Diesel Cars

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke first drive: the uncertain diesel pickup truck
2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke first drive: the uncertain diesel pickup truck

Dark clouds above. Snow flurries falling. Gloomy view ahead. Seat heater engaged. It may be the end of April, but Colorado Highway 72—known locally as Coal Creek Canyon Road—isn’t ready for spring. The diesel-fueled 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke I’m piloting up this winding...Read More»

2012 BMW M Performance M550d Sedan
Police raid BMW headquarters in diesel emissions probe

Over 100 investigators raided two BMW facilities in Europe Tuesday searching for evidence that the automaker rigged software for their vehicles to pass tough diesel emissions standards. German police descended on the automaker’s Munich headquarters, while their Austrian counterparts visited...Read More»

Consumer Reports tests 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in 'cheat mode,' October 2015 [video frame]
VW settles Dieselgate lawsuit before trial

Volkswagen AG last week reached an agreement with more than 300 diesel car owners just days before what was expected to be a high-profile trial over the automaker's excessive diesel emissions. Reuters reported that Volkswagen reached a settlement Friday with David Doar, a North Carolina man, and...Read More»

2018 Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento diesel planned, could offer improved fuel-economy

Kia says that it will offer a diesel-powered version of its Sorento crossover in the U.S. by as early as the end of 2018. When it arrives, it will be one of only a handful of sparkplug-less offerings in this market and it could significantly improve the Sorento's fuel economy ratings. Kia’s...Read More»

2017 Ford Super Duty F-250
Lawsuit filed against Ford alleges automaker cheated on diesel-emissions test

A law firm that has carved out a reputation for aggressively pursuing automakers over diesel emissions has found a new target: Ford's heavy-duty pickups. The suit comes just days after Ford announced details for its upcoming F-150 diesel and is the latest in a string of accusations following VW's...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Kona
Surf's up: Hyundai announces crossover onslaught starting with Kona

Hyundai will bring to market eight new or redesigned crossovers to meet booming demand from buyers by the end of the decade, the automaker announced Wednesday in Detroit. The plan promises to bring to market new body styles, including the subcompact Hyundai Kona that will go on sale in March, but...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
Greenpeace boards ship to keep VW diesels out of UK

Last week, dozens of members of environmental activist group Greenpeace descended on a port in Kent, England, intent on preventing Volkswagen from importing more than 1,000 diesel-fueled vehicles into the UK. Forty people entered the port’s import lot and removed “thousands of...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Diesel deathwatch: No one wants diesels in Germany, either

Germans have had a long, lusty love affair with diesels. While motorists in some parts of the world have largely ignored diesel vehicles (looking at you, America), in Germany, consumers have snapped them up as quickly as homegrown companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz could turn them out. But not...Read More»

2017 Audi SQ7 TDI
Audi engineer implicates top brass in Dieselgate coverup

In the U.S., Volkswagen's Dieselgate drama has been largely resolved, but in Germany, the plot is thickening as a formal investigation uncovers more details about the company's wrongdoing. Most recently, a former Audi engineer has confessed that top Volkswagen officials knew about the company's...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Volkswagen launches cash-for-clunkers program in Germany to get older diesels off the road

In Germany, 2.6 million consumers bought diesel vehicles that were secretly equipped with Volkswagen's defeat devices. Those devices allow vehicles to cheat on emissions tests and may be responsible for 1,200 or more premature deaths across Europe. And yet, unlike the 560,000 owners of similarly...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
EPA approves fix for 326,000 VW diesels, but will owners take it?

If you live in the U.S. and you own one of the 475,000 or so 2.0-liter Audi or VW diesels affected by the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, we have good news and bad news. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: your car can probably be fixed. The Environmental Protection Agency and the...Read More»

Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London
UK to outlaw gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

No fossil fuels, please--we're British. That's the message put out by the United Kingdom's Environment Minister, Michael Gove, earlier today. Speaking to BBC Radio, Gove said that the U.K. plans to outlaw the sale of vehicles that run solely on gas or diesel by the year 2040. Completely details of...Read More»

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
Daimler will 'upgrade' 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe (and maybe some in the U.S.)

The past couple of years haven't been kind to diesels or the companies that make them. Among the hardest hit have been German manufacturers like Volkswagen, which has coughed up over $22 billion in fines and fixes so far, with many more opportunities for payouts down the road. (That said, U.S...Read More»

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class (GLK250 BlueTEC)
EU investigates whether Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, VW colluded on diesels

Many people assume that the upcoming movie about Volkswagen's Dieselgate fiasco will look a lot like Wall Street or The Insider: a tale of corporate greed run amok. If European investigators are proven right, though, the film could be more like The Matrix, because the plot is heading deeper and...Read More»

Porsche Panamera Diesel
Porsche may stop making diesels (but Audi is doubling down)

The four horsemen of the Diesel Apocalypse are saddling up. The signs are everywhere: Studies show that diesel emissions are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year; Automakers and suppliers the world over are being sued for not complying with clean-air laws; and, Many countries are...Read More»

Martin Winterkorn
Uh-oh: Volkswagen bosses learned about Dieselgate weeks before investors

In the U.S., much of the drama surrounding the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal has begun dying down. In Germany, however, the probe into Volkswagen's misdeeds is going full tilt, and reports indicate that investigators are now focused on a damning bit of evidence involving the company's top brass...Read More»

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)
France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center in an effort to reduce pollution. Now, France has gone several steps further, announcing plans to ban the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in the country by the year 2040. The announcement came from France's Environmental Minister, Nicolas...Read More»

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
EPA warned Fiat Chrysler about diesel defeat devices in 2015

In February, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO, Sergio Marchionne, warned investors that his company could soon face a Dieselgate crisis of its own. As it turns out, Marchionne had plenty of time to reach that conclusion. The Environmental Protection Agency met with FCA to express concerns about the...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Europe's Volkswagen owners are still getting shafted by Dieselgate

If you live in Europe and you own one of the 11 million Volkswagen diesels affected by Dieselgate, we regret to inform you that you're still getting shafted--at least in comparison to your peers across the pond. Last summer, 480,000 American owners of Audi and Volkswagen diesels equipped with...Read More»

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