How things can change in 18 months. Just in April of last year, BMW was swearing there was still a market and a place for its diesel engines in America, even as Volkswagen had to hastily withdraw them amid its cheating scandal. Then Mercedes-Benz pulled them too. Now the future of BMW’s diesels in the U.S. seems…
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Like their food, the French take their wagons very seriously. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Pug 504 is a perfect example of how seriously that is. Let’s see if its price still has you asking “are you joking?”
The biggest 3-cylinder diesel ever made was made for the Alfa Romeo 33 in 1986, and for all the wrong reasons.
Devastating news for Volkswagen diesel fans broke earlier today that the company was reportedly cheating on its Environmental Protection Agency smog tests of nearly 500,000 cars. But they’ve been touting their supposedly “clean” diesel tech for awhile. So why and when did they delete all their diesel ads from YouTube?
The New York Times reports Volkswagen has been ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency to recall 482,000 diesel cars in the U.S. over software they say was intentionally designed to circumvent smog regulations. (See updates below, but no recalls yet.)
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The Wärtsilä 14RT-flex96C is not the latest deadly virus coming from the tropics to kill you, despite its name. It is, in fact, a diesel engine, designed by a Finnish company, and built in Korea. It is a very powerful engine. It is also a very enormous engine. Bigger than your house. I promise.
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Volkswagen has a problem with their diesel engines: You. You people keep ruining them by filling them with gasoline instead of diesel fuel.
Could you really stand the thought of a diesel Mazda Miata? Mazda engineers are apparently toying with the idea of the fourth-generation of the roadster, due in the next couple of years, being available with a super-efficient, yet totally uncharacteristic, engine.
For years now we've been seeing carmakers trend towards smaller engines. V8s are getting dropped for V6s, and V6s are getting dropped for turbo fours. While that's good for emissions and fuel economy — and in many cases, performance hasn't suffered either — big engines are undeniably great in their own way.
The diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Passat, Beetle and Audi A3 have been amongst the most popular diesel vehicles on the market (partially because they're most of the market), with dealerships reporting constant high demand -– TDIs are about 90 percent of sales in the case of the Jetta Sport Wagon.
Volkswagen said today it would recall nearly 170,000 diesel-powered Golfs, Jettas and Audi A3 to fix a fuel line that could leak. What makes it more interesting is just how hard VW had to work to find the defect.