here to stay

    Daimler AG executives said Tuesday that diesel power for Mercedes cars is here to stay, even as electric cars and electrified mobility spreads throughout its passenger and commercial vehicles, and even its global partnerships. Electrified vehicles include everything from 48-volt mild hybrids...

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    Rome joins European ban-diesel bandwagon after German court ruling

    First Paris, then a pair of German cities, and now the Eternal City. Two weeks ago, the mayor of Rome announced on her Facebook page that the city would ban diesel cars altogether by 2024. It's not clear whether the ban applies solely to the older, most-polluting diesels as it does already in...

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    Mixed messages on future of diesel at Geneva auto show

    You can smell the diesel exhaust in any city in Europe, sometimes even before you hear the clatter from under the hood of every other passing vehicle. The Volkswagen diesel scandal that broke in September 2015 brought a laser focus to the software used in all diesel engines, and their inability to...

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
    German court rules cities may ban older diesel vehicles to cut air pollution

    That huge intake of breath you may have heard from across the Atlantic Ocean was the sound of German carmakers gasping at a court decision handed down on Tuesday. After a week's delay in issuing its ruling, a German court decided that individual cities in the country may ban vehicles with diesel...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    Fiat Chrysler to end diesel engines in cars by 2022 (but not trucks): report

    Fiat Chrysler will abandon the use of diesel engines in all its passenger vehicles by 2022, according to a report Sunday. Demand for diesel versions of passenger cars in Europe is waning and car makers face extraordinarily high costs to get diesel engines to comply with emission limits in...

  • Mercedes-Benz GLS350d spotted testing near Denver

    Investigators probing U.S. models of Mercedes-Benz sold with diesel engines have found software, possibly illegal under EPA rules, that helped them pass emission tests. Such software may be similar to that notoriously used in 580,000 vehicles sold by VW, Audi, and Porsche from 2009 through 2015 in what became the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal. Different VW Group vehicles were fitted with "defeat device" software that detected testing routines and controlled emissions more aggressively than in regular use. CHECK OUT: VW exec pleads guilty to diesel cheating charges after jail, house...

  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
    Porsche kills off its diesels, because customers no longer want them

    Of the three brands caught up in the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal in the U.S., Porsche was by far the least affected. It had sold only one diesel model, a version of its Cayenne performance SUV fitted with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel developed by its VW Group sibling Audi. Regulators approved...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2018 Detroit auto show
    Inline-6 turbodiesel in 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup to be built in Michigan

    The forthcoming diesel-powered 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will, without a doubt, thump with the Heartbeat of America. During the new truck's launch at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GM product chief Mark Reuss hinted at a future announcement regarding the next-generation...

  • 2019 Kia Sorento
    Kia Sorento Diesel crossover utility vehicle confirmed by company

    With Volkswagen having left a gaping void in the North American market for diesel vehicles, other automakers are taking a chance at exploiting the fuel for their own market-share gains. The latest entrant is Kia, which—for the first time in its 24-year U.S. history—will have a...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel, first drive, Teaneck, NJ, Aug 2017
    For 2018, only a dozen diesel vehicles on sale in U.S. (guess who has most)

    With the permanent end of diesel sales in the U.S. by three VW Group brands—Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche—the number of diesel passenger cars and light trucks has plummeted. In fact, for the 2018 model year thus far, there are only 11 basic models listed in an annual publication issued...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for January 2018

    Is one of your New Year's resolutions to go green? We're here to help with this month's deals on electric, plug-in hybrid, hybrid, and other efficient vehicles. Against last month, the cars offering the best incentives haven't changed—but the incentives themselves have. Click ahead to find...

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