Diesel Cars

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show

    Porsche wasn't able to avoid the recent diesel emissions scandal that afflicted a number of Volkswagen Group brands, with a diesel version of its popular Cayenne SUV among the vehicles fitted with emissions cheating software. With regulators now tightening emissions standards and placing extra scrutiny on diesel emissions in particular, Porsche has decided that it will no longer offer the engines. “There won’t be any more diesel cars from Porsche in the future,” CEO Oliver Blume confirmed in an interview with Germany's Bild am Sonntag published Saturday. The confirmation...

  • 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance
    BMW is "putting all our eggs in PHEV basket," diesels dead in US after 2018

    UPDATE: BMW has clarified its statement to Motor Authority in an email. "The final decision as to whether or not the BMW X5 diesel variant will come to the U.S. market has not been made. BMW of North America continues to monitor customer preferences and is prepared to adjust the product portfolio...

  • Mercedes-Benz C220d
    Daimler recalls 774,000 diesel vehicles in Europe because of illegal emissions control devices

    Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has been ordered to recall some 774,000 vehicles in Europe after German transportation officials allegedly found up to five illegal emissions control devices on a handful of cars. According to Bloomberg, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported...

  • Hamburg (Image: Flickr user LuxTonnerre, used under CC license)
    Germany's second-biggest city to introduce diesel bans on May 31

    Hamburg will become Germany's first city to impose a ban on diesel cars. The ban will be introduced on May 31 but only along two major roads in the city center. A number of signs have been erected to warn drivers of the ban and suggest alternative routes. It's not a blanket ban on diesel, as it is...

  • 2018 Volvo S90, V90, XC60 and XC90 T8 Twin Engine
    Volvo ditches diesel

    Volvo announced Wednesday that from 2019 it will no longer launch cars fitted with diesel engines. It follows the automaker's announcement last July that every car it launches from 2019 will feature some form of electrification, whether it be mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power. The...

  • Martin Winterkorn
    Report: Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn facing US charges in dieselgate scandal

    A Michigan federal court has charged former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding the U.S. for his role in the VW diesel emissions scandal, according to a report from Reuters. Winterkorn resigned in September 2015, shortly after the company admitted that its 2.0-liter turbodiesel...

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class (GLS 550)

    Diesel has, more or less, become a rather dirty word in the aftermath of Volkswagen's dieselgate scandal. However, as the majority of European automakers back away from the fuel, Mercedes-Benz isn't ready to walk away from it just yet. Mercedes-Benz head, Dieter Zetsche, told Autocar in a Monday report that consumer confidence in diesel powertrains is still rather high, despite the political discussions ongoing in Europe. He said customers in Europe bought more diesels in 2017 than in 2016, though 2018 is showing a slight dip. More than 50 percent of Mercedes-Benz's sales still come from...

  • Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
    How did Volkswagen's diesel defeat device work?

    Every media outlet in the world covered Volkswagen's tangled web of lies and deceit as "Dieselgate" opened up and spewed the truth nearly three years ago. Its consequences are ongoing today, and VW's future trajectory has been changed forever. But, how exactly did VW's "defeat device" work? Jason...

  • Volkswagen Golf Mk1
    German cities given green light to ban older diesel cars

    Germany's top court has given the green light to the cities of Stuttgart and Duesseldorf to ban older, more polluting diesel cars from entering areas worst affected by pollution. The ruling was made Tuesday by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig in response to appeals from some German...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Porsche is officially done with diesels

    Porsche in recent months has been in the midst of internal talks regarding the future of diesel engines within its own lineup. Those talks are clearly over, because the German automaker has just killed off the last remaining oil-burner holdouts in the lineup. For Porsche, diesel is now officially...

  • 2018 BMW 5-Series
    Power to the people: Diesel BMW 5-Series headed to the States, on sale next month

    We'll stop short of saying diesel has been resurrected, but reports of the oil-burner's demise may have been premature. This month, the EPA certified for sale the 2018 BMW 540d xDrive and rated the diesel-powered sedan at 26 mpg city, 36 highway, 30 combined. It will go on sale in the U.S. in...

  • Duraburb 2017 Chevrolet Surburan 3500 Heavy Duty
    Meet the 2017 One-Ton Duramax diesel-powered Chevy Suburban

    If you want to buy a new Chevrolet Suburban 3500 Heavy Duty from your local dealer, tough luck. Want a diesel-powered Suburban or Tahoe? You must've been dreaming. Wake up to Duraburb Inc's creation. Based out of Apopka, Florida, Duraburb has been converting full-size GM SUVs to diesel power since...

  • Hyundai SUV roadmap

    Hyundai’s been caught out by the consumer shift to SUVs and pickup trucks, and this is reflected in the automaker’s sales which in the first half of the year are down nearly 11 percent compared to an overall market decline of only 2.9 percent. The picture is much bleaker when you focus solely on Hyundai’s sedans. In response, Hyundai is planning an onslaught of SUVs as well as a pickup truck. On Wednesday, the automaker presented a roadmap for its new SUVs. Timing on the pickup truck is still murky though we’ve heard a launch around 2020 is possible. As for the SUVs...

  • Audi e-diesel plant in Laufenburg, Switzerland
    Audi will turn renewable energy into synthetic diesel

    In 2011, Audi announced radical plans to start energy production using wind farms located in the North Sea. By feeding this renewable energy back into the grid, Audi could boast that the energy used by its future electric cars would be completely clean. However, instead of stopping there, Audi...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    German Chancellor Merkel says non-electrified cars will be phased out, but won’t say when

    Governments, particularly in Europe, are under pressure to curb emissions. In July, both France and the United Kingdom agreed to ban the sale of cars powered solely by gasoline or diesel by 2040. But the government in Germany, a country perhaps more closely linked with its auto industry than any...

  • 2018 Ram 3500HD
    2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty makes 930 lb-ft of torque, may rotate earth

    The 2018 Ram 3500 can lay claim to two automotive superlatives. At least, right now it can. When equipped with a 6.7-liter turbodiesel, dual rear wheels, Aisin 6-speed automatic, and a 4.10 rear axle ratio, the 2018 Ram 3500 will make 930 pound-feet of torque and haul a 30,000-pound fifth-wheel...

  • 2015 Audi Q7 TDI
    German automakers propose 25 percent NOx reduction, even in older models, to avoid ditching diesels

    Automakers have spent billions developing diesel engines to help meet tougher carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards, so understandably they aren’t willing to walk away from the technology just yet. But diesels are very much on the nose in the wake of the Volkswagen Group scandal, with some...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Porsche Cayenne recalled in Europe due to diesel cheating concerns

    Following a recent probe, Germany’s official transport authority, the KBA, on Thursday ordered Porsche to recall 22,000 Cayenne SUVs across Europe after discovering emissions cheating software. The recalled Cayennes are those examples fitted with a 3.0-liter diesel engine, the same fitted to...

  • 1200-HP diesel-powered race truck

    What happens when an old truck is tuned to make 1,200 horsepower from a Cummins diesel engine? Rubber is burned, and plumes of tire smoke are created. Hoonigan had Chuckle's Garage stop by with this monster: a vintage Ford pickup truck turned into a lean, mean, racing machine. As mentioned, it makes 1,200 hp from a couple of turbos and a Cummins diesel engine. However, it's not a regular Cummins diesel we're talking about. The engine is actually a 5.9-liter V-8 Cummins engine from a Freightliner truck. So, already it's poised for power. Then, Chuckle's Garage added the turbos and cranked the...

  • 2015 Audi Q7 TDI
    VW Group, Daimler and BMW accused of cartel behavior

    As investigations into diesel-emission cheating deepen, accusations have arisen that the Volkswagen Group, Daimler and the BMW Group may have colluded on development of diesel engines and other areas. Germany’s Der Spiegel reported on Friday that starting in the 1990s, the three automakers...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Porsche probed, ex-Audi manager arrested for fraud and false advertising

    Further investigations into the Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal have led to the arrest of a former Audi manager as well as a probe into Porsche by investigators in Germany. Both instances involve allegations of fraud and false advertising relating to diesel emissions. In the case of...

  • Karl-Thomas Neumann
    Opel CEO Neumann steps down, is tipped to take lead role at Audi

    Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann confirmed on Monday he is stepping down. He will remain a member of the board until after General Motors’ sale of Opel to French auto giant PSA Group is completed. The sale was announced in March and is expected to close in the coming months. Neumann's replacement...

  • 2018 Porsche 911 GT3
    Report: Porsche being investigated for defeat device in Germany

    The Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal is finally starting to settle here in the United States but over in Europe things are flaring up again. This time it’s the Audi and Porsche brands in the crossfire. Germany’s Wirtschaftswoche reported on Friday that Porsche is being...

  • GM Renaissance Center American flag
    GM sued over potentially cheating diesel emission tests, but not by feds

    The state of diesel-powered passenger vehicles has been precarious since Volkswagen's scandal broke nearly two years ago. Since then, other automakers have been accused of abusing auxiliary emission control devices. Now, the blame turns to General Motors. According to Reuters, GM has been served a...

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