Diesels

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

    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 meet emission limits in real-world use. At the Geneva auto-show media days, starting with events Monday evening and continuing through Tuesday and Wednesday, the messages about the future of diesel were decidedly mixed. DON'T MISS: Fiat Chrysler to end diesel engines in cars by 2022 (but not trucks)...

  • 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...

  • Western Star semi tractor used to promote Fitzgerald Glider Kits
    Fake science: University disavows study EPA cited to approve old dirty diesels in "glider" trucks

    Last November, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would rescind a rule that banned companies from fitting outdated, older, and dirtier diesel engines into brand-new "glider" chassis-cab trucks. Among the many regulations to limit emissions and other forms of pollution that EPA...

  • Mercedes-Benz GLS350d spotted testing near Denver
    Mercedes-Benz gets its own diesel emission cheating questions now

    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...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    FCA can settle Jeep, Ram EcoDiesel emission case with fine, recall: Justice Department

    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...

  • 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

    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 diesel engine option for the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon. DON'T MISS: Ford 300-mile all-electric SUV may be named Mach 1; due 2020 That's the low-volume wagon (or "small minivan") version of its Transit Connect small commercial delivery van. The Wagon model, available with five or seven seats and...

  • 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
    Diesel redux: 2018 BMW 540d sedan certified for US sale (but will it matter?)

    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...

  • 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

    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" diesel vehicles actually produce more lifetime carbon dioxide than do equivalent average gasoline-powered cars. The study also notes that lower fuel taxes in many European countries deliberately created an uneven playing field for gasoline versus diesel. DON'T MISS: For 2018, only 12 diesel vehicles...

  • 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)
    Europe's tougher new emissions, fuel-economy tests should be closer to real-world results

    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...

  • 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)

    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 fossil-fuel vehicles Norway and the Netherlands have also announced similar plans, though both plan on banning the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2025. DON'T MISS: France plans to ban all gasoline, diesel vehicles by 2040 The UK's decision was announced by the country's Environment Minister, Michael...

  • 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
    2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid: Sportier, But Facing New Competition

    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...

  • 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...

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