Diesels

  • "Hybrid VW" license plate from 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid drive event

    When the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid arrives at dealers in late December or early January, VW will become the only carmaker offering both a diesel engine and a hybrid model of the same compact sedan. Why two such different approaches? Because, Volkswagen says, the audiences for the two cars are actually very different--and there's very little crossover from one to the other. As part of its launch event last night, Rainer Michel, vice president of product marketing and strategy for Volkswagen of America, discussed the two different sets of buyers. Using data from research firm Strategic...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
    2013 Green Car Buyers Guide: Hybrids, Diesels, Plug-Ins

    It's autumn, which means that new 2013 cars are now showing up in dealerships all across the country. With gas prices high and new fuel-economy standards in effect, automakers are rolling out new green cars of every type. Here's our selective list of the important new green models you'll be able to...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Electric/Elettra
    Chrysler: Yes, We'll Build A Few Electric And Hybrid Cars (We Have To)

    Give Chrysler credit for consistency. A company executive said yesterday that it would indeed build electric and hybrid vehicles, though "sparingly" and for the "right kinds of targeted applications." The comment came from Bob Lee, Chrysler's vice president and head of engineering for engine and...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC 4Matic, road test, June 2012
    2012 Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC: One Week In 32-MPG Diesel Luxury Sedan

    If your daily driving resembles a New York City cabbie's--lots of stop and go--you should get a hybrid for best fuel efficiency. But if it's closer to that of a traveling farm salesman--steady speeds on Interstate highways and wide-open state roads for hours--you'll likely be better off with a...

  • Tata Nano Diesel prototype seen on the road in India - spy photo by Indian Autos Blog
    Will Tata Nano Diesel--World's Tiniest & Cheapest--Get 70 MPG?

    We won't see it here, but diesel fans everywhere are eagerly waiting for the world's smallest, cheapest four-seat diesel passenger car to be launched later this year in India. The Tata Nano Diesel may get as much as 70 miles per gallon or more, making it the most efficient four-seat diesel vehicle...

  • U.S. Army Fuel Efficient Demonstrator (FED) Bravo concept diesel hybrid-electric vehicle, April 2012
    Army Diesel-Hybrid Concept: Twice The MPG, Just As Fierce As Humvee

    For U.S. armed forces, green is mostly seen these days as accents in beige battlefield camo. But reducing the cost and risk of delivering very expensive diesel fuel in vulnerable military convoys has long been a Pentagon goal, and one way to do that is to make all military vehicles more fuel...

  • 'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI

    Hybrids have fans, diesels have fans, and while they produce their best fuel economy under different circumstances, each one tends to be a greener choice than a conventional gasoline car. But passenger cars with diesels are now just a tiny part of the U.S. market (less than 1 percent) compared to hybrids, which have stayed between 2 and 3 percent of sales for several years. Now Bosch, the German auto-parts maker, thinks that's about to change--and in a big way. Carnegie-Mellon study By 2015, the company projects, fully one in 10 new cars sold in the U.S. will have a diesel engine. The...

  • Sexy is a diesel
    Sales Of Diesel Cars Rise By 40 Percent In 1 Year, But...

    They might get impressive gas mileage and be great for towing, but it isn’t a secret that most Americans hate diesel-powered cars. Historically, diesel-powered cars account for less than one percent of all new passenger car sales in the U.S., but according to data released by a non-profit...

  • BMW X5 xDrive35d 10 Year Edition
    BMW X5 xDrive35d Named 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

    This morning, the BMW X5 xDrive35d was named the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year by the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine. The BMW beat the new Volkswagen Passat TDI, which placed second, and the VW Golf TDI, which garnered third place. Altogether, 13 passenger cars and light trucks competed for...

  • 2011 Mazda Takeri Concept
    Mazda Takeri Diesel Concept: 2012 New York Auto Show Preview

    The Mazda Takeri Concept sedan will make its North American debut this week at the 2012 New York Auto Show. But this is a slightly different Takeri than we saw at the Geneva Motor Show. For the first time, Mazda will show its new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel powertrain in a concept car. The Takeri...

  • Ford Transit Van, high-roof European model
    New Ford Transit Van In 2013 Will Have Diesel Engine Option

    It's become a staple tactic of automotive PR operations: Trickle out one factoid at a time, well in advance of an actual vehicle, and get stories each time. So here's the news: The Ford Transit commercial van to be launched next year will have a diesel engine option. That was the sum total of the...

  • 2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan
    Will Infiniti G Sport Sedan Add New Hybrid, Diesel Models?

    The 2012 Infiniti M35h hybrid large sport sedan is marketed by Infiniti as the "world's quickest (full) hybrid sedan," based on its 0-to-62-mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds. Now it looks like the next version of the smaller Infiniti G sedan will use the same powertrain--which, in a smaller and...

  • New Audi A3 Hatchback live photos, 2012 Geneva Motor Show

    Audi's next A3 will offer buyers a wider range of drivetrain options, at least in Europe.

  • Range Rover Evoque diesel
    Diesel Cars: Economical, But Can They Ever Be Desirable?

    Tractors have a lot to answer for. While they've furthered agriculture to the benefit of the greater good, their use of torquey, grumbling diesel engines has subsequently afflicted every road-going diesel with the description "it sounds like a tractor". Except that unless you've been hiding under a...

  • 2012 Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel
    Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel: Forbidden Fruit First Drive

    There are - believe it or not - advantages to living in England. Okay, so the weather is as depressing as the stereotypes suggest, and the average price of gas is currently around $8.17 per gallon, but we do occasionally get cars denied to those on U.S. shores. One of those is the Jaguar XF...

  • Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi turbodiesel (Europe)
    2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: More Details Released By GM

    Until now, there wasn't much official information about the upcoming diesel version of Chevy's Cruze compact sedan beyond the fact that it existed. Lots of reporters--us included--covered the diesel Cruze model that's been sold in Europe for a while now. We described that car's 2.0-liter...

  • Beijing smog
    Big Emissions Gain: Cleaning Up Dirtiest Third-World Diesels

    In asking developing world countries to clean up their act when it comes to reducing automobile emissions, it's easy to sound hypocritical. A new climate change initiative, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will sidestep this hypocricy by addressing the sort of pollutants that are as...

  • BMW 116d EfficientDynamics
    Forbidden Fruit: 60 MPG BMW 1-Series Due At Geneva Show

    When it comes to diesel cars, the choice in the U.S. is a little thin next to the selection of diesels on sale in Europe. After all, where else could you buy an example of the "Ultimate Driving Machine" that can average 60 miles per gallon? Just such a car will be launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor...

  • 'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI

    You have just two weeks left to vote for the Diesel Car of the Year award, which is organized by The Diesel Driver website. Every year, that site asks green-car advocates, diesel fans, and its readers to chose from its list of nominees. That list (below) includes all 13 passenger vehicles fitted with diesel engines that are sold in the U.S. as 2012 models. Last year, the winner was the 2011 BMW 335d, but that model isn't sold for 2012. So the field is wide open. The list of nominees is split into passenger cars (seven of them): Audi A3 TDI Mercedes-Benz E 350 Bluetec Mercedes-Benz S 350...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, Chicago Auto Show, Feb 2012
    2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: Live Gallery From Chicago Auto Show

    While Volkswagen didn't host a press conference to launch its new diesel Beetle, the carmaker put the 2013 Beetle TDI on display at the Chicago Auto Show in its first U.S. appearance. It's really the return of a long-lost friend, since VW sold the previous-generation New Beetle with a 1.9-liter...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK
    Mercedes Confirms Diesel Option For 2013 GLK Crossover Utility

    Mercedes-Benz's compact crossover, the GLK, will get a diesel engine option when the new model hits dealers later this year.

  • 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Chrysler To Offer Diesel Engine Options, But Only In Trucks

    Chrysler will soon sell a diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee, which may be followed by a diesel-powered Dodge Durango. The next Ram Dakota will get a diesel, too, but don't expect to see one in a Chrysler automobile.

  • 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Sport Utility Coming In 2013

    The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the brightest stars among the cars that propelled Chrysler--now controlled by Fiat--to a 26-percent sales increase in 2011, raising its share of the U.S. market 1.3 points to 10.7 percent. Yesterday, the company said it would start building a diesel version of the...

  • diesel badge on 2011 Porsche Cayenne (euro spec)
    Porsche Cayenne Diesel To Arrive In U.S. Second Half Of 2012

    Hybrids, electrics, and various permutations in between get a lot of the attention when it comes to greener driving, but the dino-burning diesel deserves its place in the pantheon as well, at least for the time being. Porsche agrees--at least in the case of the Cayenne. The diesel version may be...

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