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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...

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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...


Bosch claims to cut diesel NOx emissions to a tenth of legal maximum
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Bosch claims to cut diesel NOx emissions to a tenth of legal maximum

At an event after its annual general meeting, Bosch announced a new diesel engine technology that reportedly slashes oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. The engineering and automotive parts supplier claims vehicles equipped with this new technology can hit NOx output figures as low as 13mg per kilometre, with test vehicle averaging 40mg/km...


2013-14 Subaru Forester manual diesel recalled
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2013-14 Subaru Forester manual diesel recalled

Subaru Australia has recalled 2013-2014 Foresters with a diesel engine and manual transmission, over concerns a wiring loom could rub against the clutch pipe, causing a short circuit. According to the company, if the wiring loom insulation wears out, there's a risk of the engine stalling and not restarting. If the condition occurs, it increases the risk of an accident...


2018 Alpina XD4 surfaces online
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2018 Alpina XD4 surfaces online

The new Alpina XD4 has been quietly revealed on the company's website, becoming the first BMW SUV coupe offered in the tuning arm's line-up...


Volkswagen Amarok: 200kW confirmed for new V6
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Volkswagen Amarok: 200kW confirmed for new V6

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed outputs for the uprated Amarok V6 due in the third quarter of 2018, with the revised engine claiming a power output of 200kW, on overboost. Speaking with CarAdvice, local communications boss Paul Pottinger confirmed the details, while also taking a thinly veiled swipe at the upcoming V6 version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class...


Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 jobs in the UK - report
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Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 jobs in the UK - report

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has cut 1000 jobs at its Solihull base this week, according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar reports the British manufacturer has restricted the layoffs to agency workers, with JLR citing a decline in diesel vehicle sales for the decision...


Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets a power boost
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Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets a power boost

Volkswagen has announced a more powerful Amarok V6 is on the way, just in time to greet the range-topping V6 Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Power will come from a new, Euro 6 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 making 190kW and 580Nm – up from the 165kW and 550Nm (180kW on over boost) offered by the current range-topper...


BMW raided by German prosecutors
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BMW raided by German prosecutors

BMW facilities in Austria and Germany have been searched by prosecutors in search of defeat devices. According to a report in Automotive News, around 100 police and law enforcement officials raided the brand's Munich HQ and its engine plant in Steyr, Austria. Prosecutors told the outlet "there is an early suspicion that BMW has used a test bench-related defeat device", in a statement...


Fiat Chrysler to kill diesel by 2022 - Report
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Fiat Chrysler to kill diesel by 2022 - Report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will end production of its diesel vehicles by 2022, telling the Financial Times a lack of demand and high costs are behind the decision. According to the report, people "familiar with the [diesel] strategy" say the company will announce decision as part of a four-year plan, set to be fully revealed on June 1...


2018 Ford Edge arrives in Europe with 175kW bi-turbo diesel
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2018 Ford Edge arrives in Europe with 175kW bi-turbo diesel

The facelifted Ford Edge has been detailed for the European market, headlined by a new 2.0-litre 'EcoBlue' bi-turbo diesel engine which could hint at what's to come for the Australian Endura. Updates for Europe include a fresh look already seen on the '2019' US-market version, and a revised version of the sporty ST-Line variant offering the same good looks as the American model...


Porsche Macan S and Panamera 4S diesel production ends, future unclear - UPDATE
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Porsche Macan S and Panamera 4S diesel production ends, future unclear - UPDATE

UPDATE: Porsche has released an updated statement, which has been added to the end of the article.  Porsche has ended production of the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel, but reports of diesel's demise could be premature. An overnight report from Autocar said the company would stop building its last two diesel models, as part of a "cultural shift" toward plug-in hybrid vehicles...


2.23 million diesel cars on local roads
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2.23 million diesel cars on local roads

Diesel popularity is falling amid a storm of negative publicity, but there are still more than 2.2 million diesel passenger cars on Australian roads. According to data firm Roy Morgan, 45 per cent of Australians would still seriously consider buying a diesel – down from 50 per cent in 2016, but comfortably more than those considering an electric car (37 per cent) or an LPG vehicle (21 per cent)...


Fiat Chrysler, owners and US government nearing diesel solution
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Fiat Chrysler, owners and US government nearing diesel solution

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has entered talks with diesel owners and the US Department of Justice, as the parties near settlement over cars fitted with emissions defeat devices. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a lawsuit against FCA in May this year, arguing the company used a 'defeat device' in 104,000 Ram 1500 pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs fitted with the 3...