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2019 Ford Ranger: Half of XLT/Wildtraks are bi-turbo

Were you wondering whether buyers would take to the 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine offered in the new Ford Ranger? Wonder no longer, because it appears they're happily hopping aboard the downsizing train...

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Audi Q7 3.0TDI temporarily removed from sale in Australia
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Audi Q7 3.0TDI temporarily removed from sale in Australia

Audi Australia has temporarily removed the non-S Q7 from its line-up, as the factory in Germany revises the car's AdBlue diesel exhaust treatment system. According to Audi, it's currently "working on a solution to improve recognition of the wrong medium” being added to the AdBlue tank in Q7 3.0TDI vehicles...


Peugeot no longer investing in diesel engines
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Peugeot no longer investing in diesel engines

French manufacturer Peugeot says that while it will continue to sell diesel vehicles across multiple markets, it has stopped its R&D spend into the technology as it shifts focus to electrification...


Porsche: Can hybrids plug the diesel void?
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Porsche: Can hybrids plug the diesel void?

After whispers from earlier this year, Porsche this week announced it's getting out of the diesel business. Production of the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel was halted in February, kickstarting speculation about what role the fuel would play in Porsches future...


Porsche ends diesel production for good
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Porsche ends diesel production for good

Porsche has officially ended production of its diesel vehicles, instead shifting its focus to e-mobility.  Using an official statement published on the company media website, Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume, said the company wasn't "demonising" what is an "important propulsion technology", but admitted it would have a "diesel-free" future...


Cadillac nixes diesel development in favour of electrification - report
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Cadillac nixes diesel development in favour of electrification - report

Cadillac has put the development of diesel engines on hold, as the wider industry pushes toward hybrid and pure-electric vehicles. According to a report by Automotive News, Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac, said "markets may be changing more quickly" than the company first anticipated. "Going forward, we will focus on electrification," he told the industry journal...


Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche diesel models hit with Swiss registration ban
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Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche diesel models hit with Swiss registration ban

FEDERO, the Federal Roads Office in Switzerland, will stop some diesel Audi A6/A7, Mercedes-Benz Vito, Porsche Macan and Porsche Cayenne models fitted with 'defeat devices' from being registered. A release from the body said any vehicles imported after tomorrow won't be road register-able until they have the 'defeat device' removed, while vehicles already in the country will need to be tweaked to meet emissions standards...


Peugeot 308, 3008, 5008 diesels recalled
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Peugeot 308, 3008, 5008 diesels recalled

Inchcape Australia has issued a recall notice for diesel-powered Peugeot 308, 3008 and 5008 models, over concerns about engine overheating. According to the company, the cooling strategy and maximum temperature alert might make the engine overheat. If the engine overheats and seizes on the move, owners and other road users could be at risk of an accident...


2019 Volkswagen Touareg gets 170kW V6 TDI option in the UK
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2019 Volkswagen Touareg gets 170kW V6 TDI option in the UK

The new-generation Volkswagen Touareg has already been on sale in the UK for a while, and the company's British division has announced an additional engine variant this week. Starting at £48,995 ($85,397), the new 231PS (170kW) 3.0 TDI V6 turbo-diesel is essentially a lower-output version of the 281PS (206kW) oiler that has been available since launch in the UK...


Honda Civic diesel gets nine-speed auto in the UK
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Honda Civic diesel gets nine-speed auto in the UK

Honda UK has released details of the revised Civic i-DTEC diesel, which is now available with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. All grades of the Civic diesel in the UK will be offered with the new self-shifter as an option, which has a low first-gear ratio for a "smooth and powerful launch", while the high top-gear ratio "ensures low engine speed while cruising" for improved fuel consumption and refinement...


Hyundai Kona adds diesel option in Europe, not for Oz
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Hyundai Kona adds diesel option in Europe, not for Oz

Hyundai Motor Europe has expanded its powertrain offerings for the Kona small SUV, bringing a new diesel option, along with a front-wheel drive variant for the existing 1.6-litre turbo petrol. The diesel comes from Hyundai's new Smart Stream engine family, claiming to offer "improved real-life fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions"...


Ex-Volkswagen engine chief bailed
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Ex-Volkswagen engine chief bailed

Ex-Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi research and development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has been released from pre-trial detention under a strict set of conditions designed to stop him fleeing Germany. According to reports in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the ex-engine boss was bailed for €3 million ($4.7 million) earlier this week...


Audi CEO arrested over 'evidence suppression' risk
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Audi CEO arrested over 'evidence suppression' risk

Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler, has been detained by German police over matters relating to the (seemingly never-ending) Dieselgate saga. Munich police cited the potential for "evidence suppression" as the reason for his arrest, just a week after he was added to a list of around 20 Volkswagen Group executives being investigated for fraud in relation to the diesel emissions cheating scandal...


2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS: Bi-turbo diesel confirmed, unlikely for Australia – UPDATE
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2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS: Bi-turbo diesel confirmed, unlikely for Australia – UPDATE

UPDATE (15/6/18): Skoda Australia has issued comments regarding the local availability of the Kodiaq RS. See bottom of article for details Further details about the Skoda Kodiaq RS have dripped out ahead of the car's debut later this year. The Kodiaq RS, in the hands of Sabine Schmitz, completed a lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 9 minutes 29...


Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices

Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz has been forced to recall around 774,000 vehicles across its C-Class, GLC and Vito model lines in Europe, after being accused by German authorities of fitting emissions defeat devices in certain diesel models...


2019 Hyundai Tucson to offer 48V mild-hybrid option – UPDATE
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2019 Hyundai Tucson to offer 48V mild-hybrid option – UPDATE

UPDATE (8/6/18): Hyundai Australia has issued a statement regarding the Tucson 48V hybrid. See bottom of article for details. Hyundai Motor Europe has confirmed it will offer a new 48V mild-hybrid system in diesel versions of the facelifted 2019 Tucson from later this year. Following sister brand Kia and the facelifted Sportage, the related Tucson will benefit from a 0...


Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE
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Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE

UPDATE: Daimler's statement in response to the recall order affecting 1.6-litre diesel variants of the Vito van, has been added to this article. Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, could be facing an investigation from German authorities due to suspected use of emissions-cheating software in its diesel engines...


Audi A6, A7 V6 TDI: New emissions-testing cheat device found
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Audi A6, A7 V6 TDI: New emissions-testing cheat device found

A new emissions-testing cheat device has been discovered on one version of the 3.0-litre V6 TDI fitted to the outgoing Audi A6 and Audi A7 models. Der Spiegel has learnt Germany's Motor Transport Authority (KBA) is investigating one of the diesel engines used in the now-usurped Audi A6 and A7 ranges for a suspected emissions-testing cheat device...


Nissan to axe diesels in Europe
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Nissan to axe diesels in Europe

Nissan has confirmed it will gradually withdraw diesel-powered models in Europe, following a similar decision made by fellow Japanese automaker Toyota. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, a "Nissan spokeswoman" confirmed the news, as a result of slowing sales and customer anxiety about looming tax rises, bans and restrictions...


2018 BMW 620d Gran Turismo revealed - UPDATE
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2018 BMW 620d Gran Turismo revealed - UPDATE

UPDATE (3/4/18): BMW Australia has confirmed the 620d GT will arrive in local showrooms in September. The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo range has been bolstered by the addition of a new entry-level variant – the 620d GT. Becoming the first four-cylinder diesel model in the range, the 620d GT features BMW's 140kW/400Nm 2...