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    Official: 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 ...

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    Study: 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 ...

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    EPA director: "The future of the internal combustion engine is bright and clear"

    "The future of the internal combustion engine is bright and clear; I don't think that could be any more obvious to all of us." Those are the words of Byron Bunker, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's heavy-duty on-road center – a division of the Office of Transportation ...

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    Rumormill: 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. Beyond that, ...

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    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 ...

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    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. Why is this ...

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    Yuchai International unveils China's first Euro VI-compliant diesel engine

    China's Yuchai International Limited has announced that its subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL), just unveiled China's first-ever Euro VI-compliant diesel engine for heavy-duty trucks. Based on a GYMCL 8.4-liter oil-burning mill, the Euro VI-compliant engine was ...

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    Report: Suzuki looks to Fiat for 30,000 1.6-liter diesel engines a year

    2010 Suzuki SX4 SportBack by RoadRace Motorsports - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Suzuki has extended its alliance with Fiat SpA with the announcement that it will turn to the Italian automaker to supply it with 1.6-liter diesel engines. According to the Nikkei (sub. req.), Fiat will ...

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    Cummins developing 28-mpg 2.8-liter 4-cylinder diesel for Nissan Titan

    Is Nissan hunting for a fuel-efficient diesel engine to stuff between the fenders of its Titan pickup truck? Well, according to Automotive News (sub. req.), that seems to be the case. Thanks to $15 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Cummins is developing a 2.8-liter ...

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    Ward's Auto details VW's 2.0-liter turbodiesel, a "10 Best Engines" winner

    It's no secret that editors at Ward's Automotive are enamored with Volkswagen's fuel-efficient, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. After all, the oil-burning TDI mill did make its way onto Ward's 2011 list of "10 Best Engines." In testing the 2.0-liter engine (coupled to a six-speed ...

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    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 ...

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    Scania unveils 13.0-liter, Euro 6-compliant diesel engine

    Scania has unveiled its duo of 13.0-liter Euro 6-compliant diesel engines that combine close to a jillion technical solutions to meet stringent emission requirements without sacrificing even a smidge in overall fuel economy. The 440- and 480-horsepower heavy-duty diesels, developed entirely ...

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    Report: 2013 Chevrolet Cruze to get 2.0-liter diesel engine

    2011 Chevrolet Cruze – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Last fall, the Chevrolet Cruze sedan hit the North American market, and while Chevy's compact is offered with a diesel engine option in some of the 60-plus countries that it's sold in worldwide, the U.S. version makes due, at ...

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    Alfa Romeo Guilietta gets second-gen Multijet diesel; returns 52.3 mpg

    Alfa Romeo Guilietta – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Back in October, rumors started to fly claiming that the Alfa Romeo Giulietta would become the foundation for the Dodge Caliber's successor. It's assumed that the Alfa-based Caliber replacement will show up sometime in late ...

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    Porsche considers selling diesel-engined Panamera, Cayenne in U.S.

    2010 Porsche Panamera 4S - Click above for high-res image gallery
    German automaker Porsche is apparently mulling the possibility of selling diesel versions of both its Cayenne sport utility vehicle and its four-door Panamera here in the U.S. The addition of a pair of oil-burning models could ...

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    2012 Mazda5 available with clean-burning 1.6-liter diesel engine in Europe

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    In the U.S., the Mazda5 MPV, a more spacious version of the Mazda3, stands alone in its class. However, over in Europe, the mini-minivan segment is chock full of vehicles like the Ford Grand C-Max to compete with the Mazda5 for ...

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    Limited edition Smart ForTwo Lightshine emits a mere 86 g/km of CO2 *UPDATE

    2010 Smart ForTwo – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Smart has announced that it will launch a limited edition version of its ForTwo city car that emits a paltry 86 grams per kilometer of CO2. Smart claims that this special edition model, a UK-only offering called the Lightshine, is ...

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    Volkswagen launches BlueMotion Passat CC, Scirocco in UK

    Volkswagen Passat CC BlueMotion
    Volkswagen has applied some eco tweaks to enhance the fuel economy of both the Passat CC and Scirocco models sold in the UK. Marketed under the umbrella term "BlueMotion Technology" (seen also in the branding of the Golf Blue-e-motion), Volkswagen's new Passat CC ...

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    Audi launches pair of new TDI-powered A4 models; sedan to get 53.5 mpg

    Audi will up the fuel efficiency ante with the addition of two new models that bring a new miles per gallon level to the A4 lineup that has never been reached. Packing 2.0-liter TDI engines, the pair of new models – a sedan and an Avant (wagon) – boast near best-in-class fuel economy ...

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    Six months spent in Audi's A3 TDI is nothing but pure delight

    2010 Audi A3 TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Audi A3 TDI is typical of the clean diesel breed. It offers impressive low-end torque, belches out little in the emissions category and scores on the efficiency chart. The A3 also coddles both the driver and passengers with ...


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