Justice Department investigating Ford Motor Company for emissions certification

26 Apr
2019 Ford RangerThe U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Ford Motor Company deliberately falsified emissions certifications for cars, trucks, and SUVs going back as far as the 2017 model year. Ford disclosed the investigation Friday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which was first reported by The Detroit Free Press. In...

London begins charging drivers of older cars to curb pollution

9 Apr
BYD London double-decker busBeginning last week, drivers of most diesel vehicles and all older cars will pay an extra charge to enter certain parts of London. The Ultra Low Emissions Zone rules went into effect, which are intended to discourage driving older, higher polluting cars into central London. According to a report from The Evening Standard, experts believe the ULEZ...

Colorado adopts California vehicle emissions standards

23 Nov
Colorado license platesLast week, Colorado became the 13th state to adopt California's stringent vehicle emissions standards, which may make the Centennial State ready for a showdown with the Trump administration. The state's Air Quality Control Commission approved the California standard to begin for the 2022 model year. The commission claimed that the new regulations...

Here we go again: VW Arteon launch delayed until 2019 over emissions certification

27 Sep
2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line packageThe 2019 VW Arteon sedan—well, hatchback really—won’t reach the U.S. market until early 2019 after the company on Wednesday reported a failure to meet new global emissions testing . As a VW spokesperson told Automotive News, the issue is because of “delays in the certification process caused by a backlog in meeting WLTP...

Poll: Fewer than a third of new-car shoppers agree with Trump’s emissions rollback

24 Aug
Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]Fewer than one-third of new-car shoppers agree with the Trump administration's plan to freeze fuel-economy targets for the next five years, according to a survey released Tuesday by Autolist. Just 29 percent of more than 1,000 respondents said that they agreed with the president's plan to freeze emissions and efficiency levels from 2020 to 2026...

While automakers tout green cars, they’re fighting the EPA

6 Apr
Chrome exhaust pipeThe left hand doesn't always follow the right hand. The trade association that represents most major automakers won its battle to get the EPA to announce it wants to ease emission limits for 2022 through 2025 cars, even as the lobbying group simultaneously works to promote electric cars that don't use a drop of gasoline. It's hypocritical, but...

Trump’s EPA ready to roll back Obama-era fuel-economy rules

2 Apr
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RSTThe Trump administration’s EPA took a final step toward rolling back Obama-era fuel-efficiency regulations in the U.S. EPA chief Scott Pruitt singled out the Obama administration’s push for more stringent emissions and fuel-economy rules in a statement the agency released Monday. “The Obama EPA’s determination was...

Lawsuit filed against Ford alleges automaker cheated on diesel-emissions test

10 Jan
2017 Ford Super Duty F-250A law firm that has carved out a reputation for aggressively pursuing automakers over diesel emissions has found a new target: Ford's heavy-duty pickups. The suit comes just days after Ford announced details for its upcoming F-150 diesel and is the latest in a string of accusations following VW's massive diesel emissions scandal in late 2015...