Diesel Cars

  • Kia Habaniro Concept, 2019 New York International Auto Show

    After other automakers have walked away from diesels in the U.S., Mazda says it will add a long-awaited diesel to its CX-5 lineup. Mercedes-Benz showed off a new launch edition of its upcoming EQC electric SUV. Karma showed off its new lineup in Shanghai. Nikola revealed two new hybrid fuel-cell semitrucks. And a new survey of Northeastern drivers shows who's interested in electric cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Mazda has promised new diesel models since before the Volkswagen emissions scandal erupted in 2015. Now that most automakers have given up on the technology in the...

  • 2019 Mazda CX-5
    About time! Mazda CX-5 diesel arrives in summer 2019

    Will Mazda finally, after many years, put a new diesel vehicle on sale in the U.S.? If the announcement the automaker made today at the New York auto show is any indication, deliveries of the Mazda CX-5 diesel will start this summer. It’s been a long, long time since Mazda made the business...

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
    German prosecutors find collusion between automakers over diesel emissions

    The Mueller report may not show collusion between Russia and President Trump's campaign, but European anti-trust regulators say they have found collusion among German automakers to avoid cleaning up tailpipe emissions. On Friday, anti-trust regulators for the European Union charged BMW, Daimler...

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs
    VW sold twice as many diesels in 2018 as in 2017

    Volkswagen is scrambling to convert its business to building electric cars from building internal combustion cars to building electrics. But globally it hasn't put diesels behind it. According to a report by VW itself, global orders for its diesel vehicles rose from 39 percent of its products in...

  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
    RIP 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe diesel, we never knew ye

    The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe diesel experiment is over before it began. Brandon Ramirez, a spokesman for Hyundai, confirmed in Korea on Friday that the diesel-powered Santa Fe won't come to the U.S. after all. The move follows Kia's lead earlier this year, when that automaker canceled the 2.2-liter...

  • University of Michigan algae biodiesel project
    Algae blooms could be a boon for eco-diesel under DOE-funded project

    Algae-based biodiesel has been hyped in the past as a renewable fuel that can be produced here in the U.S., lowering greenhouse-gas emissions without displacing food crops or taxing water supplies. And yet it still hasn’t arrived in any significant way. There’s no single factor to blame...

  • 2018 Kia Sorento

    The Kia Sorento may not get a diesel version for the U.S. after all. On the eve of the Paris Motor Show and the introduction of the production-spec Kia Niro EV, company officials have confirmed that it’s shelved plans to bring any diesel model Stateside for now. The hold is officially temporary, but it's hard to see how it changes anytime soon. The diesel was likely put on hold by Kia due to the realities of launching one new powertrain technology at the same time the parent company is making a global push for a different one: EVs. CHECK OUT: 2018 Kia Soul EV gets bigger battery, range...

  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
    Burned by scandal, Porsche CEO says it's done building diesel cars

    Diesel is dead. At least, for Porsche it is. In a statement on the automaker's website, Porsche announced it would stop building diesel-powered cars and instead focus on electric cars. “Porsche is not demonising diesel. It is, and will remain, an important propulsion technology. We as a...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017
    Tesla troubles, best deals, and time running out on VW diesels: The Week in Reverse

    Who disputed EPA findings that less fuel-efficient cars will be safer? What did a second whistleblower at Tesla's Gigafactory allege? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending August 17, 2018. Friday, another whistleblower came...

  • Teaser for Pininfarina Battista debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show
    Best deals on green cars, Tesla scrutiny, Swiss stop diesels, EPA pushback: Today's Car News

    The SEC issues subpoenas to Tesla over CEO Elon Musk's plan to take the company private. Switzerland halts registrations of some diesels from Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. New records show internal pushback at the EPA over freezing fuel-economy regulations. And we run down the best deals on green cars...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show
    Swiss authorities halts some diesel Porsche, Mercedes-Benz over emissions

    Authorities in Switzerland halted registrations of some new Mercedes-Benz and Porsche vehicles because their diesel engines skirted emissions regulations, Reuters reported Thursday. Registrations of the small Mercedes-Benz Vito vans equipped with 1.6-liter diesel engines, and Porsche Macan and...

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs
    Time is running out for VW diesel claims

    Time is running out for owners of 2.0-liter VW TDIs to file their claims against the company and receive a settlement that could be worth at least $5,100. All claims in the diesel emissions lawsuit must be filed by Sept. 1. So far, Volkswagen has bought back more than 350,000 TDIs and repaired...

  • 2018 Mazda CX-5

    The Mazda CX-5 diesel took one step closer to production by receiving an EPA rating. Jalopnik made the find and reported the ratings on Wednesday. With front-wheel drive, the CX-5 diesel is rated at 28 mpg city, 31 highway, 29 combined. With all-wheel drive those numbers each drop by 1 mpg for ratings of 27 city, 30 highway, and 28 overall. The 2.2-liter diesel inline-4 gets no better ratings than the gas engine in the CX-5 on the highway, but it does boost city fuel economy ratings by 3 mpg across the board. Where the diesel shines is in torque, where it produces 280 pound-feet of torque and...

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs
    VW TDI owners face deadline to finalize claims (Updated)

    The VW diesel settlement is winding down. Owners of 2.0-liter 4-cylinder cars have to complete filing their settlement paperwork by Sept. 1 to be eligible for at least $5,100 in compensation from Volkswagen. All claims must be settled by Dec. 31, but they must be submitted by Sept. 1 to be...

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs
    Gauging VW's progress on second diesel-settlement anniversary (Updated)

    Thursday marks the second anniversary of the VW dieselgate settlement, representing almost half a million consumers who bought various models of VW TDI diesel cars and SUVs that failed to comply with federal or California emissions requirements. Under the court-ordered consent decree approved June...

  • Audi CEO Rupert Stadler
    Audi CEO arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

    VW's diesel scandal is far from over. In the latest move on the political chessboard, German authorities arrested the head of VW's luxury division Audi at his home Monday morning according to a Reuters report. German authorities cited concerns that Stadler could obstruct their ongoing investigation...

  • VW TDI badge
    Volkswagen Group fined $1.2B by German authorities for diesel scandal

    The fallout from a global emissions cheating scandal keeps falling. This week, German authorities fined Volkswagen AG nearly $1.2 billion for selling more than 10 million cars with emissions-cheating software. The sum pales in comparison to the billions Volkswagen has paid in the U.S., which has...

  • Mercedes-Benz C220d
    Daimler ordered to recall nearly 774,000 diesels in Europe for emissions software

    Stop us if you've heard this before: A major automaker will recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles for software that turns off emissions controls under certain circumstances. This time, it's Mercedes-Benz's parent company Daimler under investigation. Germany's transportation minister met with...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    Chevrolet announced last week that its upcoming 2019 Silverado full-size pickup will offer a new turbo-4 in place of the base V-6 in some models. Like the V-8s in some of GM's large pickups, the new engine will have active cylinder management that cuts two of the four cylinders during light loads. Earlier this year, GM announced that two of its available V-8 engines, a 6.2- and 5.3-liter V-8, can cut up to seven of their eight cylinders in specific circumstances. The new 2.7-liter turbo-4 will be the first 4-cylinder engine in a modern full-sized pickup, and will be the base engine in...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    New emails show FCA knew of diesel cheats as early as 2010: report

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles discussed using illegal software to cheat emissions tests in diesel versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram EcoDiesel pickup as early as 2010, newly revealed documents show. The emails, which were unsealed last week as part of a proposed class-action lawsuit against...

  • Brown 2011 Volkswagen TDI Sportwagen listed for sale after emissions repairs
    2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen driven: Fixed, but does it matter?

    The gentle rumble under the brown station wagon’s hood brings back memories of not too long ago as I sneak its 6-speed manual through the gears. So, too, the way it accelerates down a highway on-ramp—like warm maple syrup, the brown wagon moves substantially with just enough verve. From...

  • 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
    2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke first drive: diesel, the not-so-efficient way

    Ford has a gem of a diesel engine under the hood of the 2018 F-150 Power Stroke—as long as drivers aren’t enamored with good fuel economy. Wait, what? After a day of driving F-150 diesels in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado, unladen, with beds loaded up with...

  • Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
    Possible retrofits in Germany for dirtiest diesels could cost carmakers more

    These are not good times for the makers or owners of diesel cars, particularly in their European stronghold, where on average half of all new vehicles had been sold with diesel engines. Strict new real-world emission tests have proven hard to meet, consumers are starting to shy away from buying new...

  • Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs
    In pictures: Volkswagen TDI diesels await their fate in Pike's Peak shadow

    It might be the world’s largest single-company junkyard and pick-a-part business, if not for the prominent "No Trespassing" and "Drone-Free Zone" signs. Instead, it’s a massive storage facility in Colorado for thousands of disgraced VW and Audi TDI diesel vehicles awaiting whatever fate...