2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Cut Short for Diesel in 2014

Anyone thinking about buying a new Jeep Grand Cherokee would be wise to wait until next January when the truck will pick up an eight-speed transmission.

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Global Diesel Sales to Exceed 12 Percent by 2018: Study

Its no secret that gas is getting expensive and making efficient clean diesels look more attractive, but a new study is estimating that diesel light-duty vehicles will account for 12.4 percent of global sales by 2018.

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Diesel Exhaust a Cause of Lung Cancer Says WHO

The World Health Organization has concluded that diesel exhaust is a cause of lung cancer, a move that could significantly impact the proliferation of diesel engine vehicles in North America.

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2013 Mercedes GLK Hits US Roads With New Safety Features

Mercedes-Benz is bringing a host of updates to the 2013 GLK Sport Utility including an updated appearance, new standard safety features and for the first time in the U.S., a diesel option.

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BMW 7 Series Diesel Not Headed to US: Brand Confirms

Reports started hitting the internet this week of a BMW 7 Series diesel heading for the U.S. market, something that got notoriously diesel-enthusiastic auto journalists excited. But those reports are little more than hot air according to a company spokesman. 

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Mazda Announces Diesel Racing Program for Grand Am Series

Mazda Motorsports is looking to change the face of motorsports in North America, announcing that it will be supplying clean Skyactiv-D diesel engines to teams for the 2013 season.

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SRT Boss Wants Performance Diesel Vehicles

Diesel is quickly becoming a new option for car makers looking to have powerful, yet fuel friendly engines. Mercedes and BMW’s AMG and M, in house tuning divisions have announced future diesel vehicles catered for performance driving, and it looks like the SRT brand will be offering its own in the future.

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Kia Diesel Engine for US Hinted on Facebook

Delivery of diverse diesel passenger car lines in the U.S. isn’t an uncertainty anymore, but rather a waiting game. There’s almost no question that the world’s automakers will soon offer more diesel cars to Americans, it’s just a question of when.

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California Approves $100 Million Green Technology Investment

Last week, California’s Energy Commission voted unanimously in favor of a $100 million investment plan that promotes the use of green vehicle technologies

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2014 Mazda CX-9 Could Offer Diesel Option

A diesel-powered Mazda CX-9 featuring the brand’s 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D engine could be on the horizon soon.

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Available Diesel Models in US to Double by 2015: Bosch Boss Predicts

Demand for diesel-powered passenger cars is growing in the U.S., though it’s still a fraction of the market — a trend Bosch boss Peter Marks sees accelerating in the future.

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Mercedes-Benz Bringing More Diesels to US in Future: Date Undecided

When Mercedes-Benz showed its 2013 GLK line off at the New York Auto Show, we got out first look at the brand’s brave new attempt at bringing diesel engines to the U.S., but is it really that courageous?

Brands competing with Mercedes, nearly all of them in fact, have either brought diesel cars to market or plan to do so very soon. While the GLK 250 BlueTEC is a decent start, it might not be enough to compete with companies like Cadillac, which announced plans for its new ATS sedan to offer a diesel engine during its first life cycle.

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EPA Vs CAFE: The Two Sides of Fuel Economy Numbers

Fuel economy numbers are more important now than ever before, as gas prices continue to rise in North America.

Recently Dodge came under criticism for announcing its upcoming Dart compact will get 40 mpg combined.

An impressively high number, even a class-leading car like the Hyundai Elantra, which gets 40 mpg highway, only achieves an average of 33 mpg. While the exact fuel economy figures have yet to be released and a 40 mpg highway rating is still in sight, when the Dart (above) goes on sale later this year it most certainly will not get 40 mpg average; not in real world driving and not even on the window sticker.

Dodge wasn’t wrong. They’re not even entirely to blame. If fact, they were just using a different testing method to get their fuel economy numbers. Or to put it more accurately, they weren’t even doing the testing. So why would a different testing method be used? It’s a long and complex story, but the gist of it is that according to a government mandate, in order for Fiat to take control of Chrysler it needed achieve three goals, the final one being building a 40 mpg car on American soil. Being government related, that number is a CAFE number, not an EPA number. What’s the difference? Read on.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Diesel Debuts: 2012 New York Auto Show

Among the three debuting Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the 2013 GLK crossovers bowed at the 2012 New York Auto Show today. 

Consumers will be able to choose between two versions: the higher-level GLK 350 which comes with a 3.5-liter V6, or the more efficiency minded GLK250 BlueTEC, which comes with a 2.1-liter diesel engine.

While some Merc loyalists might find the 350 variant’s brawnier 302 horsepower rating attractive, we’re calling the cheaper diesel option a better bargain. That assertion is based on a couple of points. First, the GLK 250 BlueTEC only packs 190 horsepower, but a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque, which will be more readily apparent to most drivers.

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Diesel Preview: Five New Diesel Models Coming to America

For what seems like forever, North America has been left behind when it comes to diesel cars. Sure there are a few options, but nowhere near as many as our friends in Europe. In fact, according to the Automotive Industry Data Newsletter, 52% of all new car sales last year in Western Europe were diesel powered.

Diesel engines offer unique advantages, with plenty of torque making tiny power plants more useable in small cars, while making modest size engines a functional alternative to much larger gasoline ones in SUVs. Towing, after all, is not something hybrids are known for. Additionally, diesel engines can provide fuel economy closer to that of a hybrid, without any of the worries surrounding new technology; plus, there’s no battery pack compromising passenger or storage space.

With those advantages, not to mention a push by automakers to meet increasingly strict corporate average fuel economy standards, a slew of diesel models are set to arrive on our shores in the near future. If you’re considering the switch to diesel power, here are a few options you’ll soon be able to consider.

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