Diesels

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014

    While VW is moving toward the end of buybacks, payments, and fines for eight years of cheating on diesel emission standards, Fiat Chrysler is still in the thick of its own diesel mess involving Jeep SUVs and Ram trucks. On February 2, the U.S. Justice Department offered to let the company move forward if it recalls all 104,000 EcoDiesel models of the Ram 1500 full-size pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee to modify their engine-control software sold between 2014 and 2016. The company would also have to pay a so-far-unspecified but "substantial" fine for its actions. DON'T MISS: DON'T MISS: EPA says...

  • 2018 Hyundai Elantra
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for February 2018

    With gasoline cheap and buyers continuing to shun passenger cars for crossovers and trucks, there are bargains to be had in fuel-efficient and electrified vehicles. This month's deals, courtesy of CarsDirect, includes cheap leases, low financing rates, and money off sticker prices. They cover a...

  • 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
    2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon gets "EcoBlue" diesel option, no hybrid so far

    The last time Ford released a new hybrid or plug-in electric model was for the 2013 model year, and that's a long time ago in electric-car years. Detroit's second-largest automaker continues to work on boosting the fuel-economy ratings of its vehicle lineup, however. The latest example is a new...

  • 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...

  • 2018 BMW 5-Series

    BMW has announced it will resurrect the diesel 5 Series sport sedan, in the form of a 540d model, one year after the introduction of a thoroughly updated 5 Series. The company says the diesel edition will list for $62,995, including destination, once it arrives at dealerships in February. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the new executive sedan is rated for 26 mpg city, 36 highway, 30 combined in all-wheel-drive form—the only driveline available. DON'T MISS: For 2018, only 12 diesel vehicles offered in U.S. (guess who has most) Those numbers might seem a bit low to...

  • 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
    As expected, 2018 Ford F-150 gets V-6 diesel engine option

    Ford's best-selling full-size pickup truck will be powered by a diesel engine for the first time in its 70-year history. Monday morning, Ford revealed details of the new diesel-powered 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke, which it claims will achieve an EPA-estimated fuel-economy rating of 30 mpg highway...

  • Mercedes BlueEfficiency four-cylinder diesel
    Those fuel-efficient diesels? Actually worse on lifetime CO2, study says

    Diesel-powered cars have enjoyed a comfortable market share in Europe for decades, but their decline in popularity continues following numerous diesel-emission cheating scandals and regulatory crackdowns. As if diesel cars hadn't already had enough negative press, a new study says "fuel-efficient"...

  • Mercedes-Benz EQA concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Do Frankfurt's electric cars cover German desperation over diesel decline?

    This year's Frankfurt motor show was big, busy, and full of new concepts and production cars spanning the gamut from small electric cars to exotic supercars with prices in the millions. Every German maker showed one or more electric or electrified concepts, and renewed talk of driving on...

  • Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
    Want to buy a used, updated Volkswagen TDI diesel car? Your VW dealer will get first dibs

    Updated Volkswagen diesel vehicles with new engine software will soon be back on the market, but those looking to buy one will have to wait for their local dealership. Volkswagen will offer the hundreds of thousands of modified diesel vehicles to its franchised dealers first, offering them a "right...

  • Gas pump
    Death of engines overstated, fully electric world a 'comic book' fantasy: Japanese test company

    Most analysts agree the future of the automobile will slowly but increasingly come to rely on battery power. Electric cars will slowly displace internal combustion engines, many researchers suggest, and peak demand for fossil fuels used in transportation could arrive as soon as the next decade...

  • Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC diesel (European version)

    Fuel-economy ratings for cars sold in Europe have long been wildly unrealistic, sometimes more than 30 percent more optimistic than real-world consumption figures. Today, that will change. As of September 1, two new and more stringent testing regimes are to be used for certifying new vehicles going on sale in European Union countries. DON'T MISS: EU fuel-economy ratings move further from reality; Mercedes tops offender list The test cycles in use until now, known as the New European Driving Cycle or NEDC, have been widely criticized as too gentle and unrepresentative of actual usage patterns...

  • Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
    Used diesel demand drops in Germany over fear of software upgrades

    Diesel-powered cars, long a staple on European roads, are starting to lose favor as million of dollars of inventory begins to pile up in used diesel models. The inventory, largely recent models certified under the superseded Euro-5 emission standards, has boomed recently over the possibility the...

  • Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)
    UK to ban diesel, gasoline car sales by 2040; follows France, Norway, Holland bans

    The United Kingdom will follow in the footsteps of some European countries as it announced plans to ban the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars by the year 2040. The initiative closely follows a similar announcement from France, which also declared 2040 as the year it will phase out...

  • Diesel fuel pump
    Reports of diesel's death are greatly exaggerated

    The fallout from the Volkswagen diesel scandal has cost the fuel plenty of not-so-great headlines, but the idea that diesel will soon die off entirely for passenger vehicles simply isn't true. A report in The Car Connection compiled the proof to show diesel is far from its deathbed. There remain...

  • 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
    When will electric cars cost no more than equivalent diesels? VW says 2025

    The cost of electric cars and diesels will equalize around 2025, says one Volkswagen Group of America executive.

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    Volkswagen Diesel Pollution: How Dangerous To The Public, Your Family?

    Volkswagen has underscored that its diesel cars affected by its TDI emissions scandal are safe to drive. It highlights that on a special consumer site dedicated to information about these models, which include the 2009-2015 Jetta TDI, 2009-2014 Jetta SportWagen TDI, 2010-2015 Golf TDI, 2015 Golf...

  • 2015 Toyota Prius Liftback

    Time was, the Toyota Prius hybrid was the unquestioned technology champion and king of the fuel-efficiency battles. No longer, though. Now, as Toyota starts to plan for the launch of its fourth-generation flagship hybrid car, the legendary Prius faces more competition than ever before from newer plug-in electric cars and even some diesel vehicles. An article in trade journal Automotive News (subscription required) reports that Toyota dealers have now seen the design of the new Prius, which will be sportier and more streamlined. MORE: All-New 2016 Toyota Prius: What We Know So Far The latest...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel
    2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel: Ultimate Guide

    Joining the Chevrolet Cruze Eco in the carmaker's greener, less consumptive vehicle lineup, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has been one of Chevy's most eagerly-awaited models. The car has featured several times before on Green Car Reports, so below you can find all our previous coverage on the...

  • 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
    Nissan's Greener Non-Electric Cars: Hybrids, Diesels, But No Plug-In Hybrids?

    In the world of green cars, Nissan is best known for its Leaf electric car--which is the world's best-selling electric vehicle ever, with more than 100,000 delivered. But like any global automaker, Nissan is pursuing a variety of powertrain and other technologies to boost the efficiency of all its...

  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee
    2014 Jeep Cherokee To Be Offered With Diesel Engine--In Europe

    Jeep will use the Geneva Motor Show in March to launch the latest addition to its Cherokee range--the Cherokee Diesel. Hurrah! The bad news is that there are no intentions to bring this model to the U.S, where the most efficient Cherokee currently utilizes a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec  -  First Drive, August 2013
    2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec: First Drive

    While there are a number of new diesel models for 2014, diesels are nothing new for Mercedes-Benz. Yet at first blush, making the most fuel-efficient model in the lineup—the one that packs a new four-cylinder diesel—the entry point for mainstream luxury shoppers could be seen as a...

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 (Euro spec)  -  First Drive, Wolfsburg, June 2013
    2014 Volkswagen XL1: First Drive Of Wolfsburg's 261-MPG Car

    Look out, owners of 200-mph testosterone-supplement poster cars. If there ever was a real hypercar, it's the Volkswagen XL1. Although in recent years the term hypercar has been distorted—to include cars that are faster (and often even thirstier) than those supercars from Lamborghini, Ferrari...

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