Diesel Cars

  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel (with 6-speed automatic transmission), Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2017

    Times are tough for sedans in general, as buyers swarm into crossover utility vehicles and ignore the passenger cars sitting next to them on the showroom floor. Also, gasoline remains cheap. All of which may add up to tough times for the current Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, the compact sedan to be offered with a high-efficiency turbo diesel engine. DON'T MISS: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel first drive (Apr 2017) For the balance of August, Chevy is offering 20 percent off the sticker price of any Cruze Diesel. That means a base-model Cruze Diesel with a 6-speed manual transmission can be purchased...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    VW exec to plead guilty to diesel cheating charges after jail, house arrest

    It has been almost two years since Volkswagen changed the prospects for diesel-powered cars when it admitted to eight years' worth of cheating on emissions tests for its so-called clean diesel vehicles. The effects of the German automaker's diesel scandal are still unfolding today, not only in the...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    What will happen to diesels for U.S. cars, light trucks by 2025? Poll results

    With electric-car battery prices falling faster than predicted even five years ago, carmakers face tough and costly choices in choosing powertrains for the lineups in 2020 and after. Pressed by stiff carbon-emission reduction laws in Europe and heavy regulations to encourage electric cars in China...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    Regulators give OK for 2017 diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500 sales

    Federal regulators gave final approval to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to resume sales of diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models in the U.S., the company announced Friday. In May, FCA announced it would file for the certification after those models were pulled for sale early in 2017...

  • Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
    Modifications to oldest, dirtiest VW, Audi TDI diesels approved by EPA

    VW Group of North America now owns hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen and Audi TDI diesel vehicles it has bought back from owners under the terms of various diesel emission scandal settlements. Yesterday, it got some very good news: the EPA has approved a modification that will it allow it to...

  • 2014 Audi A6 2.0 TDI Ultra
    European commissioner warns against cities' diesel bans, fears market collapse

    The warning came even before last week's plans for updates to 9 million European diesel cars by German luxury makers Audi and Mercedes-Benz were announced. In a letter sent to the transport ministers of European Union countries, EU industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska warned that proposed bans...

  • 2013 Audi TDI range

    Both Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and Volkswagen Group have approved new plans to retrofit older diesel-powered vehicles with new software at no cost to owners. The largest number of such cars will be in Europe. The news comes amid the latest allegations surrounding German automakers and their brands' diesel cars—and more updates could be on the horizon. DON'T MISS: European fix for VW diesels complies with law, but real-world emissions still too high BMW has also committed to a voluntary program to retrofit older cars, though it has outright denied any wrongdoing on the topic of...

  • 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon, 2017 Chicago auto show
    Jeep Wrangler Diesel already testing, before 2019 launch

    The iconic Jeep Wrangler is a tough vehicle to make fuel-efficient. Its separate frame and body add weight, and it has all the wind-cheating grace of a small municipal hospital. The Wrangler SUV only gets redesigned every 10 years or so, so each new generation is a big deal to Jeep fans. DON'T...

  • Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius
    Green Car Glossary: vehicles, emissions, fuels, electric cars, powertrains energy (updated)

    As rules to boost fuel economy and lower carbon emissions in vehicles around the world continue to stiffen, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? This glossary is your chance to enter a veritable Twilight Zone of terminology--and find...

  • 2014 BMW 328d
    EU investigating diesel collusion among Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, VW: report

    As numerous political probes over the years have famously shown, once investigators dig into the circumstances around an alleged crime, anything can happen. The September 2015 announcement by the EPA that VW Group engineers had admitted to deliberate cheating on U.S. emission tests of the company's...

  • 2014 Audi A7 TDI
    Tough Audi decision alleged: diesel-emission gear or profitable high-end audio systems?

    Although it's not been in U.S. news much lately, the VW diesel scandal continues to unfold in Germany, as prosecutors continue their investigations over whether criminal acts were committed under German law. That doesn't mean U.S. investigations have finished, however. Last week's arrest in Germany...

  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T
    2018 Chevy Equinox Diesel pricing to start just above $31,000

    Every now and then, resourceful journalists dredge up automotive news before it emerges in a sanitized press release from the maker in question. So it is with the pricing on the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel, one of two diesel-powered compact crossover utility vehicles expected to hit the U.S...

  • Freightliner Inspiration Truck self-driving truck concept

    Almost one-third of the heavy trucks on U.S. roads now use the most stringent emission-control systems, which radically reduce their emissions of nitrogen oxides, soot, and other pollutants. Commercial trucks log much higher annual mileage than passenger cars, especially the semi tractors that haul long-distance freight across the country. That makes reducing their emissions a hugely important piece of the air-quality and climate-change puzzle, especially globally. DON'T MISS: Diesel trucks with latest emission controls displacing dirtier, older ones on U.S. roads California, the North...

  • Chrome exhaust pipe
    Combustion engines: high emissions from short commutes a huge challenge

    Drivers in the U.S. have longer commutes than those in Europe and Asia, on average. In the U.K., short commutes in vehicles with combustion engines—whether gasoline or diesel—pose particularly tough emission problems. That's because the exhaust aftertreatment systems have to warm up...

  • Toyota 'Project Portal' proof-of-concept hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi tractor, for Port of LA
    Missing piece in global vehicle emission puzzle: heavy trucks

    A global push to reduce vehicle emissions and create cleaner air for future generations has been underway for half a century now. However, while many governments around the world have introduced lower emission and higher fuel-efficiency standards for passenger cars, another large contributor to...

  • Nicolas Hulot, French minister of ecological transition, announces 2040 ban on vehicles with engines
    France plans to ban all gasoline, diesel vehicles by 2040

    To most North Americans, the idea of banning all vehicles with internal-combustion engines seems unthinkable. Filling up with gasoline (or diesel) is as American as are dispersed low-density suburbs without mass transit, bike paths, or even sidewalks. Europeans, more of whom live in cities and most...

  • Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
    Diesel deception: more pain ahead for VW brands, Bosch?

    Volkswagen Group is moving toward wrapping up its diesel deceit in the United States, but in Europe, it may only be starting. European owners of Volkswagen Group vehicles—Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, and Skoda—may justifiably feel as if they've received the short end of the stick when it...

  • A semi-autonomous BMW 5 Series, on the highway outside of Munich
    Even BMW's hometown may ban older diesel cars

    Diesel-powered vehicles are facing a tough road ahead as more European cities move to ban older, dirtier, oil-burning cars. Diesel has long been the preferred fuel of European drivers thanks to its efficiency and lower carbon dioxide levels. However, mounting research has shown diesel-powered cars...

  • 2014 Audi A8 TDI

    Just as the Volkswagen Group begins to wind down its diesel scandal in the United States, things may be ramping up in Europe. A German government task force discovered a new type of defeat device in Audi vehicles, which allows the cars to cheat emission tests. Both V-6 and V-8 powered Audi A8 diesels—built between 2009 and 2013—were equipped with the defeat device with a total of 24,000 cars affected. DON'T MISS: Settlement for Audi, Porsche, VW 3.0-liter diesel TDI owners announced Half of the cars were sold in Germany, according to Handelsblatt. Germany’s Transport...

  • Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
    Lasting legacy of VW diesel scandal: EU gets serious about testing

    The Volkswagen diesel scandal left lasting imprints on the entire automotive industry, and may have changed the way regulators look at vehicles using the fuel forever. That's true not just in the United States, but elsewhere as well. The European Union is now increasing its efforts to make sure a...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    Justice Department sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions (update)

    The U.S. Justice Department sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles yesterday over allegations that diesel engines in its light-duty trucks included equipment to defeat Environmental Protection Agency emissions tests. First reported as impending last week, the suit alleges that FCA fitted up to eight...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
    2012-2014 VW Passat TDI diesels approved for modification by EPA

    Another small portion of Volkswagen's diesel scandal has been put to rest: the EPA announced its approval of modifications for 2012 through 2014 Passat TDI sedans. In total, 84,391 Volkswagen Passat TDI diesel vehicles are eligible to be modified and deemed compliant, should the existing owner...

  • 2018 Volvo XC60
    Volvo's current diesels may be its last: CEO

    Diesel has had an increasing rough ride during the current decade—scandals, emission crackdowns, a push for electric vehicles—and it's becoming clear that some automakers are reaching their limits. That includes Volvo, whose chief executive officer has declared its newest generation of...

  • Freightliner Inspiration Truck self-driving truck concept
    Real-world diesel emission study shows latest standards must be applied to heavy trucks

    When a major lobbying group issues a statement replying to an academic study the same day that study first hits the media, you know it's major. On Monday, the Diesel Technology Forum responded to an article in Nature with a statement that supported "improved real-world testing" of diesel emissions...