• Clipper Creek two-car HCS-D40 charging station

    Volkswagen set a new EV record at the 'Ring, the Kona gets a hybrid in Europe, and Lotus plans an EV hypercar.

  • 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...

  • 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 Ford F-150
    Ford F-150 pickup to get V-6 diesel engine in spring 2018 (updated)

    Formerly the domain of heavy-duty pickups, diesel engines are slowly creeping into smaller trucks. Ram arguably started the most recent trend with the 1500's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. General Motors sells diesel-powered Chevrolet Colorados and GMC Canyons. Now, the Ford F-150 is getting in on the...

  • 2016 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 diesel models, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
    Range Rover Launches Two Diesel Models At Detroit Auto Show; Jaguar F-Pace Named

    Tonight, Jaguar Land Rover unveiled its first diesel-powered models to be sold in North America, joining the three German luxury brands in adding more fuel-efficient diesel engine options to its largest, heaviest sport-utility vehicles. The diesel will be offered as an option this fall on two...

  • 2015 Audi A3 TDI, New York City, Nov 2014
    2015 Audi A3 TDI Diesel: Fuel Economy Review

    The 2015 Audi A3 is the first all-new version of the compact luxury car since it was launched in the U.S. as a 2006 model. And there are a lot of changes. Most noticeable is its evolution from a five-door hatchback to a four-door sedan, facing it off neatly against the Mercedes-Benz CLA (also a...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan

    The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel went on sale almost a year ago, the first diesel passenger car sold by General Motors in 28 years. Hopes were high for the Cruze with the European turbodiesel engine, which effectively competed with the long-established Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the only other mainstream compact sedan fitted with a diesel. But of roughly 300,000 Chevy Cruze models sold from last July through June of this year, a mere 5,974 were the diesel model--or just 2.0 percent. DON'T MISS: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel: Ultimate Guide As reported in trade journal Ward's Auto last...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Quick First Drive Report

    The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the only half-ton truck on sale this year with a diesel engine.

  • 2014 BMW 535d xDrive, Catskill Mountains, Feb 2014
    2014 BMW 535d xDrive Diesel Sedan: Fuel Economy Drive Review

    For 2014, BMW offers diesel engines in its three sedan lines, and now we've spent a long weekend with the mid-size 5-Series sedan fitted with the fuel-efficient engine. Given the depth-of-winter test schedule, its xDrive all-wheel-drive system was very welcome--and almost a necessity for our...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
    2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Uses 'Maserati' Engine (Trivia Today)

    Well, OK, perhaps the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel doesn't have an engine actually designed by Maserati. But, hey, what other pickup truck can claim to use even the same engine as sexy, sinuous, six-figure Italian luxury sport sedans? As cleverly pointed out by Ward's Auto, the new diesel Ram 1500...

  • 2014 Audi Q5 TDI, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2013
    2014 Audi Q5 TDI Diesel Crossover: Fuel Economy Test

    U.S. car buyers are fond of compact crossovers, and they buy a lot of them. They range from high-volume entries by Toyota, Honda, Ford, and Chevrolet to more luxurious utility vehicles from the likes of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Range Rover. (Lincoln and Lexus will join that crowd next year.)...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
    2014 Mercedes-Benz E 250 BlueTEC Diesel Sedan Rated At 34 MPG

    The EPA has released fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E 250 BlueTEC, and they put it ahead of its diesel midsize luxury sedan rivals.

  • 2013 Audi A6 TDI

    As gas-mileage standards tighten steadily through 2025, how do you have a big, powerful, luxurious sedan more efficient? The Tesla Model S shows one way--make it all-electric--but other makers are taking other routes. Audi, perhaps more than any other German luxury make, says the answer is diesel engines. It's long sold its low-volume A3 compact hatchback and Q7 large sport-utility vehicle with TDI diesel engines as an option. One third to more than half of customers order them, depending on the model. From two to six TDIs But this year, as part of a wave of new diesel cars for 2014, Audi has...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan
    The New Diesel Cars For 2014

    With an increasing number of diesel passenger cars appearing in showrooms, car buyers have more options for fuel-efficient driving than they did only a few years ago. After a brief hiatus several years ago, when new and tougher emissions standards came into effect for diesel vehicles, the number...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
    2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Unveiled: 240 HP, Higher Fuel Economy

    Chrysler-Fiat took the wraps off its long-anticipated 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the first light-duty pickup truck to be offered with a diesel engine in many years. The new diesel pickup uses the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 already fitted to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel utility vehicle...

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC, upstate New York, April 2013
    2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC: Fuel Efficiency Drive Report

    Launched for 2009 and notably refreshed for the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class luxury compact crossover has never been particularly green. But with the mid-year addition of a new diesel version, its fuel efficiency goes up by a third--which isn't bad for a pricey, heavy crossover. Two...

  • Kia Rio Ecodynamics live photos, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Kia Rio Ecodynamics: Forbidden Fruit At 2011 Frankfurt Show

    For fans of ultra-economical vehicles living in the United States, life just isn't fair sometimes. While the European market gets to play with dozens of high MPG turbodiesels, we're often told to make do with small capacity gasoline engines that don't come close to matching diesel, even if they're...

  • Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi turbodiesel (Europe)
    2013 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Not Just MPG, MPH On Offer Too

    Diesels: Dirty and slow, right? Only if you've never left the 1980s. Diesel engine technology has come along in leaps and bounds over the past two decades and the best of today's diesel vehicles easily offer a compromise between performance and economy to best equivalent gasoline vehicles. General...

  • Porsche Panamera Diesel

    Introduced for 2010, the Porsche Panamera horrified purists but lured buyers all over the world. It was Porsche's first-ever four-door sedan, built in part for the burgeoning Chinese market, and its humpbacked styling is ... well, let's just say ... polarizing. Now Porsche has unveiled the most fuel-efficient Panamera yet, a clean diesel version that achieves a remarkable 37.3 mpg on the European cycle when fitted with low-rolling-resistance tires (and about 36 mpg without them). It also comes with a standard start-stop function, to switch off the engine while the car is stopped. (Note that...

  • 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic, high gas-mileage turbodiesel model for Europe
    Europe's Ford Focus Econetic 67-MPG Diesel Better Than Hybrids?

    Oh, the pain. We hear about all those special European models with astoundingly high gas mileage ratings, and we wonder, why can't we have them here? The latest is the 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic, which goes on sale in Europe later this year. During its debut yesterday at the Amsterdam Auto Show, Ford...

  • 2013 Audi A3 leaked official sketches
    Redesigned Audi A3 Getting New Sedan Model, Six Different Power Sources

    Audi is currently working on a new generation of its A3, a preview of which we got at last month’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show in the form of the Audi A3 Sedan concept. Since then we’ve received these official sketches showing the design of the production version due early next year. While...

  • 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...

  • Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi turbodiesel (Europe)
    2013 Chevrolet Cruze To Offer 2.0-Liter Clean-Diesel Option

    Last fall, GM executive Tom Stephens said the company would offer a passenger car with a clean-diesel engine in the U.S. market, its first since 1985. Now we know what that vehicle will be: a model of the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan. Workers at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant where the...

  • Volkswagen XL1 Concept
    Volkswagen Says It Will Build 2-Seat, 260-MPG Plug-In Hybrid

    What's good gas mileage? 30 mpg? 40 mpg? The 50-mpg combined rating of the 2011 Toyota Prius, the most fuel-efficient car sold in the U.S. this year? Nah. How about 261 miles per gallon? Or, for the Europeans in the house, a mere 24 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. You heard right. The...

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