Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘Audi diesel’

New VW Diesel Could Fuel Further Demand for High-Mileage Alternative

Automakers continue debating diesel benefits but VW is committed.

by on Mar.19, 2014

The new diesel will show up in a variety of VW models including the latest Golf GTD.

Volkswagen of America plans to bring its newest clean diesel engine to North America later this year, a move that could add even more momentum to the revival of the high-mileage technology.

VW has been one of the biggest proponents of the new diesel technology beginning to show up in a growing array of automotive applications – with makers as diverse as Chevrolet, Jeep, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz adding new “oil-burners” to their line-up.

Product News!

VW’s latest diesel, known internally as the EA288 engine, was unveiled this week during a conference in Detroit.  According to Douglas Skorupski, VWoA” manager of technical strategy, it will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta models, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms during the second half of 2014.

(more…)

Diesel Rebound for Volkswagen

Maker moves 100,000 “oil burners” in 2013.

by on Dec.23, 2013

Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh with two of the new diesel models the maker has launched for 2014.

Despite falling sales at its flagship VW brand, the Volkswagen Group of America has defied naysayers who have long argued that U.S. motorists won’t buy diesels – moving more than 100,000 Volkswagen Audi “oil burners” during 2013.

It marks the first time the Volkswagen Group has reached this milestone in a calendar year, according to Mark McNabb, Volkswagen of America’s new chief operating officer.  Volkswagen and Audi currently offer 12 different TDI Clean Diesel powered models in the United States, including three new models launched by the upscale brand for 2014.

Fuel for Thought!

“Selling more than 100,000 TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is a significant milestone for Volkswagen Group of America,” McNabb said. “We’re excited to see the increasing numbers of customers able to enjoy the reliability, durability, fuel-efficiency and power of the clean diesel engine.”

(more…)

New Air Pollution Study Raises Concerns About Diesel

Study confirms air pollution causes lung cancer.

by on Oct.21, 2013

Diesel emissions have been linked to lung cancer, especially in emerging markets where pollution controls are minimal.

Government officials took the unusual step of closing some of the freeways in Beijing earlier this month, the latest in a series of increasingly frantic efforts to reduce the city’s seemingly endemic problems with air pollution so severe many residents now walk around wearing masks to reduce the amount of soot and smoke they breathe in.

They have reason to worry, warns a new study released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Based in Lyon, France, and the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, the IARC has formally declared what many medical experts have long suspected: that air pollution causes lung cancer.

The study points an accusing finger at a variety of sources, including the coal-burning power plants of China, the widespread agricultural operations of California – and the diesel cars and trucks found all over the world.

Clear the Air!

“The air most people breathe has become polluted with a complicated mixture of cancer-causing substances,” said IARC department chief Kurt Straif told the Associated Press, warning that air pollution is now considered to create a more serious risk of lung cancer than second-hand cigarette smoke. The agency contends more than 220,000 people around the world died in 2010 due to cancers arising from air pollution.

(more…)

Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept is One Wild Ride

Another surprise from Frankfurt.

by on Sep.10, 2013

Audi teamed with Italdesign on the Nanuk Concept.

Audi, it seems, is full of surprises as it helps get the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show underway.  We’ve already gotten a look at the Sport Quattro Concept and the new 2014 A3 Cabriolet, but this year the maker is kicking in with a third new design, the wild and striking Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept.

Bearing hints of a tricked-out A7 – with just a hint, dare we say it, of a Chevy Camaro – it’s an all-wheel-drive, turbo-diesel supercar designed by the legendary Italdesign Giugiaro. Oh, and if the Nanuk creates a sense of déjà vu, no surprise. The Italdesign team just happened to craft the not-so-coincidentally similar Giugiaro Parcour Concept for Audi earlier this year.

Your Auto Show Source!

Like the Sport Quattro Concept, the Nanuk highlights the Audi all-wheel-drive system, and it is also meant to prove that high performance is not necessarily synonymous with low fuel economy.

The Nanuck’s twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V-10 turbodiesel pours out a solid 544 horsepower – but what’s really impressive is its 738 pound-feet of torque delivered through a modified 7-speed Steptronic gearbox.  That’s enough to launch the nearly 4,200-pound concept vehicle from 0 to 100 kmh – 0 to 62.5 mph – in a mere 3.8 seconds, with Nanuck top speed rated at 190 mph.

(more…)

After Nearly Killing the Diesel, GM Brings it Back

Chevrolet launches Cruze diesel, considers other options.

by on May.24, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will have the highest highway mileage rating of any non-hybid passenger car sold in the U.S.

The company that all but killed the diesel engine is now hoping to bring it back.

For the first time since 1986, General Motors began selling a diesel-powered passenger car this week, and company officials say that a successful launch of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel could convince them to add additional “oil burners” to the line-up.

“We’ll be watching very closely,” said Chris Perry, vice president of marketing for the Chevrolet brand, adding that with the launch of the Cruze Diesel, Chevy hopes to give some “real competition” to the European makers that currently dominate the small but growing U.S. diesel market, especially Volkswagen.

News from a Source You Can Trust!

Diesels were a significant part of the U.S. market in the late 1970s and early 1980s as American motorists struggled to deal with rising fuel prices after two Mideast energy shocks. But the market took a tumble late in the ‘80s, in part due to some major quality problems with GM diesels, especially an Oldsmobile engine that had a tendency to fail catastrophically.

(more…)

BMW’s Newest Diesel, 2014 328d, Debuting in NY

Latest in a wave of “oil-burners” hitting U.S. market.

by on Mar.14, 2013

BMW will add the new diesel 328d model.

With the apparent embrace of America’s increasingly mileage-minded buyers, German makers are flooding the U.S. market with an assortment of new diesel offerings, BMW to join the fray when it reveals the 328d sedan at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

The compact sedan will catch the spotlight alongside several other new models making their first appearances in North America, including the BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, along with the Concept Active Tourer that anchored the BMW display at the Paris Motor Show last autumn.

Your Automotive Source!

The German maker also plans some significant news on the technology front, including the ability to add mobile WiFi service in some of its products, along with a new eCall emergency call service that can even advise first responders if a crash might result in serious injuries.

(more…)

Chevy Cruze Eco-D Diesel Ready for Chicago Debut

Could usher in wave of new light-duty U.S. diesels.

by on Jan.29, 2013

Chevrolet is expected to introduce the long-awaited diesel version of its Cruze Eco which may yield as much as 50 mpg highway.

The long-awaited Chevrolet Cruze diesel reportedly is set to make its debut at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show.

Set to be the first General Motors passenger car to feature a diesel in the U.S. market for more than two decades, the Cruze is likely to generate significant interest both among consumers and industry insiders. GM officials have made it clear they’ll be closely watching the public’s response to the new model and, if it gains traction, the Cruze diesel could be followed by other GM offerings.

Your Global Auto News Source!

“There is, fundamentally, a place for diesel here,” GM President Mark Reuss, said during a recent interview with TheDetroitBureau.com.

The maker is expected to add a diesel option for its redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. But Reuss indicated he is “personally” in favor of adding more of the so-called “oil-burners” to GM’s North American line-up.

(more…)

Mazda SkyActiv Diesel’s Trial By Fire

A tankful of chicken guts?

by on Jan.24, 2013

Mazda's new diesel racer will get its first trial by fire at Daytona this weekend.

Mazda hopes ride a tankful of chicken guts, beef tallow and pork lard to victory at the grueling Rolex 24 endurance race in Daytona over the coming weekend.

No, the maker isn’t sponsored by the local butcher.  It’s powering its new Mazda6 race car with a custom-made fuel blend that starts out with scraps from Tyson Foods. That organic glop has been converted into a special bio-fuel that will stoke the new SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine that will power Mazda’s entry into the new Grand-Am GX Class at the 24-hour race.

Get a Free Subscription!

“It’s meat packing residue,” explains John Doonan, the director of Mazda’s ambitious motorsports operation.  And the ultimate blend is so clean the Mazda6 race car won’t need particulate filters or any of the other devices used on other diesel-powered race cars.

(more…)

GM “Fundamentally” in Favor of Expanding US Diesel Line-Up

“More to come,” suggests Reuss.

by on Dec.14, 2012

Expect to see GM add a diesel to the powertrain options for the light-duty 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

With its first light-duty diesel set to debut in a manner of months, senior General Motors officials are giving clear indications that they’re ready to launch additional applications of the high-mileage technology, including a diesel for the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.

After years sitting on the sidelines, 2014 could be the year that diesels finally become a viable option for automakers struggling to meet tough need government fuel economy mandates.  Among the various makers that plan to launch or expand their diesel offerings are Mazda, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and, soon, General Motors.

Your Inside Source!

“There is, fundamentally, a place for diesel here,” said GM President Mark Reuss, during an interview following the preview of the completely redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The executive stressed that he is “personally” in favor of adding more of the so-called oil-burners to GM’s North American line-up.

(more…)

Ford Latest to Jump on Diesel Bandwagon

Maker will add 3.2-liter I-5 for new Transit van.

by on Dec.11, 2012

Ford's new Transit van will be offered with the maker's new Power Stroke I-5 diesel.

Ford Motor Co. has done something of an about-face on diesel power, the maker deciding to introduce a 3.2-liter “oil-burner” for the new Transit van it will launch in the U.S. market next year.

It will mark the first time Ford has offered a diesel in a van for the American market since phasing out its Power Stroke V8 in 2010. And with the announcement Ford becomes the latest in a still-small but fast-growing list of manufacturers hoping to boost mileage – and build demand – with high-mileage diesels.  Mazda last month confirmed long-expected plans to offer a diesel in its new Mazda6 sedan.

Your Auto News Source!

Ford has long waivered on making a commitment to diesel, new Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields only last month saying there were no plans to offer the technology in its U.S. passenger car line-up. Instead, Ford has been focusing on its distinctive EcoBoost engines and an expanding line-up of battery-based powertrains.  But it appears the maker saw an opening – and growing demand – in the commercial sector for diesel power.

(more…)