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Porsche may drop diesel engines entirely by 2020

Earlier this month, we learned that France has made moves to ban diesel and gasoline fueled cars by stopping them from entering the city. More than that, they plan to completely get rid of these cars by 2040. Also, it is not just France that has plans on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as other European countries including the Netherlands and Germany may follow suit.

Having said that, how will automakers cope with this? Well, they only have one choice and that is to develop all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars and push them out to the market quickly. And that is exactly what Porsche has in mind. We all know that the whole VW Group is in trouble due to the emission scandal it faced, and the company will have to pay over $25 million for it as well as buy back the cars it has sold. This is why Porsche may have to totally drop diesel engines by 2020.

Therefore, the German company should soon make a decision whether their latest diesel-powered cars will truly be the last. Keep in mind that this will affect their current production line and perhaps their long-term plan. But they are already getting accusations of using steering movements to cheat emissions.

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2018 Chevy Cruze Diesel is priced from $24,670, sales begin in the fall

Amid reports that major rival Volkswagen would cease producing 2016 and 2017 model year diesel cars following the wake of the "Dieselgate" scandal, it’s believed that Chevrolet sees its opportunity and seeks to take advantage of it.

With Volkswagen allegedly put on the sidelines, Chevrolet aims to be one of the main sources of compact diesels. So it’s with this environment that the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze arrives. And the good news is that it will be equipped with packages that raise its convenience factor as well as its sportier aesthetic and performance.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has some new improvements that will come across as great news for loyal followers and car enthusiasts alike. The promising vehicle is considered as one of the most cost-effective non hybrid automobiles found in the US Market to date. The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel manual also boasts of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of an impressive 52 miles per gallon highway, 37 mph and 30 mpg city. Its automatic counterpart fitted a 9 speed auto transmission boasts the same average consumption, but its highway rating is around 47 mpg and city is 31 mpg. Now that's one automobile that we would like to get our hands on.

Read the entire article 2018 Chevy Cruze Diesel is priced from $24,670, sales begin in the fall

Mercedes-Benz drops plans to sell 2017 diesel models in the United States

It appears that the Dieselgate scandal masterminded and perpetrated by Volkswagen AG isn’t limited with company, but also has affected, albeit indirectly, its fellow carmakers from Germany. In fact, automotive customers in the United States might not be able to buy new diesel models from German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz (2017 model year).

Mercedes-Benz’ parent Daimler AG disclosed that it had dropped plans to have Mercedes’ diesel cars and engines certified in the US. Sans any certification, Mercedes-Benz cannot sell its diesel-powered 2017 premium vehicles in the country. Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran told Automotive News that the company is putting on hold the certification process for its diesel passenger cars in the US, as part of a review of the carmaker’s portfolio offerings.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t decided if it would totally exit from the American passenger diesel market, even though it would not be selling 2017 models in the region. However, given the current situation, an exodus from the American passenger diesel market in the future by Mercedes-Benz won’t be a surprise.

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2018 BMW M550d xDrive (G30/G31) debuts with four turbochargers

After launching the latest version of the BMW M550i xDrive, the German carmaker is now introducing its diesel counterpart -- the new M550d xDrive (G30/G31). Available either as a sedan or as touring model, the new M550d xDrive offers less output than the M550i xDrive, but has significantly more torque than the gasoline model.

Operating behind the scenes is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine that could be considered as the world’s most powerful of its kind in the automotive area. This six-cylinder diesel mill employs multi-stage turbocharging with four turbochargers, allowing it to provide up to 400 hp (294 kW) of output at 4,400 rpm and up to 560 lb.-ft. (760 Nm) of torque available from 2,000 rpm.

Interestingly around 332 lb.-ft. (450 Nm) of torque is readily available from just 1,000 rpm. In comparison, the M550i xDrive is powered an M Performance Turbo 8-cylinder TwinPower 4.4-liter engine with a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers and a High Precision Injection system. This gasoline engine could deliver 456 hp of max output at 5,550 rpm and 480 lb.-ft. of torque available at 1,800 rpm. When compared to the previous M550d xDrive, the latest iteration is more powerful by 19 hp (14 kW) and 15 lb.-ft. (20 Nm).

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Some may find it hard to believe, but Audi is no longer considering diesel models as its priority. This was confirmed by Audi Sport’s Stephan Winkelman himself in a recent interview with Motoring during the new RS 3’s premiere.

When asked to comment how dieselgate has affected the brand, the head for Audi’s performance division responded that it is now shifting its focus on to vehicles that are more appealing to the global consumers. Besides, Audi Sport is a brand that has to be credible and consistent. The core values he said, have to match the consistency of their products especially when it comes to handling, weight, range, top speed and acceleration.

In addition, Winkelmann thinks that since not all countries are the main market for diesel models, he no longer sees it useful to come out with just one engine. Having just one car to offer, he believes will lessen their opportunities particularly in North America and Asia. Due to limited budget and their need to build more vehicles that will cater to all markets worldwide, the diesel models as Winkelmann confirms will be more like a second priority.

Read the entire article Audi Sport changes its priorities, diesel models no longer its main concern

And so, the highest EPA-estimated fuel returns for the highway goes to Chevrolet! Looking back, Reuss of General Motors has said before that the latest Chevrolet Cruze could get an EPA rating that begins with a 5. Apparently, he’s right after the Cruze manual diesel’s official EPA figures show an average highway consumption of up to 52 mpg. Indeed, it is the highest fuel economy ever achieved on any non-EV and non-hybrid vehicle in the US.

This comes as positive news especially after the dieselgate scandal that has tainted the image of all diesel-powered engines. Everything else is water under the bridge so to speak. Volkswagen has clearly gotten rid of its Jetta Diesel and Golf Diesel models. Having said that, the Cruze is still behind most of the two-gas electric hybrids and plugin- EVs when it comes to the US pollution standards. On highway driving, the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid boasts up to 59 miles per gallon while the Toyota Prius Eco can give as much as 53 mpg.

Since the Chevy Cruze’s diesel manual variant is also mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, the results also show a combined fuel consumption of up to 37mpg. Based on the EPA test, the result shows at least 30mpg for city driving. On the same note, the other model with 9-speed automatic gearbox has virtually the same fuel consumption--- with 31mpg for the city and 47mpg for the high way.

Read the entire article 2017 Chevrolet Cruze achieves 52 mpg on EPA for its diesel manual variant

So, it will be goodbye for Volkswagen’s 1.5-liter TDI engine that was intended to replace the carmaker’s current 1.6-liter TDI unit. This comes as the German carmaker has decided not to continue the development of a replacement diesel unit that could have made its debut in the new generation of the VW Polo.

This was revealed by Frank Welsch, the chief of research and development at VW, to Autocar during a recent international media launching event for the carmaker’s new Golf in Spain. Welsch disclosed that VW is now abandoning its small diesel engine strategy due to many factors and will instead pursue a new venue to power its compact vehicles. Aside from stopping the development of its 1.5-liter TDI engine, VW is also halting its turbocharged 1.4-liter three-cylinder diesel engine. This smaller diesel engine is currently available for the present generation of the Polo.

The scrapped 1.5-liter TDI engine is an aluminum block high-pressure common rail powerplant intended to become a vital part of the German carmaker’s new small engine offensive. It will go in tandem with VW’s newly unfurled turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine that is found in the seventh-generation Golf facelift.

Read the entire article VW scraps new 1.5-liter TDI diesel engine in favor of small hybrid powertrains

Volkswagen Group’s dieselgate saga continues, but it appears the German company would be able to get out of trouble, but it would not be unscathed. This development comes as Volkswagen entered into an agreement with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulatory agencies to compensate customers whose vehicles are powered by the group’s 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines implicated in the emissions cheating scandal in 2015.

The new settlement agreement covers 83,000 Volkswagen Group vehicles powered by the group’s 3.0-liter TDI V6 engines that have been found to have employed software that helps them evade the emissions testing process. No thanks to this software, these V6 diesel engines seem cleaner than they actually are. Parties in the agreement – coming in the form of a proposed Consent Decree – include Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, US DOJ, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State of California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General. The latest settlement agreement is more or less similar to the one that covers Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter TDI engines.

Under the proposed Consent Decree, Volkswagen has agreed to recall and/or buy back the affected 3.0-liter TDI V6 vehicles from Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands. The program will be separated into two parts.

Read the entire article VW reaches agreement to recall and modify 3.0L V6 diesel engines involved in dieselgate scandal

If you’re an owner of any Volkswagen diesel vehicle covered by the recent court-approved buyback program in the United States and is considering stripping down your unit before turning it over to the carmaker, perhaps you shouldn’t do so, for now.

As it turned out, Volkswagen seems to not be happy about stripped-down diesel cars being resold to them, and is not keen on buying these vehicles back. Earlier this month it was reported that some owners of affected diesel vehicles were taking advantage of the term “operable” as defined by the buyback program. The buyback program defines an operable vehicle as one that can be driven under its own 2.0-liter TDI engine power.

This simply means that vehicle’s 2.0-liter TDI engine should still be able to function and drive the unit. Not a few believed that this could mean that even if an affected vehicle has been stripped down, it is still eligible for the buyback program as long as it can still be driven by its diesel engine. There was a claim that a customer was able to cash in from the program even if he removed the front fascia and headlights of his Golf GTI. Similar claims have also surfaced.

Read the entire article VW is unwilling to buy back stripped-down Dieselgate vehicles in the US

While Volkswagen is now on a steam to buy back models powered by its emissions-cheating diesel engine in the United States, owners of these vehicles were also trying to get back at the German carmaker. More likely, VW car owners are trying to get more of their money back.

In October this year, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California green-lighted an agreement settling the differences between the carmaker and private plaintiffs. Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and certain affiliates entered in April into an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulatory agencies to compensate vehicle owners whose units were affected by the so-called dieselgate scandal in 2015.

The agreement meant that owners could opt for either a buyback or a modification subject to government approval. Moreover, customers whose VW cars are leased could cancel the lease and return their units to the carmaker. Around 500,000 VW cars powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine in the US are affected. It was late 2015 when VW was found out to have been employing software that helps it evade emissions testing process and make its diesel engines seem cleaner than they actually are. The settlement is expected to cost the carmaker around $14.7 billion, of which around $10.33 billion will be used to buy back affected vehicles in the US.

Read the entire article Owners strip off VW Dieselgate cars before bringing them in for the buyback program

Although specs for the new Renault Megane had already surfaced several weeks ago, we didn’t know that the company has cooked up something new. Aside from the 200hp gasoline, Renault‘s new Megane GT hatchback can now be had with a 165hp dCi twin turbo engine.

The new diesel will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and will also come with an adjustable 4Control steering technology. Renault described the four-wheel control to adapt to the rear wheels’ turn-in angle for better driving and handling. In addition, the spring and damper settings have been calibrated even further to suit the vehicle’s GT characteristics.

Among its new features are the gunmetal rear diffuser, honeycomb grille, newly designed air intakes, improved suspension and four wheel steering. There is also a sportier GT exterior package that comes with perforated leather wrapped steering wheel and dark charcoal sport seats with built-in headrests.

Read the entire article 165 hp dCi diesel engine is now an option for the 2017 Renault Megane GT

There may be bad news for Mercedes-Benz drivers in the United States who love its diesel offerings and have been waiting for the latest iteration of their favorite diesel models to arrive in the country. Well, it is just that Mercedes is now mulling to stop selling the diesel versions of its premium luxury lineup in the US, no thanks to declining demand for its offerings and to the stricter implementation of emissions regulations and rules in the country.

This comes after Mercedes dropped plans to offer the diesel-powered Mercedes C300d 4Matic to the United States. Mercedes C300d 4Matic was supposed to commence sales of the Mercedes-Benz C300d 4Matic in the US months ago and had postponed those plans. Supposed to be the US version equivalent of the C250d 4Matic that is being sold in Europe, the US-spec C300d 4Matic was previewed June 2015 with a near-production prototype at the Pikes Peak, where it posted a new record for a series production car with a course time of 11.37 minutes.

Mercedes said at the time that the drive C300d could return 42 mpg on the highway and could be the first diesel model that would undercut the American ULEV 70 emissions limits. The C300d 4Matic was powered by a turbodiesel four-cylinder, 2.1-liter engine delivering 201 hp (150 kW) of output from 3,800 rpm and 369 pound-feet (500 Nm) of torque available at 1,600 rpm.

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Owners of Volkswagen Group vehicles affected by the so-called “Dieselgate” – involving its 2.0-liter TDI engine in particular – would soon have a peace of mind after Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval to an agreement that would settle the differences between the carmaker and private plaintiffs.

In April this year, Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and certain affiliates entered into an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulatory agencies to compensate customers whose vehicles were affected by the diesel emissions cheating scandal heavily publicized in 2015. This agreement meant that owners could opt for either a buyback or a modification subject to government approval. In addition, customers whose VW cars are leased are given the opportunity to cancel the lease and returning the vehicle to the carmaker.

Around 500,000 cars powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine in the US are affected. Judge Breyer has said that car owners are entitled to a substantial compensation from Volkswagen. Meanwhile, no compensation agreement has yet been finalized for the 100,000 cars equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel engine. It was late 2015 when VW was found out to have been employing software that helps it evade emissions testing process and make its diesel engines seem cleaner than they actually are.

Read the entire article Judge approved VW's $14.7 billion settlement with regulators and owners diesel vehicles

Bentley Motors has just released the specs of the new Bentayga Diesel. Obviously, we couldn’t wait to share it here since it’s the first ever diesel model to come out of the British brand’s long automotive history.

To begin with, the diesel-powered SUV bears the world’s most powerful and fastest V8 powertrain. It goes without saying how Bentley’s highly advanced technology and expertise have helped them create this astonishing 32-valve, 4Litre, triple-charged diesel engine.

The Bentayga Diesel can go from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds with top speed of 270km/h. It also makes a very good 429bhp and 664lb-ft of torque unlike anything that is already there.

Read the entire article Bentley releases specs of new Bentayga Diesel, boasts high power and low emissions

The BMW 1-Series may not look like a vehicle that could dish out a dynamic performance. But now, the 1-series could, thanks to the tuning experts at AC Schnitzer.

To power up the BMW 1-series, AC Schnitzer took an engine that powers the 5-series and further tuned how the vehicle performs. The new core of the BMW 1-series was afforded with the "Diesel M-Technik" that is originally designed for the 5-series.

Now, the BMW 1-series has become the ACS1 5.0d. This engine develops up to 294 kW (400 hp) in output and 800 Nm of torque, allowing the ACS1 5.0d to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and from 80 km/h to 180 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

Read the entire article AC Schnitzer squeezes a 3.0-liter tri-turbo diesel into the BMW 1-Series

Ford is having a good harvest so far this year for its Focus ST in the United Kingdom, especially after the carmaker introduced new petrol and diesel powertrains. In fact, Ford has already sold nearly 6,700 diesel and petrol versions of the Focus ST in the UK so far this year, a far cry from the 2,460 units sold in the entire duration of last year.

The new 185PS diesel Focus ST accounts for around 45 percent of demand in the UK while the 250PS EcoBoost petrol model generated 55 percent of sales in the country. Ford has now sold over 50,000 units of the Focus ST since 2002, when it introduced the ST170 in the market.

For the next model year, the diesel version of the Focus ST will be available with a six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift transmission, the deliveries of which are scheduled in early 2016. With this new transmission, the diesel Focus ST can now be driven either in full automatic mode or in the manual mode through the paddle mounted behind the steering wheel.

Read the entire article 2015 Ford Focus ST overachieves in the UK as diesel-powered models arrive

GMC reveals that its two-wheel drive 2016 GMC Canyon diesel has been rated by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency with a 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with a 25 mpg combined. The four-wheel drive version meanwhile obtained a 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway rating with a 23 mpg combined.

Aside from these fuel economy ratings, the Canyon has also been given a “Certificate of Conformity” by the EPA. What this means is that after the testing and evaluation of the Canyon’s emission control system, the EPA states that there were no concerns or any issues found. Duncan Aldred, who is the vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, shares that the Canyon was made for customers who prefer smart-sized premium pickups that is not only highly efficient by quiet and capable too.

With the addition of the Duramax diesel engine, this allows customers to have additional options for their vehicles. This is what it means to have the company’s professional grade ethos, concludes Aldred. The fuel economy of the Canyon is the best for its segment and offers not just amazing mileage but high trailering ratings.

Read the entire article 2016 GMC Canyon diesel gets 31 mpg highway rating from EPA

Chevrolet has recently confirmed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given its Certificate of Conformity to the 2016 Colorado Duramax diesel. According to the company, EPA said that there were no issues or any concerns revealed during the evaluation and testing of the Colorado Duramax’s emission control system.

For the two-wheel drive turbo-diesel, EPA estimates that it has a highway fuel economy of 31 mpg and therefore, this makes it the most fuel efficient of pickup trucks in the U.S.

The four-wheel drive meanwhile has a highway fuel economy of 29 mpg. In addition, since the two-wheel drive has a fuel tank that can carry 21 gallons, it can go as far as 651 miles on a full tank.

Read the entire article 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway

Amid the controversy surrounding emissions ratings, Volkswagen’s production of the diesel-powered 2016 Passat midsize sedans at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee has been suspended. This was confirmed by company spokesperson Scott Wilson.

The stop in production is happening in the middle of a plan to increase the production of this Passat. Notably, VW dealerships will begin receiving the gasoline-powered 2016 Passats late in November or the early part of next month.

Via an email sent to media, Wilson said that the company’s plan to boost production is underway and that he doesn’t see a problem in making adjustments in order to cope with the changes.

Read the entire article VW stops diesel Passat’s production at Chattanooga amid emission-rigging scandal

Plans by Mazda Motor Corp. to launch a diesel car in the United States have been facing delays, and the Japanese may have to put off the launch even further following Volkswagen’s emissions scandal in the country that triggered global regulatory scrutiny on diesel technology.

According to Mazda spokeswoman Michiko Terashima, the carmaker’s engineers are trying to develop the Skyactiv-D engine to comply with US emissions standards sans any compromise in performance.

She added that Mazda has no specific time frame for introducing a diesel engine in the US but noted that VW’s scandal would not make the Japanese carmaker revise its plans. Many are seeing Mazda’s seemingly unclear launch plans for introducing diesel cars in the US as an example of collateral damage emanating from VW’s underhanded actions over US emissions tests.

Read the entire article VW emission scandal might affect Mazda’s diesel plans for the United States
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