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Fiat Chrysler to settle US diesel emissions cases for $1.1 billion

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will pay out roughly US$800 million ($1.1 billion) in fines, fixes and compensation to settle claims some of its diesel engines cheated their way past emissions regulations...

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Class action against Toyota over DPF issues being considered
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Class action against Toyota over DPF issues being considered

Toyota Australia is facing a class action lawsuit over issues with the Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) in 2015-18 HiLux, Prado and Fortuner vehicles powered by the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine. According to the legal firm considering the claim, its clients have experienced "increased fuel consumption and a loss of power of the vehicle" because "hard deposits accumulating on the DPF oxidisation catalyst" stop it reaching the necessary temperature...


Hyundai Santa Fe diesel cancelled for the US
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Hyundai Santa Fe diesel cancelled for the US

The new Hyundai Santa Fe will no longer be offered as a diesel or a seven-seater in the US, according to a new article out of North America. Green Car Reports received confirmation from a Hyundai spokesperson the Korean manufacturer has decided to cull plans to offer the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel Santa Fe in the North American market – the main powertrain available in Australia...


2018 Jaguar E-Pace HSE D180 review
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2018 Jaguar E-Pace HSE D180 review

The Jaguar E-Pace doesn't lack presence, and there's something for everyone in the range. So is the D180 worth a look?


Mazda CX-8: Petrol off the menu for Australia
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Mazda CX-8: Petrol off the menu for Australia

With the CX-9 and CX-5 now available with a turbocharged petrol engine, Mazda has ruled out bringing a petrol version of its segment-straddling CX-8 to Australia. With power from the same 2.5-litre turbo and naturally-aspirated engines offered in the CX-5, the non-diesel CX-8 was revealed as part of a mid-life refresh in Japan...


Mercedes-Benz A200d, A220d revealed in Europe
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Mercedes-Benz A200d, A220d revealed in Europe

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a pair of diesel A-Class variants for Europe, with power from two versions of the same 2.0-litre engine. Both models will sit above the 1.5-litre A180d in the European A-Class range, with power from 'OM654' engines designed to put Mercedes ahead of the curve on Real Driving Emissions 2 standards coming into force in 2020...


Toyota RAV4: Local arm targeting 20 per cent hybrid sales
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Toyota RAV4: Local arm targeting 20 per cent hybrid sales

Toyota Australia expects the upcoming RAV4 Hybrid to see similar success to the petrol-electric Corolla and Camry ranges, projecting it'll account for a 20 per cent slice of overall sales. Speaking at the global launch drive of the all-new RAV4 in California, Sean Hanley, Toyota's local vice president for sales and marketing, said the local division expects hybrid models to account for one in every five RAV4s sold in Australia...


Mercedes-Benz E300de PHEV launches in the UK
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Mercedes-Benz E300de PHEV launches in the UK

Mercedes-Benz UK has launched the E300de plug-in hybrid in both sedan and wagon variants, adding diesel-electric power to its large car line-up. First previewed in March at the Geneva motor show, the E300de pairs a 145kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel with a 91kW/440Nm electric motor and 13.5kWh battery system...


Rupert Stadler released from custody
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Rupert Stadler released from custody

Rupert Stadler, ex-chief executive of Audi, has been released from custody, according to a new report from Reuters.  The news outlet quotes a Munich court, which confirmed the executive was released on Tuesday. He was arrested in June, after prosecutors raised concerns he was trying to tamper with the ongoing Dieselgate investigation...


BMW recalls 1.6 million diesels globally over fire risk
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BMW recalls 1.6 million diesels globally over fire risk

BMW has extended a safety recall for diesel vehicles across various model lines over a potential fire risk – now affecting around 268,000 units in the UK and 1.6 million globally. According to the Bavarian marque, the fault could see the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler can leak glycol liquid, which could result in "smoldering particles" when combined with high temperatures in the EGR modules and "typical soot particles"...


Opel probed by German authorities over diesel emissions
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Opel probed by German authorities over diesel emissions

German manufacturer Opel has had its Russelsheim and Kaiserslautern operations searched by German prosecutors this week, as part of an investigation into potential emissions cheating with diesel vehicles...


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...


Israel plans 2030 internal-combustion sales ban
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Israel plans 2030 internal-combustion sales ban

Israel plans to ban new internal-combustion car and truck sales by 2030, citing health concerns as the main reason. Dr Yuval Steinitz, the energy minister, said the country will make "a gradual transition to electric cars and [compressed] natural gas trucks" with "an absolute ban on the import of cars with polluting fuels" starting from 2030...


Jaguar Land Rover: Slow sales force two-week plant closure
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Jaguar Land Rover: Slow sales force two-week plant closure

Jaguar Land Rover will close its Solihull factory for two weeks from October 22, on the back of falling demand in the Chinese market. The British carmaker saw sales in China fall 46.2 per cent in September. The company blamed tariff changes and the ongoing trade war with the US as the main factors in the decline. Jaguar Land Rover's global sales in September were down 12...


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...


2019 Ford S-Max, Galaxy updates revealed
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2019 Ford S-Max, Galaxy updates revealed

Ford Europe has announced meaningful updates to the S-Max and Galaxy people movers, amid growing speculation they won't be offered for all that much longer. The headline upgrade is a new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, offered in 88kW, 110kW and 139kW tunes. It'll be coupled with an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual, depending on spec, while both front- and all-wheel drive will be offered...


Volkswagen, Bosch executives refuse to testify in Dieselgate lawsuit - report
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Volkswagen, Bosch executives refuse to testify in Dieselgate lawsuit - report

Former Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn, and Bosch CEO, Volkmar Denner, are among witnesses refusing to testify in a trial against Porsche SE, the main shareholder of Volkswagen Group. The presiding judge of the regional court in Stuttgart, Fabian Richter Reuschle, said of the decision: “we have to accept that we cannot force them to incriminate themselves," according to reporting from Automotive News...


Skoda Kodiaq RS teased... again
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Skoda Kodiaq RS teased... again

Skoda has released a teaser video of its upcoming Kodiaq RS, set for a launch at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The video shows the car in its hero Race Blue colour, which will be available exclusively on the vRS model. This is the first time the car has been shown without camouflage, and as expected, features a more aggressive grill, along with full-LED headlights...