Diesels

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

    Got a 2009 or 2010 Volkswagen Golf or Jetta with the TDI clean diesel engine? Or an Audi A3 TDI? Ever had the engine stall unexpectedly? If so, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration might like to hear from you. The NHTSA announced Friday on its website that it is upgrading an investigation into fuel-pump failures on VW's TDI-engine vehicles to what it calls an engineering analysis. In many cases, the results of that analysis may be used in a recall to fix a defect that has been identified and shown to affect a disproportionate number of vehicles. One accident and 160 complaints...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
    2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC Making U.S. Debut In Detroit

    Our cousins across the Atlantic got the new diesel-powered S-Class in June of last year, which we reported on back then. Now, on the eve of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will finally be bringing its fuel-efficient flagship sedan to U.S. soil. Set to debut at this...

  • diesel and AdBlue fillers in Audi Q7 TDI
    Green Advice: You Filled A Diesel Car With Gasoline; Now What?

    Unless you're Argonne Laboratories, putting gasoline into a diesel fueled car is a bad problem. Maybe it was brain fade. Perhaps you rented or borrowed an unfamiliar car. Or you simply didn't realize that nice Volkswagen or Mercedes-Benz was a new, clean-diesel car. (It also happens to particularly...

  • Waste plastic bottles
    British Firm Producing Diesel Fuel From Plastic Bottles

    There seems to be no end to the list of waste products that can be converted into useable diesel fuel. The latest material researchers are using to create a renewable fuel source to power everything from cars to power generators to even water desalination plants is plastic bottles, the kind that...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    Audi To Add Diesel Versions Of Every Model It Makes By 2015

    In Europe, roughly half of all passenger cars sold come with fuel-efficient diesel engines. But for a variety of reasons, passenger diesels haven't caught on in the States, though the number is climbing slowly. Audi, proud of its diesel engine technology--which, among other things, has won the...

  • 2011 BMW 335d sedan
    2010 BMW 335d: Green Rock 'N Roll

    BMW’s 3-Series has been at the top of any enthusiast’s shopping list of sporting sedans. With tidy aesthetics, fabulous chassis dynamics, enviable drivetrain choices and luxury cachet, the 3-Series is a world-beater year in and year out. Last year BMW began bringing its turbodiesel...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

    The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta arrives this fall in showrooms, but the German automaker's already planning on two green versions of the new compact four-door for U.S. customers. When it goes on sale, the Jetta will assume its usual place in the VW lineup, beneath the Passat and atop a likely addition to the family, the new Volkswagen Polo subcompact. And of course, a TDI version is part of the strategy. The turbodiesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder is essentially the clean diesel found in the 2010 Jetta, with output of 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Highway fuel economy of more than 40 mpg...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid
    Mercedes-Benz Diesels And Hybrids: Green Goodness, Slow Sales?

    Mercedes-Benz offers a clean-diesel Bluetec version of each of its large utility vehicles, the R-Class, GL-Class, and M-Class, along with a Hybrid version of the ML. But even combined, the standard gasoline versions of these vehicles are still far ou

  • Fiat FCC II Concept, 2010 Michelin Challenge Bibendum
    Challenge Bibendum: 7 Cars from The Sustainable Future

    The Challenge Bibendum brings the sustainable-mobility world together every year or so--though sometimes, the 2010 edition of the Bibendum didn't come together as quickly as planned. It's a long way from North America to South America, after all. On day one, our travel group was cleaved in half by...

  • 2011 BMW 5-Series (Euro spec)
    BMW To Add Diesel 5-Series & Another Model, Maybe Diesel Four?

    The list of cars offered to U.S. buyers in gasoline, diesel, and hybrid models is going to get longer. On the heels of its confirmation that the 2012 BMW 5-Series will be offered with a full hybrid system, the company has also confirmed it'll sell a clean diesel version of the new 5-Series in the...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI named Green Car of the Year, 2009 LA Auto Show
    Green Car Sales: Winners and Losers of 2009

    It's beginning to look as if the worst is over for U.S. auto sales. The year that just closed was, in the immortal words of Queen Elizabeth II, an annus horribilis, with only 10.4 million vehicles sold, down 21 percent on 2008 and the lowest total since 1982. But some light seems to be appearing on...

  • Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
    Why Can't We Buy Small European Diesels in the U.S.?

    It may be the one question we hear most often here at GreenCarReports.com: Why can't I buy one of those great little fuel-efficient diesels, like they have in Europe? Take, for example, the ultra-high-mileage Econetic version of the Ford Fiesta, sold in Europe with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

    We seem to be covering the 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI clean diesel hatchback an awful lot here, but a recent blog post raised an issue we hadn't considered: How far can the 2010 Golf TDI go on a single tankful of diesel fuel? The question comes from blogger, host of #carchat on Twitter, and general all-around car personality Michael Banovsky. In reviewing the new 2010 Golf TDI for Canadian and U.S. outlets, he stumbled when calculating maximum range, because the two countries' fuel economy rankings differ. A lot. Does Canadian diesel go further? After doing the math to match gallons and liters...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    Driven: 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI, Clean Green Diesel Hatchback

    As regular readers no doubt recall, we [heart] the 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI. We think it'll be the big diesel winner in the U.S. market, and that's before we've even driven one. But Bengt Halvorson loved his drive in a European version of the 2010 Golf TDI. Now, our colleague Marty Padgett has...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    Clean Diesels Cost More, But Will Americans Pay For Them?

    It's well known in the car industry that a diesel engine costs 10 to 20 percent more to build than a gasoline motor of equivalent output. That's because diesels have to be sturdier, and these days all US-bound diesels are fitted with turbochargers to boost their power. Now a European executive has...

  • 2009 Volkswagen L1 Concept
    Frankfurt: Volkswagen's Radical 170-MPG Diesel Two-Seater

    Covering all the green-car bases at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled not only the E-Up electric city car concept but also the L1, a radical 170-mpg tandem two-seat diesel hybrid streamliner it says it will sell by 2013. The L1 name refers to the European concept of a "1-Liter" car...

  • General Motors' mysterious 230 logo
    August's Most Popular Green Car Posts: What About That 230 MPG?

    We usually recap our five most popular posts on GreenCarReports.com at the end of every month. We're a bit late for August but, hey, we had a long Labor Day too ... now we're back in business. We replaced most of July's most popular posts, with three new winners in our Top Five. Here goes: # 1: How...

  • 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
    2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: 36-39 MPG in Real-World Use

    Hybrid vs diesel: It's a longstanding green-car conundrum. Which is better, a hybrid-electric vehicle that recaptures wasted energy in a battery and uses it to assist the gasoline engine, or an efficient modern clean diesel that goes further on a gallon of fuel? The answer depends in part on your...

  • Mercedes-Benz 190 D BlueEfficiency, based on 1992 Mercedes 190 E 2.6 diesel

    Now, this is cool. You've likely seen the Mercedes-Benz diesels of the 1980s and 1990s chugging along somewhere or other. But how much better are today's clean diesels than the solid old oil-burners of 20 years ago that still power those sturdy survivors? Back to the future: 1992 to 2009 Mercedes-Benz set out to show us exactly how much faster and cleaner they are. The company started with a European 190 E 2.6 from 1992, a diesel C-Class model not sold in the US, a groundbreaking car at the time for the refinement of its fully encapsulated "whisper diesel" engine. Then it fitted the latest...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    2010 Audi A3 TDI Priced at $30K, $8K Over 2010 VW Golf TDI

    As of November, you'll have two choices if you want a compact five-door hatchback with a clean diesel engine. One is the brand-new 2010 Audi A3 TDI, which was just given a base price of $30,775 today by Audi. It'll start arriving in dealerships in November. Longstanding diesel champ: Golf TDI The...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door
    Preview: 2011 Volkswagen Polo

    Back in March, VW confirmed it would sell the Polo in the US in 2011. The five-door hatchback model was unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, and now Volkswagen has released details of the three-door hatch as well. US details to come It's like that VW will also offer a four-door...

  • Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 Concept
    Peugeot To Show First Production Diesel Hybrid, For Europe Only

    We're pretty focused on the US car market here at GreenCarReports.com, so we don't write about cars we won't be able to buy all that often. Today, we're making an exception for a particularly significant technology advance. Next month, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, French automaker Peugeot will...

  • Ward's Auto editors pitted a 2010 Toyota Prius against a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
    Hybrid Dusts Diesel On Trek To Michigan Auto-and-Golf Gathering

    Every August, executives from the world's auto industry gather in Traverse City, Michigan, for what's known as the Management Briefing Seminars. It's a mix of presentations, news, schmoozing (and, traditionally, golf) that ended yesterday. This year, the audience was down by one-third over last...

  • 2009 BMW 335d
    BMW Adds More Cash To Convince You To Buy Their Diesels

    Despite IRS tax credits and superior gas mileage figures, BMW is reportedly having a tough time selling its new diesels, the 2009 BMW 335d sports sedan and the 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d (yes, that's really its name). We've thought from the beginning that Volkswagen would be the big winner in selling...

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