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Chevrolet chose to introduce the 2018 Equinox last night, the evening of the autumn equinox, and it came with a surprise — a 1.6-liter turbo diesel that Chevy estimates will achieve and estimated 40 mpg in highway driving. The compact crossover SUV segment is now the industry’s single-largest segment, and the Equinox crossover is Chevrolet’s […]

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In the wake of the emissions scandal and stricter emissions regulations, Volkswagen is uncertain if or when it will again sell diesel cars in the U.S. The German automaker has been prohibited from selling diesel vehicles in the United States since late 2015 after it acknowledged using “defeat devices” to evade U.S. diesel emissions standards. […]

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Nearly two decades after the first Toyota Prius went on sale in Japan, the cost of hybrid technology is now less than diesel, according to the original Prius lead engineer, Satoshi Ogiso. In an exclusive interview with Forbes’ contributor Bertel Schmitt, Ogiso said a cost advantage for the technology he was part of from the […]

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A Volkswagen engineer has become the first employee to be indicted and to plead guilty on criminal charges over fraudulent emissions software, according to unsealed court documents. VW engineer James Robert Liang pleaded guilty today in a conspiracy charge for playing a part in rigging emissions software in 2.0-liter diesel cars sold in the U.S. […]

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Owners and lessees of affected Volkswagen diesel cars are reportedly choosing buybacks over fix-its. To date, according to Automotive News, almost half of 475,000 owners and lessees of Volkswagen AG diesel cars sold in the U.S. have registered to participate in the preliminary court settlement following VW’s diesel emission cheating scandal. And of these 210,000 […]

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Auto supplier Bosch has rejected lawsuit allegations that it participated in Volkswagen’s decades-long fraud to cover up diesel-engine emissions, calling the claims “wild and unfounded.” Robert Bosch GmbH responded to lawsuits against Volkswagen AG on behalf of U.S. owners of VW diesel cars Monday in a U.S. District Court filing in San Francisco. Attorneys in […]

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Korean automaker Kia is considering putting aside its planned diesel-engine mild hybrid program as emissions regulations become tighter and Volkswagen’s Dieselgate has heightened scrutiny of diesel engines. Albert Biermann, Kia’s performance development chief, told British publication Autocar it’s becoming more difficult to support the development of the more costly diesel engine as emissions regulations become […]

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South Korea is expanding its diesel emissions investigation far beyond Volkswagen, according to a government agency. The nation’s environment ministry started a probe last week of 23 foreign automakers with 110 diesel models sold in that market, said Hong Dong Kon, a director at the ministry. The investigation findings will be released in two-to-three months, […]

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In the future, you may only see electric cars on Dutch roads, as the Netherlands is in the throes of an outright ban of new cars fueled by gasoline or diesel fuel. Pending legislation would permit only zero emission cars powered by either batteries or hydrogen beginning in 2025. The ban initiative, promoted by the […]

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Italy’s antitrust agency slapped Volkswagen with a $5.5 million ($5 million euro) fine over the German automaker’s massive diesel engine-fixing scandal. The antitrust watchdog said the fine related to the marketing in Italy since 2009 of vehicles equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engines with unauthorized software that tricked pollution tests. The software device switched […]

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