Torque-heavy 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel detailed

12 Jun
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDieselThe 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel finally made its debut, staking its ground as the light-duty diesel pickup heavyweight. Ram revealed the pickup with the version of its 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine, which now makes 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The latter figure is often what matters most for diesel truck shoppers given it correlates...

2020 Chevrolet Silverado turbodiesel engine priced from $42,285

4 Jun
2020 Chevrolet Silverado with turbodiesel engineThe 2020 Chevrolet Silverado's new turbodiesel will command the same price premium over other engines as the optional 6.2-liter V-8 also available under the pickup truck's hood. On Monday, Chevrolet said the 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-6 engine will cost $3,890 for trucks originally equipped with the standard 2.7-liter turbo-4 engine and...

BMW pulls the plug on diesels in US in favor of plug-in hybrids

11 Sep
2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformanceBMW will stop selling diesel-fueled vehicles in the U.S. after the 2018 model year, a spokesman for the automaker said Tuesday. Instead, the automaker will focus on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). "We are putting all our eggs in the PHEV basket," BMW spokesman Alex Schmuck told The Car Connection at a press preview for the company's...

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel rated at 30 mpg highway, with a big catch

19 Apr
2018 Ford F-150 Power StrokeA new turbodiesel V-6 gives the rear-wheel drive 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel fuel economy akin to a mid-size sedan, but the four-wheel drive version is much thirstier. Ford said Thursday that the EPA rates the rear-wheel-drive diesel pickup at: 22 mpg city, 30 highway, 25 combined. The four-wheel drive one comes in at just 20/25/22 mpg, a...

VW CEO sees a diesel “renaissance”

8 Mar
Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencapDespite single handedly turning much of the world against diesel engines with an emissions cheating scandal that was revealed in 2015, Volkswagen is doubling down on them. Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller told Bloomberg that diesel could come back stronger than ever. "Diesel will see a renaissance in the not-too-distant future because people...

Diesel is dead at Porsche

22 Feb
2018 Porsche MacanFor the past few years, it has been impossible to find a new diesel-fueled Porsche on dealer lots in the U.S. Soon, it will be impossible to find one anywhere in the world. Speaking with Britain's Autocar magazine, a Porsche spokesman cited the “cultural shift” of its customer base as the reason that the German automaker is...

2019 Chevrolet Silverado revealed: full-size Chevy gets leaner, meaner

14 Jan
2019 Chevrolet Silverado, 2018 Detroit auto showThe first new Chevrolet Silverado in more than five years arrived Saturday evening in Detroit, a new face for the fast-growing family of pickup trucks. The 2019 Silverado touched down in the Motor City after its initial reveal a month earlier in the Lone Star State. The new Chevrolet Silverado reflects years of engineering to make the full-size...

The spark (less) is back! Diesel-powered 2018 BMW 540d on sale next month

8 Jan
2018 BMW 5-SeriesThe diesel-powered 2018 BMW 540d xDrive will quietly return to the U.S. next month, the automaker said Monday. Federal officials certified the model for sale in the U.S. this month, after a one-year hiatus while the 5-Series underwent an extensive overhaul for the 2017 model year. The 540d will be the sixth powertrain made available in the...

Under pressure: Ford F-150 diesel aims for big towers, bigger cruising distances

8 Jan
2018 Ford F-150 Power StrokeThe nation’s most popular vehicle now offers the least marketable powertrain. This week, details about the diesel 2018 Ford F-150 were made available months after the automaker confirmed they would offer the engine in their best-selling pickup. It’s the sixth engine available in the 2018 Ford F-150 in addition to four V-6 engine...

Officials give OK to fix some VW, Porsche, Audi dieselgate SUVs

23 Oct
2015 Porsche CayenneFederal and California state environmental officials announced Monday that roughly 38,000 Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen SUVs can be updated to be compliant with emissions, nearly two years after the automaker admitted it had cheated with an illegal "defeat device." The EPA and California Air Resources Board sent a letter to VW on Friday approving...