The EPA recently released fuel economy figures for the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel, and at 28 city/39 highway/32 combined, they’re good. Very good. Best In Class Good. But will anyone buy this thing? After running some numbers and looking at specs, it looks like an incredibly tough sell.
Call it a guilty pleasure if you must, but there is just something about the second-generation Dodge Ram that won’t let my subconscious rest.
Last week Germany’s titans of industry held a huge summit to try and convince European cities and the rest of the world that despite negative press from Volkswagen’s global cheating scandal, diesel passenger cars do have a future and should not face bans. But even Germany’s leader concedes she’s not optimistic about…
Volkswagen sold about 480,000 cheating TDIs in the United states between 2009 and 2015. Over the past year, the company has been slowly rolling out fixes for small portions of that fleet. But today VW just declared that it has a fix for 326,000 cars—almost all of the remaining affected 2.0-liters. This is huge news…
In the U.S., diesel engines are often only associated with huge work trucks, whereas elsewhere around the globe, you’ll find the technology in tiny city cars. That might make you wonder: how different are these engine types, anyhow? Here’s Car Throttle with a little refresher to help you out.
Meet one of the most insane diesel truck builds we’ve ever seen: Old Smokey F1. In its tastefully patina’d 1949 Ford engine bay lies a beautifully built twin-turbo diesel engine good for 1,233 horsepower at the wheels and 2,000 ft-lbs of torque. Holy crap, that’s a lot of tire-killing insanity.
France—particularly, Paris, with its dreadful air quality—has staked a battle against cars over the past several years, with car-free days, older-car bans, and diatribes against owning a personal vehicle. Now, the government of France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, wants to ban the sale of all gasoline and diesel…
Oldsmobile diesels of the 1970s and 1980s are the subject of much derision for being noisy, slow and prone to failure. Finally, we found a good use for them: sick burnouts.
Audi development boss Peter Mertens said diesel is never coming back stateside and it’s all America’s fault in an interview with Car And Driver during last weekend’s Formula E race. Alright, then.
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Somehow, America has gotten to a point where we need the government to tell us to stop spewing black unburned diesel fuel all over our fellow citizens. We’re all a bunch of idiots, really.
A class-action lawsuit filed on Thursday accuses General Motors of installing defeat devices in more than 700,000 trucks to beat emissions tests in the U.S., the latest in a string of diesel cheating allegations against automakers.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently filed a civil lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by installing undisclosed “defeat devices” on 3.0-liter diesel vehicles. But even though we’ve heard that term before, this case isn’t quite as simple.
After nearly two years since Volkswagen admitted to cheating emissions tests on over 475,000 diesel vehicles, the EPA and California Air Resources Board have approved a fix for over 84,000 offending vehicles. Only a few hundred thousand more to go!
The all-new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is a pretty damn good compact car. For buyers who prefer the added torque and fuel efficiency of a diesel—and still think that fuel has a future in America after Volkswagen lit it all on fire—Chevy has you covered for a starting price of less than $25,000.
Nothing says ‘sweet summer innocence’ like getting a cool treat from a stranger driving a van. However, such snacks might be harmful to kids, and we’re not talking about just the refined sugar here. Reporters from The Daily Mail in England took a bunch of emissions readings from ice cream trucks in England, and found…
The Colorado state legislature has finally passed a bill explicitly banning the practice of “rolling coal” in diesel vehicles, but only after a silly debate over the bill’s language.
Just when you abandoned the idea of buying a German car with a diesel motor, BMW will bring over an oil-burning version of the recently updated 5 Series. When? We don’t know. Which one? That’s a bit clearer. It will not be the awesome quad-turbo M550d xDrive, but rather most likely be called the 540d.
If Volkswagen can’t find a fix to its cheating TDI diesels, the cars will have to be “responsibly recycled,” which is just another way of saying they’re going to the junkyard. Is this really better for the environment than simply keeping the highly fuel efficient cars on the road? The answer is: we don’t know.
In 2015, Researchers from MIT, Harvard and Hasselt University (in Belgium) estimated that VW’s 482,000 cheating diesels would lead to an estimated 59 premature deaths in the U.S. Now some of those same researchers have taken a look at the 2.6 million TDIs sold in Germany, and the premature death figures are staggering.