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Christian Stampfer is the European Editor for The Diesel Driver.

GM to Enlist IBM’s Watson for OnStar Go

GM to Enlist IBM’s Watson for OnStar Go

General Motors and IBM announced plans on Tuesday to integrate IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology in its OnStar telematics system starting in early 2017.
The new platform, dubbed OnStar Go, will be available in over two million GM vehicles including Buicks, Cadillacs, and Chevrolets in the first year.
The system will use …

Mini Set to Launch Countryman Plug-In Hybrid

Mini Set to Launch Countryman Plug-In Hybrid

MUNICH—Mini announced plans for a plug-in hybrid vehicle based on the Mini Countryman on Sunday.
The British automaker said it will be the first time that it offers a combustion engine and an electric motor that enables “purely electric propulsion.” The electric Mini will have zero tailpipe emissions as well.
“With this …

BMW Plans Self-Driving Car, But Not Until 2021

BMW Plans Self-Driving Car, But Not Until 2021

MUNICH — Just weeks after the driver of a Tesla Model S electric vehicle died in a crash in Florida while the car was in its Autopilot mode, BMW announced plans to offer a “self-driving car,” although it won’t be available until 2021 at the earliest and it will use …

German Cities Consider Ban on Diesel Passenger Cars

German Cities Consider Ban on Diesel Passenger Cars

German diesel owners may yet face another challenge much greater than Volkswagen’s Dieselgate: German cities are considering banning diesel-powered vehicles.
The ban would come about because many metropolitan areas cannot meet the requirement for nitrogen oxide, or NOx, emissions and the Deutscher Städtetag, the German Association of Cities, is sounding the …

2016 Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra – Review

2016 Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra – Review

Exactly one and a half years passed since I spent time with the previous generation of the Audi A4. The 2014 Audi A4 was a sophisticated and well-engineered mid-sized premium sedan. However, to compete against other premium competitors, such as the BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes C-Class, it lacked …

BMW Announces Plans for B57 Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

BMW Announces Plans for B57 Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine

MUNICH—At the 37th International Vienna Motor Symposium, BMW announced plans for a new quad-turbo diesel engine.
The new engine, designated B57, will be a 3.0-liter inline 6 turbo-diesel with four turbochargers capable of delivering 394 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, the latter available between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. The powerful …

German Authorities Approve Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ Fix

German Authorities Approve Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ Fix

MUNICH—Volkswagen said Wednesday that the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or Federal Motor Transport Authority has given preliminary approval for the automaker’s proposal to modify diesel engines affected by emissions-cheating software in Germany and Europe.
The plan, which is slated to begin at the end of January, will bring its line of diesel engines into …

Volkswagen: ‘Chain of Mistakes and ‘Insufficient’ IT Infrastructure Led to Dieselgate

Volkswagen: ‘Chain of Mistakes and ‘Insufficient’ IT Infrastructure Led to Dieselgate

MUNICH—Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal was the result of a “chain of mistakes,” a “Fehlerkette” in German, which began in 2005 when the automaker saw an opportunity to develop a niche market in diesel-powered automobiles in the United States, Hans Dieter Pötsch, the company’s chairman, said Thursday.
Realizing that the company could not …

Volkswagen: CO2 Emissions Not as Bad as Feared, ‘Almost All’ Matched Original Figures

Volkswagen: CO2 Emissions Not as Bad as Feared, ‘Almost All’ Matched Original Figures

MUNICH—Volkswagen said that its investigation of possible understatement of carbon dioxide emissions showed that it had the fuel consumption and with it CO2 levels on far fewer vehicles than thought.
“Following extensive internal investigations and measurement checks, it is now clear that almost all of these model variants do correspond to …

Porsche to Invest One Billion Euros in EV Sports Car

Porsche to Invest One Billion Euros in EV Sports Car

MUNICH—Porsche announced Friday it will invest approximately €1 billion ($1.09 billion) in Mission E, the project to develop and build the first 100% electrically powered Porsche.
The Stuttgart-based automaker’s supervisory board approved the project that will set Porsche on a course that is “beginning a new chapter in the history of …

Volkswagen Details Fix for European Diesel Engines

Volkswagen Details Fix for European Diesel Engines

MUNICH — Volkswagen announced its plans for bringing its line of EA 189 diesel engines into compliance with European regulations. The EA 189 engines are the automaker’s 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel engines that are a major part of the Dieselgate emissions scandal involving close to 11 million vehicles worldwide.
The plan …

Volkswagen to Recall 8.5 Million Diesels in Europe

Volkswagen to Recall 8.5 Million Diesels in Europe

MUNICH – The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or Federal Motor Transport Authority announced the recall of 2.4 million diesel-powered vehicles in Germany on Thursday. Volkswagen said it would recall a total of 8.5 million vehicles in Europe in 28 markets served, including the 2.4 million in its home market.
The move follows the revelation …