Volkswagen admits that 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide could have software capable of avoiding emissions compliance. The EPA is now checking the 3.0-liter V6 in Porsche and Audi models to make sure it's not affected as well.
VW CEO Martin Winterkorn has issued a statement regarding EPA and CARB allegations that cars with its 2.0-liter TDI engine don't meet US emissions requirements. The automaker promises an external investigation.
A study analyzing real-world diesel vehicle emissions finds that NOx levels from modern engines far exceed the mandated limits. However, the carbon monoxide and total carbon hydrogen numbers are where they should be.
Critical Look At Diesel Engines Could Benefit Hybrids
Ford doesn't expect the Mondeo Hybrid to be a huge sales success in Europe. However, with governments there backing away from supporting diesel fuel, the sedan offers a hedge against future changes in the market.
The European Union is working on legislation to scrap the 25-year-old laboratory tests in the New European Driving Cycle that measure vehicle emissions, replacing NEDC with Real Emissions Driving tests.
A newly released study finds that the emissions from post-2007, EPA-compliant diesel engines do not show risks of causing lung cancer in lab rats. The animals were exposed to the exhaust for 80 hours a week for up to 30 months. Previous studies have shown much more adverse effects from older diesels.
Anyone even vaguely familiar with the European auto market knows that diesel-fueled vehicles take up a huge portion of the roads there. A combination of high fuel efficiency, useful torque in tightly packed cities, low CO2 emissions and tax incentives all contribute to the popularity. However, ever the iconoclasts, the French government wants the oil burners off its roads in the coming years.