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10 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

The blizzard that was the first in the history of the United States to bury New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. at the same time has passed but more winter weather is on the way.
Whether you are embarking on a long journey by car or simply driving around town, being …

Starting Recall in Europe, VW Says an Emissions Retrofit May Not Work for Some Cars

Starting Recall in Europe, VW Says an Emissions Retrofit May Not Work for Some Cars

As Volkswagen began recalling diesel-powered cars in Europe to bring them into compliance with emissions standards there, it admitted that it might not be able to do the same for all of its cars in the United States.
The recall involves 11 million cars worldwide but VW is no closer to …

BMW and Nissan Announce EV Charging Station Networks in 19 States

BMW and Nissan Announce EV Charging Station Networks in 19 States

BMW and Nissan announced plans to jointly launch a network of dual-port fast chargers across the nation to support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 owners in 19 states.
The two automakers have installed 120 dual-port 50kW DC Fast-charging stations and hope to promote the adoption of electric vehicles with the promise …

California Moves One Step Closer to Allowing Autonomous Vehicles on its Roads

California Moves One Step Closer to  Allowing Autonomous Vehicles on its Roads

However, Driverless Cars Will Still Require a Driver
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles issued potential regulations for the use of autonomous vehicles in the state. While they are a work in progress, they will mandate that such vehicles be operated by a licensed driver capable of taking over control of the vehicle …

Volkswagen Enlists Kenneth Feinberg to Oversee Dieselgate Fund

Volkswagen Enlists Kenneth Feinberg to Oversee Dieselgate Fund

Volkswagen announced it has engaged Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer specializing in compensation funds, to create and administer an independent claims resolution program that will compensate VW owners for vehicles affected by the automaker’s use of deceptive emissions test cheating software.
Feinberg is known for his work in numerous cases including the …

Fuel Prices at Lowest Point in Eight Years

Fuel Prices at Lowest Point in Eight Years

The average price of gasoline and diesel fuel has continued to fall as the end of the year approaches, and experts foresee the drop to continue through at least the end of the year.
At the start of the week, the average price for a gallon of diesel was $2.482, down …

EPA Scales Back Increase in Ethanol Use

EPA Scales Back Increase in Ethanol Use

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to require gasoline refiners to blend more ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply but the increase will be far lower than the target set by Congress in 2007.
In 2016, refiners will be required to blend 18.11 billion gallons of renewable fuels, an increase …

VW CEO Provides Update on Dieselgate Investigation

VW CEO Provides Update on Dieselgate Investigation

Volkswagen’s chief executive on Monday that the embattled German automaker is still several months away from being able to present findings from its investigation into who was responsible for installing software that allows diesel automobiles to cheat and pass emissions test. The company will, however, provide an update into its …

EU Investigates ‘Irregularities’ in VW CO2 Emissions Scandal

EU Investigates ‘Irregularities’ in VW CO2 Emissions Scandal

The European Commission, the European Union’s executive body, has asked all member states whether they had any knowledge of the “irregularities” reported earlier this week by Volkswagen with respect to the carbon-dioxide emissions from its vehicles.
The letter, a copy of which was viewed by The Diesel Driver, was dated November 5 …

VW Facing Carbon Dioxide Emissions Problem

VW Facing Carbon Dioxide Emissions Problem

Embattled automaker Volkswagen has a new emissions problem and it isn’t related to its diesel engines debacle. The company said it had understated the output of carbon dioxide in almost 800,000 of its vehicles that were sold in Europe.
The news is unrelated to the Dieselgate problem where the automaker admitted …

Porsche Pulls Cayenne Diesel SUV From Market After EPA Targets V6 Models in Investigation

Porsche Pulls Cayenne Diesel SUV From Market After EPA Targets V6 Models in Investigation

Porsche said Tuesday it was discontinuing sales of the Porsche Cayenne Diesel after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had discovered software that cheats during emissions tests in that model vehicle.
The EPA issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen on Monday stating that Volkswagen Group’s models with V-6 …

Europe to Institute On-the-Road Emissions Testing

Europe to Institute On-the-Road Emissions Testing

The European Union, in the wake of the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, announced on Wednesday plans to employ a new method of emissions testing.
The tests will measure emissions while cars are being driven, instead of performing the tests strictly in testing labs. The procedure makes the European Union the first governmental …