• 2012 Jaguar XF Diesel

    In an effort to meet future fuel economy requirements, more manufacturers than ever are considering selling diesel models in North America. The next carmaker considering diesel sales could well be British sports and luxury car maker Jaguar. According to Motor Authority, a British-registered, right-hand drive Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel departed New York City yesterday, marking the start of a seven-day, 2,800 mile tour across the country to Los Angeles. The cross-country tour will be the second long-distance run from British brothers David and Alexander Madgwick, who've previously taken the same car...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz S 350 Bluetec
    2012 Mercedes-Benz S 350 Bluetec Clean Diesel: Quick Drive

    What can you say about driving a Mercedes-Benz S-Class? It's luxurious, smooth, powerful, packed with features, impressive on the road, and very, very large. Now you can add another adjective: green. While the S 400 Hybrid has been in the mix for two years, Mercedes-Benz is launching a clean-diesel...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    Volkswagen, Audi Recall Clean-Diesel TDI Cars For Fuel Leak Problem

    The Volkswagen Group 2.0-liter clean-diesel TDI engine has been fitted to quite a number of VW vehicles over the years, as well as the Audi A3 TDI. Now the company has announced a voluntary safety recall that applies to both Golf TDI models built from May 2009 to September 2011, and the more...

  • John Petsche with his record-setting homebrew 350cc diesel motorcycle running on vegetable oil
    Homebrew 6-HP Motorcycle Sets Biodiesel World Speed Record

    Combine a whole bunch of parts from motorcycles, go-karts, industrial machinery, and even generators, and what do you get? In John Petsche's case, he not only built a motorcycle that runs on store-bought vegetable oil, he managed to take home a world speed record for the 350cc Alternate Fuel class...

  • 2009 BMW X5
    2009 BMW X5 Diesel Recalled For Faulty Fuel-Filter Heater

    Clean-diesel vehicles, a slowly growing segment of the market, unquestionably return higher fuel economy figures than their gasoline-engined counterparts. But they have their own set of issues, too, including recalls specific to some of the diesel engine components. The NHTSA has issued a recall...

  • 2011 Ford F-250 SuperDuty pickup truck Land Speed Record contender, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
    Diesel Land Speed Record: 171 MPH In A Ford F-250 Pickup!

    There are lots of different Land Speed Record categories, and each year one or two of them fall to new challengers. So it's not surprising that new records for production diesel and biodiesel trucks were set this weekend at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. What is surprising is the vehicle that...

  • Traffic

    It's widely accepted in the auto industry that all manufacturers game the test cycles used to establish emissions and gas-mileage ratings. Ask auto engineers about the topic, and they tend to get a faraway look and go silent. But the test cycles established in 1978 and used ever since are far from the reality of U.S. driving in 2011. This means the results have to be manipulated using various "adjustment factors" to have any semblance of real-world relevance. One minute to 50 mph Take acceleration, for instance. How fast does your car go from 0 to 60 mph? If it's a standard family sedan or...

  • Building the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne's V-8 Engine
    Bentley To Fall In Line, Add Hybrids, Diesels To Its Lineup?

    A powerful diesel engine like the Volkswagen Group's V-12 TDI unit will be perfect for a stately and luxurious SUV from Bentley.

  • Chevrolet Beat Diesel (aka Chevy Spark) brochure image from India, Aug 2011
    GM Launches World's Second-Smallest Car Diesel, In Indian Beat

    It must be the Chevrolet Spark minicar's moment in the sun. Last week, GM confirmed that the smallest Chevy ever sold will come to the U.S. as a 2013 model. Then we put two and two together to wonder if Chevy's first all-electric car might be a converted Spark. What we forgot to mention--until...

  • The group at the end of the Pan-American Highway. Image: Volkswagen
    2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sets New Record On Pan-American Highway

    A 2011 Volkswagen Touareg, piloted by a trio of German drivers, set a new world record for traversing the length of the Pan-American highway.

  • Mazda SKY-D Engine
    Mazda Next-Gen Sky-D Diesel: Cleaner Than VW TDI?

    The Mazda 2.0-liter Sky-D clean-diesel engine, when it makes its debut in a year or two, will almost certainly be the cleanest of the lot.

  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
    More Volkswagen Diesel Woes: Feds Investigate 2011 Jetta TDI

    Volkswagen's TDI diesel engines have long attracted fans and repeat buyers. But now a second investigation this year into the reliability of its TDI engines may cast a shadow over its newest fuel-efficient clean-diesel vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week launched...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    We get some of our most interesting topics from reader questions. Past questions include how emergency responders should react to hybrid and electric cars, and whether towing a Prius behind a motorhome is a good idea. Today, we have a query about green cars (not trucks) that offer all-wheel drive. Our reader Stephen Fryer writes: Will there be any non-SUV hybrids or diesels with all-wheel drive (e.g. Audi TDI with Quattro, BMW D with Xdrive) available in the U.S. in the next two years? That's a great question, Stephen (we're big fans of all-wheel drive too). So, here's what we know. AWD green...

  • 2012 Audi A6 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    2012 Audi A6 To Offer High-MPG Hybrid, Clean-Diesel Models

    Despite lack of an official confirmation from Audi of America, we'd bet significant money on the arrival of the Audi A6 Hybrid in the U.S. market. Why? Because the U.S. has the highest hybrid penetration of any market in the world except Japan, and "hybrid" means "high gas mileage" to a large...

  • Auriga Leader hybrid cargo ship
    How To Send Hybrid Cars From Japan? Diesel-Hybrid Cargo Ship, Of Course

    In this day and age, when it comes to being green, looking at the end result is never enough. You have to take a life cycle approach to assessing how green something is, which in the case of cars, means looking at how they are manufactured and delivered to your driveway. Unfortunately, most cars...

  • Bluetec logo (Dodge Ram HD)
    Adding Urea To Clean Diesel Cars: Can I Just Pee In The Tank?

    We get punchy around High Gear Media occasionally, and sometimes we BS back and forth about topics less salubrious than, say, fuel efficiency and lowering our oil dependency. Which is how the following question came up: If the urea runs low in my new clean-diesel car, can I just pee in the tank to...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI
    Bosch Predicts Diesel Sales To Reach 10 Percent Of U.S. Market By 2015

    Diesel models may account for more than half of all new car sales in Europe but in the U.S. their numbers still hover around just 3 percent of the market. This in part because of a national memory of the noisy and polluting diesels of three decades ago, and in part because diesel fuel and engines...

  • 2011 Saab 9-4X
    Could China’s Hawtai Supply Saab With High-MPG Clean Diesels?

    Saab's new deal with a fledgling Chinese automaker doesn't just mean a lifeline for the struggling Swedish automaker; it could over the longer term become a much-needed powertrain supplier—especially in the area of clean diesels. Through the deal that's almost finalized, Hawtai Motor Group...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

    In some new cars, you can't learn enough over the course of a first drive. There's not enough time to experience every handling nuance, or every electronic helper, in a hundred miles or less. With the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, you'll find the opposite. Spending more than 2000 miles behind the wheel doesn't tell you anything more than you'd find in the first dozen miles--that the TDI is probably the best Jetta you can buy, and a great counterpoint to the argument that hybrids are the only green cars Americans really want. The proof accumulates with lots of highway miles. Our red turbodiesel...

  • Hybrid parking spot, by Flickr user rscottjones
    Attention, Shoppers: Infiniti QX56s, Diesels Are NOT Hybrids

    It will come as a horrible shock to the driver of the pale green Infiniti QX56, but the 2-ton-plus full-size sport utility vehicle is not actually a hybrid. Nor, for that matter, is a Volkswagen Passat TDI--though it at least has a diesel engine, which gives higher gas mileage than the QX56's...

  • 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Jeep Grand Cherokee Getting 3.0-Liter Turbodiesel By 2013: Report

    It's the news Jeep fans all across the country have be waiting years for. That one little tidbit execs at Jeep love to deny but no longer can--that the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be offered with an advanced VM Motori turbodiesel engine in the U.S. by 2013. The information was reportedly revealed...

  • Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
    Ford Still Bearish On Diesels, Product Chief Derrick Kuzak Explains Why

    It’s the age-old question: Why do we still not have the wide range of clean-diesel models that automakers have offered to the rest of the world for decades? It’s proven that diesel powered cars can offer hybrid-like fuel economy--even better in some situations--as well as thrilling...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI
    Audi Powers Onward With Clean-Diesel Lineup For U.S. Buyers

    While Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are the long-term diesel stalwarts in the States, relative newcomer Audi has ambitious plans. During a lengthy teleconference yesterday, Audi confirmed that it would add TDI clean-diesel models to every car it offers in the U.S. market by 2015. Audi has frequently...

  • Volvo C30 Electric
    With Green Cars, A License To Drive More?

    Sweden has, for several years, led the world in per-capita green-car ownership. And it's managed to strengthen economically without increasing industrial carbon emissions. But it's emitting more from its tailpipes. Swedes are driving more—enough to wipe away any the gains from greener...

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