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This week in Paris Kia will showcase its mild hybrid diesel “Optima T-Hybrid” which it first previewed March this year in Geneva. Powered by the company’s production 1.7-liter CRDi turbo diesel, Kia has paired a 48-volt battery and small electric motor which it says allows limited pure EV driving at low speeds and when cruising. […]

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Looks like saying the upcoming Jaguar XE will use aluminum extensively is a huge understatement. Even the brand new diesel engines powering this sedan will be carved out of this lightweight metal. Called Ingenium, the new family of Jaguar diesel engines will initially be launched in two versions. The British company said with the new […]

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General Motors is launching the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon with what looks like segment-leading highway fuel efficiency for four-cylinder midsize pickup trucks, according to EPA fuel economy estimates. The all-new midsize trucks, powered by the 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 2WD and available 6-speed automatic transmission, will have an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and […]

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Mercedes-Benz has long been a supporter of diesel options in its growing line of SUVs, but there looks to be a mild shake-up happening for the 2015 M-Class. The long-serving 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel won’t be answering the bell, replaced instead by the 2.1-liter four-cylinder found in the smaller GLK and mid-sized E-Class sedan. So the […]

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Despite years of research and potentially billions of dollars, Mazda has yet to introduce its SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engine on North American soil. And, according to a story at The Truth About Cars, it still won’t arrive anytime soon. According to an unnamed source close to the situation, it appears that the latest delay is so […]

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Diesel and diesel-powered vehicles have made huge improvements pollution-wise in the last 10 years. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) tenth annual West Coast Collaborative meeting the Diesel Technology Forum highlighted the evolution of diesel power as a workhorse and economical engine through the transformation to near zero emissions with a future focus to […]

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Consumer Reports recently announced that two alternative-fuel offerings have been rated best in their respective classes after a recent round of testing. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel scored 82 points in CR‘s hands, helped mainly by the diesel’s impressive 20 mpg combined and 27 mpg highway observed during the test. Previous winners included the regular Ram […]

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Ram is launching updated versions of its 2500 and 3500 heavy duty pickup truck with new calibration for their Cummins 6.7-liter diesel engines. The new calibration is said by Ram to add 15 pound-feet of torque, edging out even Class 4 pickup competitors to a best-in-class 865 pound-feet. Why are we mentioning such a big […]

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While still only a small fraction of overall passenger vehicle sales in the United States, clean diesel power is becoming an increasingly popular choice among consumers. Sales in the first half of 2014 jumped by 25 percent over the same period last year — against an overall increase of only four percent — and some […]

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The Ram pickup truck will become the first to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 standardized tow rating practices across all of its three fullsize pickup truck segments, including the Ram 1500, Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and Ram 3500 Heavy Duty. Ram said it beats the competition in the two most sought-after titles […]

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