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2014 Mercedes-Benz Diesel E250 Rated at 45 MPG Highway

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec Mercedes-Benz is giving some of its competitors a run for their money with the announcement of the new 2014 diesel E-Class’ fuel economy estimates. The EPA says the 2014 E250 Bluetec should get 28/45 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive 4Matic models will get 27/42 mpg. The E250 Bluetec’s combined fuel economy estimate of 34 is better than what competing hybrids get, including Mercedes’ own E400 Hybrid, which gets 24/30/26 mpg city/highway/combined. The Infiniti ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, Diesel engines, Mercedes Benz E250 Bluetec

Volkswagen TDI Models to Get New Diesel Engine

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI engine Volkswagen has announced that a new diesel engine will be available in 2015 Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat models, which will hit dealer lots by the second half of 2014. The automaker reports that the new engine will produce 236 pound-feet of torque and 150 horsepower, which is a 10 horsepower increase in comparison with the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine that the automaker currently offers. Volkswagen Spokesman Mark Gilles tells Kicking Tires that the new engine should be ... continue reading»

Tags: Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Beetle, Model News, Diesel engines

Diesels Save Fuel, But Do they Save Money?

85 percent of Jetta Sportwagen sales ar Diesel-powered cars have a reputation for being loud, smelly and slow, but they also get very good highway fuel economy. However, just because diesels save fuel doesn't mean they always save their owners money. According to the Diesel Technology Forum, a non-profit that raises awareness of diesel engines,  diesel car registrations increased 24.3 percent between 2010 and 2012, even though car registrations overall only increased 2.75 percent during that time. USA Today writes, "Every time we've ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Analysis, Green Cars, Diesel engines, diesel fuel, alternative fuel

Volkswagen Will Alter Diesel Models to Avoid Misfueling

2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI Volkswagen is retrofitting about 260,000 diesel models in North America with a special fuel filler neck cap to help keep owners of diesel-powered models from accidently refueling with regular gasoline. The cap will shrink the diameter of the fuel neck and thus prevent gasoline pump nozzles from fitting into the fuel neck of a diesel vehicle. Automotive News (subscription required) learned of the service action through a memo that was sent to Volkswagen dealers. The service action applies to ... continue reading»

Tags: Volkswagen, Model News, Diesel engines

Audi and Mazda Get Diesel

A number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but some automakers are also previewing diesel models that will hit showroom floors in the not-so-distant future. A move toward oil burners may make sense, as Diesel Technology Forum reports that sales of clean diesel vehicles increased by more than 25 percent in 2012. "With higher and fluctuating fuel prices, Americans are seeking more fuel efficient cars,” says Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Audi, Mazda, Fuel Economy, Diesel engines, LA Auto Show

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