How Honda Got An Impala To Meet EPA Regs When GM Said It Couldn't Be Done

The biggest carmaker in the world today, Volkswagen, cheated to comply with strict EPA emissions regulations. Back in the 1970s, the biggest carmaker in the world, GM, had a different strategy: claim the EPA’s standards could not be met. It looked like it would work, until little Honda stepped in with one of the… »9/24/15 4:45pm9/24/15 4:45pm

Watchdog Group Says Other Car Companies Are Cheating On Emissions All The Time

Volkswagen admitted to cheating on emissions tests with 11 million TDI engines worldwide, but are they alone in this? That’s what regulators and NGOs around the globe are trying to figure out at the moment, and at least one European group fears BMW, Mercedes and General Motors are doing the same kind of thing. »9/23/15 2:24pm9/23/15 2:24pm

VW Discontinued The Guilty TDI In 2014, So Why Can't You Buy The New Ones?

The diesel engines found in Volkswagen products since the 2015 model year are not the Type EA189 TDIs that admittedly have the emission cheating software installed, but VW still can’t sell you the newer Type EA288 TDI engines in 2015 and 2016 model year cars either. Why? We’re not sure yet. »9/22/15 12:37pm9/22/15 12:37pm

Understanding The 'Test Mode' That Let VW Trick The Emissions Test

Volkswagen faces a maximum fine of $18 billion for having diesels that are much dirtier in real world driving than during the EPA’s mandated tests. But how does a car know it is being tested? Consumer Reports explains that the method is simple and uses a feature common in modern cars — but VW is in hot water over how… »9/21/15 6:34pm9/21/15 6:34pm

The Unsung, Reviled Hero Of Modern High-Performance Cars Is The EPA

When you mention the EPA and automotive performance in the same sentence, most people who love cars will cringe and shudder, awakening hideous visions of smog-control plumbing that made engines look like rhino intestines and 5.7-liter V8 Firebirds making an anemic 155 HP. But the truth is the EPA is the unsung hero of… »3/05/15 10:35am3/05/15 10:35am

Everything That's Ridiculous About The EPA's Vehicle Classes In Pictures

You know how the EPA classifies car sizes? It's pretty fantastic, if you're a fan of things that make no rational sense whatsoever, like I am. It's all done based on interior volumes, which on one level is a great idea, and on another level is insane. Here's a few pictures to show what I mean. »11/18/14 9:30pm11/18/14 9:30pm

1970 Plymouth Superbird formerly owned by the EPA going to auction

The Environmental Protection Agency are certainly an unlikely owners for one of the ultimate muscle cars ever made, but that is exactly who purchased this 1970 Plymouth Superbird in 1972. The EPA decided they needed a car for emissions testing and purchased this car—then an Alpine White example with a 440 and… »1/29/12 2:00pm1/29/12 2:00pm