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Study: Nearly 4 out of 5 American support higher fuel economy rules
Study: Nearly 4 out of 5 American support higher fuel economy rules

For the past month or so, the Environmental Protection Agency has been making headlines over its proposal to lower the fuel economy standards it had set for 2025. The EPA won't sign off on any changes to its plan until 2018, though, and in the meantime, at least one group is pushing it to...Read More»

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EPA lowers 54.5 mpg goal: technology is there, but shoppers aren't interested

If you're a fan of eco-friendly cars, we have good news, bad news, and good news. The good news is, a new report says that automakers already have the technology they need to achieve the Environmental Protection Agency's bold fuel economy goals for 2025. Issued in 2011, those goals aim for...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: California rejects 3.0-liter fix (again), fines VW $86 million

Tesla isn't the only automaker that's having a bad week. If Elon Musk is buying, Volkswagen could use a drink or three. At the end of June, Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal seemed like it was finally coming to an end--or at least the beginning of an end. After nearly ten long, confusing months, the...Read More»

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Automakers want to dial down EPA's 2025 goals, but energy advocates & consumers push back

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled bold, new fuel economy standards for the year 2025. With less than a decade to go before that deadline, automakers are now asking the EPA to lower the high bar it's set, but energy advocates and the general public have urged the agency to stay...Read More»

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VW reaches $15.4 billion settlement, but Dieselgate is far from over

If you live in the U.S. and own an Audi or VW 2.0-liter diesel, today's your day--the day you learn how much Volkswagen plans to compensate you for buying an illegally rigged vehicle. It's also the day that you learn whether Volkswagen will buy back your car because you're too disgusted by the...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: $10.2 billion settlement reached, diesel owners lose $1500 resale value

It's a gloomy day across much of Europe, with markets in turmoil after UK residents voted to "Brexit" the EU. Volkswagen isn't doing much to improve matters: thanks to its ongoing Dieselgate scandal, the company is poised to make a massive payout to the U.S. (and its diesel owners), one employee is...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Fix deadline extended again, Muller promises 30+ electrics by 2025

Next Tuesday, June 21, is the big day: the day that Volkswagen has been ordered to reach an agreement with federal regulators regarding the company's plans to repair and/or buyback 2.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. Or rather, it should've been the big day. Unfortunately for 482,000 owners of...Read More»

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GM offering gift cards to make up for MPG errors, but do the problems run deeper?

Two weeks ago, General Motors ordered dealers to stop selling the 2016 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia until it could replace EPA stickers that overstated the SUVs' fuel economy. Last week, reports began to emerge that GM was planning to compensate 170,000 or so consumers who'd...Read More»

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Volkswagen has another fix for 3.0-liter Audi, Porsche, VW diesels: Will this one be approved?

Last month, Volkswagen submitted plans to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board to fix or buyback some 482,000 smaller, 2.0-liter diesels from Audi and VW. Now, it looks as if the German automaker is preparing another proposal to deal with 85,000 additional...Read More»

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Volkswagen diesel buyback proposed; now what about fix, timing, compensation?

In a San Francisco federal court, Volkswagen today formally submitted its proposal to remedy the excessive tailpipe pollution of nearly a half a million vehicles with software designed to circumvent emissions tests—and emissions that were, in some cases, many times the legal limit. Included...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Fix deadline may pass again, Mercedes sued for diesel cheating, too

It's tough to keep up with all the news about Volkswagen's 11 million illegally equipped diesels, so we've summed up some of the biggest Dieselgate stories of the past week: Volkswagen may miss fix deadline again: In February, a federal judge gave Volkswagen until March 24 to submit a fix for...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate Update: Judge Sets March Deadline For Repair Plan, EPA Asks For EVs, More

It's been another dizzying week of Volkswagen dieselgate news. Based on what we've seen, the company appears to be inching toward plans to repair 11 million "clean diesel" vehicles equipped with emissions-test-cheating software. However, those plans may not be limited to a straightforward recall...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate Fixes Slammed By CARB & EPA For "Gaps" & Lack Of Detail: What Now?

Wolfsburg, we have a problem. Yesterday, we told you about a couple of plans that Volkswagen may have been considering to fix roughly 567,000 U.S. diesels and bring them in line with federal and state emissions laws. Alas, those and other plans have been given a big ol' thumbs-down by the...Read More»

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All VW, Audi, Porsche Diesels Have Had Illegal Software Since 2009: U.S. Fines May Hit $21.2 Billion

Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal continues its gruesome shock-and-awe assault on the world's headlines. Late last week, the automaker finally admitted that the Environmental Protection Agency was correct when it said that Volkswagen had installed illegal emissions control software on its 3.0-liter...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate Cheat Sheet: The High (And Low) Points So Far

We're nearly two months into the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, and thanks to the internet (not to mention Planet Earth's 24-hour news cycle), the story of what went wrong and what Volkswagen is doing to fix it is more complicated than ever. And so, we'd like to provide a little cheat sheet -- a...Read More»

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EPA Takes Its Emissions Tests Out Of The Labs & Onto The Streets

Lots of people are hoppin' mad about Volkswagen's emissions-test-cheating software, but few are as upset as the folks at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To discover how commonplace Volkswagen's illegal code may be and to ensure that a scandal like this doesn't pop up again, the New York...Read More»

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Volkswagen's Very Bad Week: The News 'Til Now

To say that this has been a bad week for Volkswagen would be like saying that John Boehner's resignation this morning was a little surprising, or that Kim Kardashian likes a bit of attention now and then. What began last Friday as a handful of accusations from the Environmental Protection Agency...Read More»

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EPA May Soften 2025 Fuel Economy Standards To Let Americans Keep Their Trucks & SUVs

Four years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a plan to boost fuel economy dramatically by the year 2025. Though things aren't progressing as quickly as some had hoped, a few months ago, the EPA insisted that automakers can still achieve a 54.5 mpg fleet-wide fuel economy within ten...Read More»

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Gas-Guzzlers Are On The Road To Extinction

Once upon a time, it was common to find new cars with fuel economy ratings of just 12 or 15 miles per gallon. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, though, those vehicles are much, much harder to come by today. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle explain that as...Read More»

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