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Revealed: Huge Demand for Ram EcoDiesel

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Ram, the only truck maker that sells a light-duty diesel pickup, will be increasing production of the popular model from 10 to 20 percent of its entire light-duty lineup. Chrysler officials made the surprising announcement today, as Ram chief executive Bob Hegbloom commented, “Innovation sometimes comes with risk, but being first to market with a [...]

VW Jetta Aces Safety Tests

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has listed the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta as a Top Safety Pick. The designation applies to Jetta models that feature the Forward Collision Warning System. Of note is the fact that Volkswagen equipped the new Jetta with active and passive safety systems. The new car’s standard roster of safety [...]

EPA’s 5 Most Efficient Diesel Cars

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Expert picks for the 2015 model year are out, and clean diesel vehicles are gaining momentum in sales volume and fuel efficiency. According to EPA data, more than a dozen diesel cars show ratings well above 35 mpg, with several reaching the 40 mpg threshold and beyond. The clear ‘winner’ is BMW’s 328d, posting a [...]

Mazda Hints at ‘Diesel-Electric’ Hybrid

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Engineers at Mazda are reportedly working on a diesel-electric hybrid vehicle that could be ready for sale as early as 2016, according to Japan’s leading newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun. Prospective designs include an electric motor acting as an assisting power source for a super-efficient diesel engine. Talk among Asian auto experts focuses on the current [...]

GM Finally ‘Commits’ to Diesel

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GM executives announced this week that they would bring out several more clean diesel models in the near future, noting that the clean burning fuel could power 10 percent of all vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2020. Steve Kiefer, VP of Global Powertrain for GM, told a recent industry audience, “The Chevrolet Cruze [...]

Hyundai i20 for 2015: Diesel? 3-Cylinder?

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Hyundai officials have provided a rare look at the company’s upcoming i20, which will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. A series of design sketches of the supermini show a 2015 model that could end up featuring anything from a 3-cylinder combustion engine to a diesel variant. The sleek, statuesque vehicle is an [...]

Surprise! 2014 Clean Diesel Sales Up 25 Percent

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Data released this week reveals that clean diesel vehicle sales in the U.S. shot up 25 percent from January to the end of June 2014. Analysts say the biggest surprise in the stats is that overall U.S. car sales only increased 4.2 percent during the same six-month period. In fact, of the 48 months since [...]

Revealed: Volkswagen XL1 Price

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Volkswagen announced this week that its diesel-electric hybrid XL1 would be priced at $169,000. The diminutive 0.8-liter engine is a 2-cylinder turbo-diesel rated at 47 horsepower. A 5.5-kWh lithium pack is the power source for a companion electric motor that creates an additional 26 horsepower. European-cycle testing lists the car at 261-mpg, easily making it [...]

It’s ‘Clean Diesel’ for Next Mazda 2

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Mazda’s upcoming supermini car, the Mazda 2, will feature a 1.5-liter diesel engine, the carmaker announced this week. The clean diesel offering will use the Japanese car manufacturer’s SkyActiv engine technology, which allows even gasoline-powered cars to approach diesel efficiency ratings. The world got its first glimpse of the SkyActiv-D engine at this year’s Geneva [...]

Top Diesel and Hybrid States are…

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Recent data from the Diesel Technology Forum shows that diesel car registrations grew by 30 percent between 2010 and 2013, while hybrid sales did even better, posting a 64 percent jump for the same time period. On U.S. roads today, the diesel population stands at 7 million vehicles and the hybrid count comes in at [...]

Audi A3 TDI Wows NY Auto Show

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Audi used the New York Auto Show as the venue to announce its new A3 TDI (clean diesel) Sportback for the 2015 model year. The German carmaker has recently expanded its A3 family to include, with this hatchback addition, six cars in all. Audi spokespersons on site in New York noted that the A3 TDI [...]

Chevy Cruze Earns ‘Diesel of the Year’ Honors

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Readers of an influential automotive periodical, Diesel Driver Magazine, have voted the Chevy Cruze Diesel best diesel vehicle of 2014. The car snagged 59 percent of the 11,030 votes in the survey. Diesel Driver pits competitors against each other annually, with this year’s elite contenders vying for the top spot. Besides Chevy Cruze, voters selected [...]

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