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10 ways new gas-mileage standards will reshape what Americans drive
10 ways new gas-mileage standards will reshape what Americans drive

Gas may be less than two bucks a gallon right now, but that doesn't mean that automakers aren't working hard to make cars use less fuel. Through 2025, U.S. fuel-economy regulations get increasing stiffer, requiring automakers to get to a fleet-wide average above 40 mpg combined on the window...Read More»

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EPA sticks to its guns, keeps 2025 emissions goals

No doubt about it: 2016 has been the Year of WTF. The latest proof comes in the form of an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency that it plans to maintain its current auto emissions goals for 2025. That wasn't what most observers expected. Then again, there may be more to this than...Read More»

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Breaking: Volkswagen reaches deal to fix most 3.0-liter Audi, Porsche, VW diesels

Are you sitting down? We hope so, because the near-impossible has happened. After having its proposals shot down not once, but twice, Volkswagen's plan to repair and/or buy back approximately 80,000 Audi, Porsche, and VW diesels has finally been approved by U.S. regulators. Apparently, the third...Read More»

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New federal big-rig standards promise to cut emissions by 25%, save owners $170 billion

There's been plenty of talk about the Environmental Protection Agency and its ambitious fuel economy goals for 2025. But those standards only apply to light-duty passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs: what about tractor trailers and other heavy-duty vehicles, which use billions of gallons of gasoline...Read More»

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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»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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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