Diesel Cars

  • Ferdinand Piech, chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group, at 2000 Paris Motor Show

    Statements from the boards of directors of automakers are generally dry, dispassionate, and formal. So the language of a terse item issued yesterday by the board of Volkswagen Group was remarkable in its directness. Not to mention its inferences about the company's former CEO Ferdinand Piech, who remains a powerful and major shareholder. DON'T MISS: VW's home state calls diesel actions 'inexcusable' as scandal expands (Nov 2016) The statement summary read, "The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG emphatically repudiates the assertions made by Ferdinand Piëch as reported recently in the...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    Which VW diesels can be fixed (updated), and which can't?

    More than 16 months after Volkswagen's use of illegal "defeat device" software in diesel vehicles was announced by the Environmental Protection Agency, some progress is finally being made in addressing the affected cars. Settlements are now in place for almost half a million VW and Audi models with...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    Bosch to pay VW diesel owners $330 million in emission scandal too

    With a judge set to weigh in on the settlement VW Group negotiated with its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel owners, Volkswagen seems to have settled most of the U.S. legal claims stemming from its diesel-emission cheating scandal. Total costs in the U.S. alone are now more than $20 billion, and among other...

  • 2014 Audi Q5 TDI, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2013
    Settlement for Audi, Porsche, VW 3.0-liter diesel TDI owners announced

    Volkswagen today announced that it had reached a settlement with owners of Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles fitted with its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. Different remedies apply depending on the vehicle's model year: 2009 through 2012 cars will be bought back, while 2013 through 2016 vehicles will be...

  • Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) on a Peugeot 308
    EU cracks down as diesel scandal exposes lax tests country by country

    The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to much greater scrutiny on the methods regulatory agencies use to test vehicle emissions, particularly in Europe. Even before news of Volkswagen's diesel "defeat device" software broke, the European fuel-economy testing cycle was known to be overly optimistic...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
    2017 Ram, Jeep diesels should be certified by EPA shortly, company says

    Fiat Chrysler may have a plan to address EPA complaints regarding software in its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, according to comments by CEO Sergio Marchionne. The EPA announced earlier this month that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had failed to disclose eight separate software routines that affect the...

  • Martin Winterkorn

    German prosecutors have extended a probe into Volkswagen's use of "defeat device" software in diesel cars to former CEO Martin Winterkorn. Winterkorn, who resigned shortly after the existence of VW "defeat device" software was revealed by the EPA, has said he had no knowledge of the emissions-manipulating software until shortly before the scandal broke. This is the first time prosecutors in Volkswagen's home country have named Winterkorn in the investigation of the software, which was used to cheat on emissions tests. DON'T MISS: VW settles diesel cheating cases: felony pleas, $4.3 billion...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
    VW dealers settle too; average payout almost $2 million each

    A settlement between Volkswagen and its U.S. franchised dealers over the diesel-emissions scandal has been approved by a federal judge. First announced last August, the settlement calls for VW dealers to compensated for the alleged loss in value of their franchises related to fallout from the...

  • Volkswagen TDI diesel cars stored at Pontiac Silverdome (Photo by Jalopnik)
    Where do bought-back VW diesels go? Dead NFL stadiums, among other places

    When news of its diesel-emissions cheating broke last September, Volkswagen issued a stop-sale order for affected TDI diesel cars. Now that a settlement for 2.0-liter TDI models has been approved, the automaker is also beginning to buy back cars with illegal "defeat device" software from customers...

  • Sergio Marchionne
    Cost to make FCA diesels emission-compliant in Europe: half a billion dollars

    Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, believes diesels will allow the company to meet future, tougher fuel-economy standards. But that faith is being sorely tested at the moment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now says the company failed to disclose software for its...

  • Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)
    How Paris will ban the dirtiest diesels: color-coded stickers

    Yesterday, analyses of the air in several parts of France showed it contained high levels of ultrafine particles emitted by road vehicles. Among the guiltiest culprits were older diesel vehicles with minimal emission-control systems, particularly those built under the Euro 4 standard in effect...

  • Achates opposed-piston two-stroke diesel engine, as it would be packaged for truck installation
    Full-size diesel pickup truck that gets 37 mpg? Achates says yes

    Could a full-size pickup truck ever get a fuel-economy rating of 37 mpg? California-based Achates Power believes it can, and its novel engine uses a design that dates back to the earliest days of internal combustion to do so. The company announced its two-stroke, opposed-piston diesel engine for...

  • 2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD

    When it comes to reducing emissions, fleet operators generally have fewer options than individual buyers of passenger cars. There are fewer zero-emission vehicle options for vehicles that see commercial use, although those vehicles often cover more miles every year than the average passenger car. But fleet buyers have embraced alternative carbon-based fuels to some degree, including biodiesel. DON'T MISS: EU cleaner-car proposals slammed for too few electric cars, too much biodiesel (Dec 2016) Used in common language, the word "biodiesel" can refer to many different fuels, including those...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    Court orders full reimbursement for VW diesel owner in Germany

    A lot has been said about Volkswagen's use of "defeat device" software in diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests, but a German court may win the prize for most-creative description. VW "defeat device" software is like putting horse meat in lasagna, three German judges decreed during a recent...

  • New Renault Twingo
    French target Renault, Brits query Fiat, over diesel emissions

    The past week has not been a particularly pleasant one for advocates of diesel cars. Volkswagen agreed to plead guilty to criminal counts related to its diesel-emissions cheating and pay $4.3 billion in fines, while U.S. prosecutors arrested one of the company's executives and indicted five more...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI
    VW settles diesel cheating cases: felony pleas, $4.3 billion fines

    Last week, Volkswagen settled an array of criminal and civil charges over its 16-month-old diesel scandal with the U.S. Justice Department. The news of the settlement was quickly swamped by a variety of further stories, both on the regulatory and diesel fronts. Those included the arrest of one...

  • 2017 BMW 3-Series
    All 2017 BMW diesels certified by EPA, production now starting

    This might not seem to be the most convenient moment to restart production of a gaggle of diesel cars. The Volkswagen diesel scandal continues to unfold, and last week the EPA accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of failing to reveal eight separate software routines that altered the behavior of...

  • 2018 Ford F-150
    Ford F-150 pickup to get V-6 diesel engine in spring 2018 (updated)

    Formerly the domain of heavy-duty pickups, diesel engines are slowly creeping into smaller trucks. Ram arguably started the most recent trend with the 1500's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. General Motors sells diesel-powered Chevrolet Colorados and GMC Canyons. Now, the Ford F-150 is getting in on the...

  • 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE

    It's been a busy week for U.S. agencies as they release information on their final actions before a new administration takes office. Yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice reportedly opened a criminal probe into the actions of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over the emission certification of its diesel engines. The investigation follows an announcement Thursday by the EPA that FCA failed to disclose eight separate software routines that affect the engine's emissions. DON'T MISS: EPA says Ram, Jeep diesel emission software violates Clean Air Act That failure to disclose auxiliary emission-control...

  • Handcuffs
    5 more VW diesel execs indicted, including R&D head, after weekend arrest

    On Wednesday, six senior VW Group executives were indicted by the Justice Department on multiple counts of conspiracy and intent to defraud. The charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States, to defraud customers, and to violate the Clean Air Act. All stemmed from the Volkswagen diesel...

  • 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE
    EPA says Ram, Jeep diesel emission software violates Clean Air Act (updated)

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may have used illegal software for emission controls to get more than 100,000 trucks and SUVs through emissions testing, the EPA said Thursday. The agency avoided dubbing that software "defeat devices," but it has asked FCA to explain up to eight auxiliary emissions...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    VW executive arrested by FBI on diesel emission conspiracy charges

    The head of VW Group's U.S. regulatory compliance group was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation this weekend on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Oliver Schmidt led the German automaker's regulatory compliance during 2014 and the early part of 2015. The Volkswagen...

  • 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE
    Advocacy group says diesel cars coming back; it meant trucks

    The Diesel Technology Forum notes that diesel's market share increased in the second half of 2016, but that was mostly due to truck sales.

  • Consumer Reports tests 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in 'cheat mode,' October 2015 [video frame]
    Emission updates for 2015 VW, Audi 2.0-liter TDI diesels OKed by regulators

    The $14.7 billion diesel-emission settlement among Volkswagen and regulatory agencies required VW to buy back or modify almost half a million TDI vehicles from model years 2009 through 2015. While the buybacks have received the most attention—and most owners are expected to take...

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