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Land Rover Discovery caught unmasked

Fans of the Discovery Vision Concept won't be disappointed.

New 'clean' diesels not associated with lung cancer risks

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.

Bentley considering diesel engine for new SUV

Turns out, in case you didn't know, the rich are just like regular people. They too are concerned about the environment, even when tooling around town in their super-luxurious Bentleys. So the automaker is weighing the idea of offering a diesel engine in its SUV offering, which could help satisfy customers' demands for more fuel-efficient engines.

Double-Digit Growth For Diesel in U.S., Say German Automakers

New entries from GM, Mazda, BMW and Audi to spur sales

Double digit diesel sales in North America for 20 of the last 24 months have helped German automakers reach record sales. That is likely to increase as all five - Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW - roll out more diesel choices, including powerful and fuel efficient turbo versions.

Volvo V60 PHEV get five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP [w/video]

Volvo continues to take kudos for making the safest cars on European roads, with its diesel-engine V60 plug-in hybrid earning the highest score ever for a PHEV given by Euro NCAP. The Euro NCAP tested the all-new V60 PHEV through a series of crash tests and give it a five star rating; if this were in the US, it would be quite similar to the Na

GM-Isuzu joint venture assembles 1.5-millionth Duramax diesel

General Motors and Isuzu have officially stitched together 1.5 million Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engines. The joint venture between the two manufacturers started in 1998, and now the DMAX plant employs 517 workers in a 584,000 square-foot facility. GM introduced the Duramax turbo diesel engine to the US market for the 2001 model year, and it can be found trucks like the Chevrolet Silv

Hybrids not the dream vehicles of the short-term lease crowd

Here's a tip for those who market hybrid electric vehicles: you can pretty much forget about people who love to lease – not just the lease itself, but swapping the lease. According to a new survey just released by Swapalease, the majority of respondents declined to pick an answer to the question of what was their dream hybrid.

Are these the most epic diesel-powered burnouts ever?

Here in the States, we generally think of diesel-powered vehicles in one of two ways. First, there are the gigantor pickups with their loud and burly turbodiesel engines. Second, there are the diesel fuel misers, such as Volkswagen's stable of TDI mobiles.

The Car Coach Examines Upside Of Diesel Engines

Americans starting to appreciate benefits of diesel

Remember the old Mercedes-Benz diesels that sounded like the title car from the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?" They were loud, slow and spewed black, sooty smoke that would make a career smoker gag.

Lured in by Opel Ampera tech, BMW seeks deal with GM

Spiegel Online set the rumormill ablaze with an unconfirmed report that General Motors is seeking some sort of cooperative deal with German automaker BMW. Speigel says The General's interest in BMW is primarily related to the German firm's gasoline and diesel engine technology.

General Motors opens $200-million diesel engine factory in Thailand

On Friday, General Motors swung open the doors to its "state-of-the-art," $200-million diesel engine factory located in Thailand's eastern Rayong province. This facility is the U.S. automaker's first diesel production site in Southeast Asia and part of Thailand's push to become a bigger producer of eco-friendlier vehicles.

GM to invest $28.4 million in Powertrain Engineering Center in Torino

General Motors says it will invest €20 million ($28.4 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) at its Powertrain Engineering Center in Torino, Italy. This investment comes on top of the €30 million ($42.6 million U.S.) that GM spent to establish the center back in 2005.

World's largest diesel engine makes 109,000 horsepower

Shipping goods from China to the U.S. is big business. And when we say big, we're talking 1,300-foot-long ships that weigh 170,974 tons. The cargo ships in question can carry 11,000 20-foot shipping containers at a breakneck speed of 31 knots.

FEV to show ultra-efficient, Euro 6-compliant 1.6-liter diesel engine at SAE World Congress

Advanced powertrain developer FEV, Inc., will show off its High Efficiency Combustion System (HECS) diesel engine at the 2011 SAE World Congress. The HECS engine features advanced and conventional technologies to achieve low CO2 emissions and a 17-percent reduction in fuel consumption, while meeting Euro 6 emissions standards without an exhaust gas

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