Diesel

FCA to fix coupling on Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is replacing a potentially faulty exhaust coupling in the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup that can send diesel fumes into the cabin through the air conditioner. The coupling is between the engine's exhaust manifolds and the catalytic converter....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Old vs. new diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Whether we're talking diesel or gasoline, the issue in Europe is more about old technology and higher emissions....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Has diesel peaked in Europe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe. Driving into Paris a few years ago in a Peugeot diesel hatchback, I became lodged in a long line of traffic. I started coughing violently. It was so bad, I nearly couldn't drive. I blamed diesel fumes....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Has diesel had its day in Europe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Pollution is one reason why the diesel engine has perhaps peaked at 50 percent of new-car sales in most of Europe....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

When fuel is down, everything else is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
I have found that when fuel prices drop, the economy revives and spending is up, creating jobs, new businesses and greatly increased car sales and sales tax revenue. That is good, not bad, news....
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RICHARD TRUETT

More black eyes for the diesel engine

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
The diesel engine is in trouble in Europe. Diesel's reputation is being blackened because air quality in many European cities is poor, and that is causing health problems. Fingers are pointing at diesel engines....
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France offers up to 10,000 euros to encourage diesel drivers to switch to electric cars

Feb. 5, 2015 12:01 CET
France will gradually align taxes on diesel and gasoline and offer a bonus of up to 10,000 euros ($11,422) to consumers who buy an electric car to replace an old diesel vehicle....
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Ram 1500's highway mpg rises to 29

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Ram has added a bit more daylight between the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ford's redesigned lightweight F-150 in the highway fuel economy race....
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FLIP SIDE OF LOW GAS PRICES

Diesel's premium grows, shuffling fuel economy math

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Plummeting gasoline prices have shaken up some of the mathematical calculations that made diesel an attractive alternative fuel for efficiency-minded drivers. But industry insiders and analysts say diesels offer key advantages that make them less sensitive than hybrid vehicles to fuel-price swings....
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Nissan Titan goes big rig

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Despite lackluster sales, Nissan is giving the Titan another shot. An all-new version of the full-size pickup is scheduled to be shown in Detroit in January at the North American International Auto Show....
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Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st diesel plug-in hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The Audi Q7 will be the first Volkswagen Group model offered with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain....
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BRUCE GAIN

France is hurting its domestic automakers with diesel policy shift

5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
For environmental and public health reasons France is ending a government policy that has long promoted the purchase of diesel cars, but the move will hurt domestic automakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen....
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Renault, PSA criticize France's about-face on diesels

Dec. 2, 2014 12:23 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault have criticized the French government's plans to end its diesel-friendly policy for new cars. PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said the policy change will hurt its competitiveness against German rivals....
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Diesel Mazda6 still on the map

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Despite engineering delays, Mazda still plans to launch a diesel engine in its Mazda6 midsize sedan, the company's top North American executive says....
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France will rank cars for pollution, seek diesel phase out

Dec. 1, 2014 10:02 CET
France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for passenger cars and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to get the U.S. into diesels

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
European automakers and suppliers have been trying for years to get U.S. drivers excited about diesels. Experience has proved that a test drive can be a deal-maker....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to get the U.S. into diesels

8:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
European automakers and suppliers have been trying for years to get U.S. drivers excited about diesels. Experience has proved that a test drive can be a deal-maker....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel....
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Volkswagen's marketing boss Shahani tunes into dealers for ad suggestions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
As Volkswagen rides out a U.S. product drought, marketing chief Vinay Shahani is giving restive dealers a larger and more formal role in setting advertising strategy....
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Jaguar prices XE's volume version above BMW 3 series

Oct. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The Jaguar XE's likely best-selling model, the XE 2.0-liter diesel sedan, will start at 29,775 pounds (37,713 euros) in the UK, topping the price of rival BMW's equivalent model, the 320d Efficient Dynamics sedan, by 1,000 pounds....
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Porsche plans diesel-powered Macan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Porsche plans to introduce a diesel-powered version of its Macan crossover in the U.S. in a little more than a year. "We are now busy with the development and the engineering," said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc. "I can confirm that V-6 diesel offering with about 245 hp."...
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Dealers to get Titan diesel training

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Nissan executives have promised that next year's redesigned Titan pickup, with an optional 5.0-liter V-8 diesel, will be a bold new product for the brand....
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Ram to produce more diesel-powered pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Chrysler says it will produce more light-duty, diesel-powered Ram pickups to meet strong demand. The company said the optional diesel engine will account for 20 percent of the Ram 1500 pickup's annual production, an estimated 70,000 vehicles, up from 10 percent today....
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Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the light-duty Ram pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent now, Chrysler said today, without giving details....
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1st brand with 30 mpg pickup wins, Hegbloom says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Engineers are not satisfied with the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel's 28 mpg EPA highway rating and are gunning for 30 -- and eventually higher....
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