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German residents can now return their diesel-powered BMW, free of charge

Certain cities in Germany have been pushing to ban  diesel-powered vehicles. And to help ease the fears of people who currently own diesel based engines in Germany, particularly BMW, the automaker decided to offer a helpful solution.

According to statistics, more people are getting rid of their diesel vehicles to opt for a more environmentally friendly car. And in response to this, the automaker attempted to offer their customers something they could not resist, they call this the “diesel return promise”.

Basically, owners of diesel vehicles will be able to return their diesel car to the company. This will start as early as this week in Germany. At the same time, those who lease a new diesel engined BMW may return the vehicle, if driving restrictions on diesel cars are introduced in a nearby city that’s within 62 miles of where they live.

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Emission issues now affecting Mercedes-Benz E350d models, sales stopped in Germany

Emissions, emissions, emissions. We have been hearing a lot about this issue lately, and we know that automakers dread it too, as it is the worst thing that could happen right now for their business.

This time, the victim of emissions would be Mercedes-Benz and now they have to halt the production of their E350d in Germany. This is because they have to implement some changes to the 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel so it produces less NOx emissions. The company's plan is too fit in a selective catalytic reduction system with more surface area, maximizing the company's AdBlue after-treatment fluid, but Mercedes will still inject the same amount of AdBlue in the system.

Autocar said that it will take a few weeks for Mercedes to do the engine tweaks. Currently, the 3.0 liter V6 produces 258 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 457 pound feet (620 Newton metres) of torque. The company makes it clear that the only affected engines are the ones on sale in the market since May.

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Audi is dangling EUR10,000 trade-in incentives for Euro 1 to 4 diesel vehicles in Germany

Incentives of up to EUR10,000 can be had by Audi customers who are willing to trade-in their older diesel vehicles to new Audi units that are compliant with the Euro 6 standard. This comes as Audi offers enticing trade-in incentives to clients owning diesel cars compliant only with emission standards Euro 1 through Euro 4.

Audi’s delicious trade-in bonuses come as the premium carmaker, along with other German carmakers, agreed to a series of environmental measures with the government of Germany, which are all aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel vehicles by the end of 2018.These German carmakers were also urged to employ self-financed competitive measures to provide incentives for the shift from pre-Euro-5 diesel vehicles. As for Audi, its program was created to help accelerate the replacement of older diesel vehicles with modern and more eco-friendly cars.

In compliance with recent National Diesel Forum, Audi is offering incentives to all drivers of diesel cars with the emission standards Euro 1 through Euro 4, regardless of the model or brand, as long as the customer trades in for an Audi vehicle. Attractive conditions are also being offered for customers who are changing over to a late-model used Audi. Financed by Audi AG, these incentives are granted directly through the Audi dealerships, with customers not needing to make separate applications. The incentive offer is only available through December 31, 2017.

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Germany doesn’t like EU green plan to raise price of diesel

A plan by the European Union executive to tax high-energy fuels – a move that could increase the price of diesel -- has placed Brussels at odds with Germany, the biggest vehicle producer in the continent. The blueprint proposes to increase the minimum levy on diesel in line with gasoline, thereby making motor fuel taxes more eco-friendly.

The tax proposal by European Commission could become an EU law by 2013. However, through this initiative, Germany would have to raise its tax on diesel to 75 cents per liter by 2020 from 47 cents. Such tax increase would essentially contradict with Berlin’s financial support for the diesel.

Approximately 50 percent of the new cars registered in Europe uses diesel as fuel, and such scenario has benefited many German carmakers like Daimler and BMW. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has already expressed opposition to the Brussels initiative even if the measure would be staged in over ten years.

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It was just several months ago when European commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska called diesel-powered cars as the technology of the past, even giving a prediction that these vehicles will completely disappear in the near future. While it is still too early to say whether her statement will come a true or not, but carmakers are facing a harsh reality for now – public demand for diesel cars are dropping in a fast pace in Europe.

Public sentiment towards diesel cars in Europe has been dropping for the past years, with more and more consumers in the region looking to purchase cleaner, more environment-friendly vehicles. While Europe has been considered as the largest market for diesel cars since the 1980s, but the hunger for such vehicles has been waning lately. It was really evident from how carmakers across Europe has been shying away from diesel cars and pursuing electrification. Nonetheless, the latest available figures on sales of diesel cars are a better proof.

According to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), there is really a huge decline in the demand for diesel cars. Since its statement is backed by numbers, it is really quite hard to deny the fact. As per IEA, diesel cars hold a large chunk of the automotive market in Europe, accounting for 42.5 percent of all sales as of start of 2017. But a year after at the start of 2018, the market share of diesel cars in Europe had shrunk to 36.5 percent. Overall during the period, carmakers manage to just move 3.12 million diesel cars to customers in Europe, for a huge decline of 16 percent, according to IEA.

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The diesel exodus in Europe continues. Years ago, carmakers have been in a sweeping race to offer more diesel-powered vehicles in the continent, which hunger for such transports seems unending. But now, it looks like carmakers – including Japanese company Suzuki and Mitsubishi Motors -- are also in a race, but this time, it is to exit from the shrinking market in Europe before it becomes too late.

Yes, Suzuki and Mitsubishi Motors are the latest of the carmakers that are saying goodbye to their diesel-powered offerings in Europe, in light of the growing dislike for such engine technology in the region. They will be joining fellow Japanese carmaker Nissan and Toyota in getting rid of diesel vehicles from their European lineup.

Interestingly, Mitsubishi Motors’ decision isn't really surprising as 34 percent of the carmaker is owned by Nissan and the company is also a part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Mitsubishi has already halted sales of new diesel car in the United Kingdom. It has also stopped sales of diesel-powered cars in Germany. The only diesel vehicles that would remain in Mitsubishi’s lineup are its pickups, but that would only be for the short term. Diesel offerings accounted up to 30 percent of the Japanese carmaker’s sales in Europe in 2017.

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Quite a number of carmakers are already reducing or even stopping their lineup of diesel-powered vehicles, as sparked by the diesel emissions scandal at the Volkswagen Group. Nonetheless, German premium automaker BMW seems not affected by backlash against diesel engines. Instead, BMW has just confirmed its commitment to diesel technology.

As quoted by Australian magazine GoAuto at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, BMW AG board member for development Klaus Froehlich boasted of the carmaker’s accomplishments in the field of diesel technology. He remarked that from BMW’s perspective, the development of diesel engines is quite dramatic as the carmaker has managed to develop cleaner diesel-powered mills.

Moreover, Froehlich claimed at Paris that BMW has the best diesel engine, adding that all tests have shown that the German premium carmaker’s offerings have the lowest emissions among diesel-powered vehicles.

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If you’re planning to buy a new Porsche unit powered by a diesel engine, better do it as soon as possible. This is because the German sports car maker has decided it has nothing to do with diesel engines anymore, no thanks to ever decreasing demand for such mills. Yes, Porsche won't be offering diesel-powered vehicles anymore.

Seemingly, gone were the days when diesel engines go toe-to-toe against gasoline mills for supremacy. Now, more and more carmakers are trying to shy away from diesel engines, but not because of gasoline powerplants. In the past few years, there has been a growing trend and increasing demand for electrified and all-electric products. On the other hand, the demand for diesel engines has been dropping.

Porsche’s decision to drop its diesel lineup could be traced back to the so-called Dieselgate scandal. This scandal involved the emissions of diesel engines employed by brands of the Volkswagen Group. This forced the group to re-focus its strategy and plan for a lineup laden with electrified – including all-electric – vehicles. Interestingly, Porsche is part of the VW Group.

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It is better not to expect any new diesel engines from Cadillac, the luxury vehicle division of General Motors. After all, following much considerations of a number of factors, the top management of Cadillac has now decided to stop the development of diesel engine within the luxury carmaker.

During the North American launch of the Cadillac XT4 compact crossover in Seattle, Washington, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle revealed that the luxury car brand is indeed re-evaluating diesel technology. He noted that Cadillac has been working on diesel technology. However, the conditions in the markets around the world – especially their attitude towards diesel engines – have been changing more quickly than the company has anticipated.

It is well known that for the past years, Cadillac had been concentrating its engine development works on diesel mills, in particular four- and six-cylinder units. This diesel engine development work forms part of the luxury carmaker to further penetrate the premium car market in Europe. In addition, Cadillac was also planning to create and offer a number of vehicles powered by diesel engines in the US. In fact, the new XT4 was slated to have a version powered by diesel engine, as slated to arrive before or by the end of the decade (2020). GM’s luxury division had also expected to introduce diesel engines in more of its models.

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Right now, if you check the Mercedes-Benz G Class configurator online, you will be given two options, namely the G500 and the G63. The G500 first came out in January with the launch of the W464 at NAIAS in Detroit, and the G63 made its first appearance in Geneva a few weeks after the first one. For those of you who are looking for a more low end torque, then you will need to wait until the end of the year to place an order for a diesel powered G in Europe.

If you speak to the guys behind the Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog, they will tell you that the diesel G-Class that takes the shape of the G350d 4Matic model will be available in Germany by December. At the same time, production will begin during this time but deliveries will not begin until March 2019 at the earliest. The report then says that dealers will get the first diesel models for potential clients to try out sometime in spring of next year.

You might be wondering what the original identity of the diesel engine is. Well, it is actually the OM 656 that we saw last year together with the S-Class facelift. This was eventually launched in other models like the CLS. In the S350d sedan, it pumps out 286 horsepower (210 kilowatts) and 600 Newton metres (443 pound feet) of torque. Moving on to the S400d, it has a little more output, at 340 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 700 Newton metres (516 pound feet) of torque.

Read the entire article Diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz G-Class will soon be available in Europe

During the past few years, many automakers have developed a love-hate relationship towards diesel engines because of strict emission standards. Automakers have built a perception that diesel engines are not clean, and this is why some marques like Volvo and Nissan have decided to completely abandon the fuel type in the next few years.

In contrary to that, there are still other automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Mazda that believe that there still is a future for diesel engined vehicles, mainly because of SUVs. These big cars will need more torque in their power plants without turning a blind eye on fuel consumption.

To add to the list of pro diesel cars, it seems like Alpina will be joining them very soon, the independent performance tuner of BMW. Andreas Bovensiepen, head and son of founder, told Whichcar that he sees the future of diesel powertrains.

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The Opel Grandland X indeed has French roots, but we know that it also has taken some German lessons, especially now that Opel is positioned underneath PSA’s umbrella. Without a surprise, people from Rüsselsheim had just made an announcement regarding this.

Grandland X will now be powered by a 1.5 liter four cylinder turbodiesel that can be ordered from Peugeot 3008-based Grandland X, giving an output of 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts) and a maximum torque of 300 Newton metres (221 pound feet) which can be accessed from 1,750 rpm.

This engine could be paired with either of the two transmissions: a standard six speed manual transmission, that lets it burn 4.1 to 4.2 liters per 100 kilometers in the combined cycle, or an eight speed automatic transmission that burns a little less, at 3.9 to 4.0 liters for every 100 kilometers. The PSA-sourced mill now replaces the former 1.6 liter diesel, which offered less power (120 horsepower / 88 kilowatts), and used up more fuel (by 4 percent) too.

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Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil the new X350d 4Matic X-Class at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It was back in July 2017 when the brand first premiered its pickup which utilizes the chassis, as well as certain body panels, of the Nissan Navara. However this version is set out to be the most expensive one yet.

This new model has a six-cylinder engine and the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. Specifically, the new X-Class is fitted with the turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine that benefits from the common-rail direct injection. With this, it can deliver an output of 258 hp (190 kW) with top torque measured to be 406 lb.-ft. (550 Nm) and available at 1,4000 rpm and up to 3,200 rpm.

As a comparison, the highest specification of the biturbodiesel V6 engine fitted in the Volkswagen Amarok is only able to deliver 224 hp (165 kW). In addition, while the amount of torque is similar, it is available beginning 1,5000 rpm. Paired to this engine is the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission having steering wheel shift paddles as well as the ECO start/stop function. This transmission has been modified to allow it to transmit 60% of the available torque to the vehicle's rear wheels to result in a rear-based configuration, highly suitable especially for a pickup truck.

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To jump onto the next step of going greener, Porsche announced that they will be getting rid of the last few vehicles that have diesel-fueled engines in their lineup, so that they could focus on electrifying their vehicles. In fact, European countries will no longer offer the Panamera and Macan with the oil burning mills. The first Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel initially came out nine years ago.

In an interview between Autocar and Porsche, the automaker cited a cultural shift as the reason for the decision. There was also a regulatory reason behind the choice as there has been a software update that has recently been involved in an “ongoing consultation with the authorities”.

This was decided after the automaker chose not to launch the new version of its Cayenne SUV with a diesel engine. In fact, the Cayenne was actually the very first Porsche to offer diesel power back in 2009.

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After going through a number of tests in Germany, the BMW 320d was deemed to be fully compliant will all legal requirements by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The extensive test-bench and road tests were a result of accusations back in December 2017 from environmental lobby group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action Germany).

Klaus Frohlich, BMW board member said that their vehicles are not manipulated and comply with the country’s legal requirements. He then says that the public and the policymakers should rely on the fact that their diesel engines are clean. But he also emphasized that its customers as well as their employees can also rely on this guarantee.

Furthermore, after going through tests, the KBA did not find that BMW was involved in any illegal activities or technical provisions of any kind that influenced the test results for recording emissions. In other words, the BMW 320d had no defeat device installed to it. In fact, the KBA’s tests were pretty much the same as what other authorities worldwide have proven repeatedly after several tests.

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In the United States, diesel engines were never really that big. Sales of cars with diesel engines were even more dismal. And if there is one type of vehicle where diesel has had the most success, it would be the pickup trucks. In fact, automakers like Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram now offer diesel options in half-ton trucks. Meanwhile, Chevy offers a diesel in its mid-size Colorado, Jeep, on the other hand will soon offer its new Wrangler with a diesel model.

Clearly, there are disadvantages to offering diesel variants. Mercedes-Benz has decided to scrap its plan to offer it in its lineup. In fact, the only model it has that still has this engine is its Sprinter van. Ola Kallenius, who oversees Mercedes’ research and development, said that there is simply not enough demand for this in the United States for them to justify the extra effort.

He told The Detroit Bureau during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show that the diesel engine just does not fit into the US portfolio. But instead, it does much better in complying with the standard for emissions in Europe.

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Ford Motor Co. revealed that it will be offering a new Power Stroke 3.0-liter V6 engine for its F-150 trucks. With this addition, customers now have a total of six choices for the engine of the F-150.

The new engine is capable of delivering 250 hp with peak torque of 440 lb.-ft., figures that customers are sure to love. Fuel efficiency meanwhile is expected to be at an EPA-estimated value of 30 mpg highway. Towing capacity is projected to be the best for its segment at 11,400 lbs. with payload capacity measured to be at 2,020 lbs.

This latest engine was designed by none other than the same powertrain team responsible for coming up with the Power Stroke 6.7-liter engine used in Ford’s Super Duty trucks going back as far as 2011. The new engine was developed in order to meet the specific demands of F-150 customers in North America. These are customers that haul and tow more frequently compared to customers in other markets. Proof of this is the fact that the maximum torque is accessible at 1,750 rpm, with strong torque being delivered all across the rpm range. These features make the F-150 the best vehicle to haul, or even tow, heavy loads across long distances.

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Mercedes-Benz has officially released the pricing details of the new 2019 CLS. The base variant is the CLS 350d 4Matic that’s equipped with the inline-six rated engine and comes with a displacement of 2,925 cc and an output of 286 hp with maximum torque measured at 443 lb.-ft. This has been priced at $80,176 (€68,127.50) for the German market.

Much like the base model, the CLS 400d 4Matic is fitted with the same diesel engine although it has been tuned to offer more power at 340 hp having peak torque of 516 lb.-ft. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph is at 5.0 seconds, faster than the 5.7 seconds offered by the CLS 350d 4Matic. The CLS 400d 4Matic is priced beginning at $85,330 (€72,507.70).

Those who want a petrol-powered version can choose the CLS 450 4Matic with is equipped with a 3.0-liter engine. Maximum output is 367 hp with top torque of 369 lb.-ft. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. Mercedes-Benz has given this model a starting price of $83,445 (€70,906.15).

Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS is priced from €68,127, set to start selling in Germany this March

Taxi commuters in Europe may find themselves getting comfortable in Opel flagship estates – the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer. Yes, the German carmaker now part of the PSA Group is offering its flagship estates as a taxi unit for operators across Europe.

Both the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer have been proven to deliver a spacious and comfortable ride, with the benefit of added elegance and practicality. Now as taxi units, the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer will offer the same high level of passenger comfort and cargo practicality that taxi companies could take advantage of.

Opel is offering the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer as ex-works products. They are joining the carmaker’s ex-work taxi portfolio, which already include the flexible six-passenger Opel Zafira and the large Opel Vivaro van. As ex-work vehicles, the taxi versions of the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer are already modified according to the specs of customer companies before they are picked up.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer now available as taxis straight from the factory

It has only been a few days since Oliver Schmidt, former Volkswagen executive, was handed a maximum possible sentence by US District Judge Sean Cox. He will have to spend seven years in prison and pay a fine of $400,000. And on December 8, Volkswagen has again been put on the spot. The German automaker urgently had to stop their sales of the T6 Multivan in Germany because it was discovered that the van emits way more nitrogen oxide than what is allowed by local emissions limits.

Der Spiegel magazine said that the findings have already been reported to the KBA, Germany’s motor transport authority. This had been quoted by Automotive News.

What happened is that Volkswagen set the “adjustment factor” too low when they submitted documents to the KBA to have the T6 Multivan’s sales approved, says the German publication. To defend their name, a Volkswagen spokesperson from the commercial vehicle division said that incorrect engine management software is ruled out as a possible reason for these uncertainties.

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