Fuel Efficiency

Up in smoke: the VW emissions ‘fix’ has left our car undriveable

About 1.2m VWs, Audis, Skodas and Seats are affected by the most significant vehicle recall in history, but some motorists are complaining their cars are not performing after their return<p>Mysterious rattles, poor fuel consumption, difficulties in starting, low power, weak acceleration. It has …

Product Recalls

California Air Resources Board votes to keep emissions requirements, vowing to protect the environment even if the EPA won’t

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted unanimously to continue implementing higher emissions standards in their meeting on Friday. This sets California’s clean-air agency up for a fight against the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which recently signaled that they aren’t too …

Environment

Dirty VW diesels sit in parking-lot limbo in Pontiac, Michigan

When Volkswagen agreed to buy back diesel cars that violated emissions regulations, it meant that the company was going to have to find places to store the cars. And there are literally lots of cars to store, as a representative from Volkswagen told us that a fourth of the 475,000 cars eligible for …

Pontiac

California Deepens Trump Rift, Keeps Cleaner-Car Rules - Bloomberg

California’s environmental regulator broke with the Trump administration by maintaining its cleaner-car standards through 2025 and launching a formal …

21st Century

What You Can Do About Climate Change

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — What can you — just one concerned person — do about global warming?<p>It may feel like a more urgent problem these days, with proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and each year warmer than the previous one.<p>You could drive a few miles fewer a year. Reduce your speed. …

Climate Change

Not Even Europe Is Safe From The SUV Takeover

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important …

21st Century

California upholds emissions standards, in public rebuke of Trump's plans

California’s Air Resources Board votes to move forward with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle …

21st Century

Costs to meet fuel-economy standards even lower than EPA says: analysis

The auto industry tends to oppose, viscerally and viciously, all attempts to regulate any aspect of its products or business operations for any …

EPA

Companies Weight In On California Clean Car Standards

Today the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is holding a public meeting about the midterm review of the state’s Advanced Clean Cars Program, …

21st Century

The Latest: California air regulators keep fuel standards

The Latest on California's car-emission standards (all times local):<p>2:18 p.m.<p>California air regulators have voted to keep the state's tougher …

21st Century

French Mercedes owners take legal action after German emissions probe

PARIS (Reuters) - Three French Mercedes car owners filed legal complaints against the carmaker's parent Daimler <DAIGn.DE> on Friday, alleging consumer fraud in relation to diesel engine emissions, following the opening of a formal investigation by prosecutors in Germany.<p>The three, who own an …

21st Century

French prosecutors to investigate Fiat Chrysler for 'aggravated cheating' on diesel emissions

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continues to be dogged by allegations that it cheated on various diesel-emissions tests.<p>In the U.S., the company faces two …

Diesel Emissions

Rolling Back EPA's Clean Car Standards Is Bad For America. Here's Why.

Last month, a group of American car makers urged President Trump to remove cost-effective vehicle emission and fuel efficiency standards in an attempt to capitalize on changing political winds in Washington.<p>Trump didn’t waste any time: On March 15, in Detroit, Michigan, he announced plans to roll …

Electric Vehicles

German environmental lobby sues motor authority over VW scandal

HAMBURG/BERLIN (Reuters) - German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) has filed a suit against German motor authority KBA, accusing it of …

21st Century

Mercedes Has Been Hit with a Trademark Complaint in China

Chinese automaker Chery Automobile has filed a complaint with the country's trademark regulator over Mercedes-Benz's use of the "EQ" name for a line …

China

Trump's Auto Review May Just Slow Eventual Path to Better Fuel Efficiency

Rules set by the EPA may take a backseat to consumers demanding vehicles that guzzle less gas and automakers having to meet tougher standards if they …

21st Century

Volkswagen Tiguan Production Begins In India

Volkswagen India has started production of the Tiguan at their Aurangabad facelity.The Tiguan gets sharp styling which is typical of VolkswagenAmidst …

Engineering

Volkswagen’s Finance Arm Squeezes Out A Record Profit, Somehow

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important …

Monty Python

Group that found VW cheating says costs of fuel efficiency have been overstated

EPA estimates were too conservative, contrary to automakers' claims.<p>It won’t cost automakers nearly as much as they said it would to fit new cars …

21st Century

Daimler Faces Diesel-Engine Fraud Investigation

BERLIN—German prosecutors have launched an investigation into allegations that an undisclosed number of Daimler AG employees may have committed fraud linked to sales of the company’s diesel-powered cars, a spokesman for the Stuttgart state’s attorney said Thursday.<p>A spokesman for the prosecutor …

21st Century

Best hybrid cars

These are the best hybrid cars we've come across in our most recent reviews.<p>One of the most interesting drivetrain developments of recent times, hybrids turn wasted kinetic energy into electricity and use it to help drive cars. Hybrid technology can be applied to any type of car, and the best show …

Transportation

VW attacked by MPs over failure to release findings of 'dieselgate' investigation

Volkswagen has been attacked over the evidence about the “dieselgate” emissions scandal it gave to MPs during a meeting of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.<p>MPs have written to the company's UK bosses claiming that some of the answers to questions from the committee were not …

21st Century

UK lawmakers demand more answers from VW over diesel scandal

LONDON – British lawmakers have written to Volkswagen<p>seeking more answers from the German carmaker over the diesel emissions scandal, after criticizing the firm for failing to adequately respond to their queries so far.<p>Paul Willis, the brand's British boss, has appeared before several British …

21st Century

First high-volume VW electric car must arrive by 2020, CEO says, mostly for China

As it tries to put the ongoing diesel-emissions scandal behind it, VW Group is focusing its future on electric cars.<p>The Volkswagen brand within the …

Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen Starts SUV Tiguan Production In India

German auto major Volkswagen on Wednesday (March 22) said it has started production of its upcoming premium SUV Tiguan at the Aurangabad plant in …

Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Group shows that he has become increasingly …

21st Century

Ignore politicians: lower fuel-economy rules don't create jobs, analyst says

A common refrain among critics of current and future fuel-economy standards is that the need to comply with them produces job cuts in the auto …

Automotive Industry

Are fuel efficiency standards killing the traditional American V8?

Chevrolet began production of the original small-block V8 engine for the 1955 model year and effectively kicked off what would become a more-than-60-year love affair among Americans. Since its initial debut, the small-block V8 has remained in constant production, making it the longest mass-produced …

Transportation

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid First Test Review: The Quicker, Safely Styled Hybrid

Don’t like Prius styling? Kia has something for you<p>Share this article<p>Facebook<br>• Twitter<br>• Email<p>Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer<p>View Special Offers<p>No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote<p>Change Car<p>The latest attack on the Prius comes from Kia, whose Niro hybrid undercuts the Toyota in price but …

Engineering

Trump Officials Reverse A Rogue Regulator

Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week jointly announced their intention to reconsider a multi-billion-dollar action that EPA had tried to foist upon Americans in the waning days of President Obama’s administration. On January 12, 2016, EPA’s …

Opinion