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Sagging Diesel Sales Pushes Jaguar Land Rover to Lay Off 1K Workers

Company cutting production at two plants in England.

by on Apr.16, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover plans to lay off about 1,000 workers this year as diesel sales have declined.

Many tout the rise of the electric vehicle as a way to create new opportunities and new jobs, but one would be hard pressed to convince the 1,000 employees that Jaguar Land Rover plans to lay off due to the decline of diesel.

JLR, which is owned by parent company Tata Motors, is not only cutting jobs, but is also reducing production at two of its English factories as demand for diesel cars slumps due to higher taxes and regulatory changes related to Britain’s exit from the European Union.

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British new car registrations have been falling during the past year which the industry has blamed, in part, on weakening consumer confidence in the wake of the Brexit vote, after record demand in 2015 and 2016. (more…)

FCA Continuing Diesel Settlement Talks with DOJ, CARB

Discussions centering on potential penalties for automaker.

by on Apr.11, 2018

The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is part of the group of vehicles that allegedly used a cheat device to beat emissions tests.

Despite repeatedly denying any wrongdoing, Fiat Chrysler is in talks with the U.S. Justice Department and California Air Resources Board to reach a settlement about accusations it used illegal used software to beat diesel emissions tests.

The discussions, which according to multiple reports, are very far along, address allegations that FCA used the software, in a manner similar to Volkswagen’s diesel testing cheat device, for 104,000 U.S. diesel vehicles – mostly light trucks – sold since 2014.

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According to Reuters, Ken Feinberg, an adviser in the process, at a federal court hearing in San Francisco revealed that government lawyers and Fiat Chrysler were swapping documents as part of the settlement process, which was moving “at a rather swift pace.” (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Said to be Exiting Diesel Business on Car Side

Plan reportedly set to be announced in June.

by on Feb.26, 2018

FCA appears ready phase out diesels in all but pickups and Jeeps.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to end production of diesel-powered passenger cars by 2022, according to a newly published report, though it left open the possibility the automaker will continue offering the high-mileage technology in some of its trucks.

The plan is set to be announced in June as part of the broader five-year strategy the carmaker will unveil – about the same time it is expected to outline plans to replace the soon-to-retire CEO Sergio Marchionne.

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A phase-out of diesel production by FCA would not be entirely unexpected in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal sales of the technology has slumped in many markets, especially in Europe. And regulators in many places, including the city of Paris, are now considering diesel bans. Porsche last week announced its own plan to phase-out the technology. (more…)

EPA’s Pruitt Lets Polluting Diesel Trucks Glide Through Loophole

Gliders spew diesel pollutants at rate 43x more than new trucks.

by on Feb.15, 2018

A Fitzgerald employee mates an older diesel engine to a new truck body.

Less than a year after Volkswagen was hit for more than $4 billion in fines, penalties and fees related to the German maker’s noncompliant diesel engines, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to exempt U.S.-built “gliders” that spew emissions 13 times worse than all of VW’s diesels combined.

According to the New York Times, EPA Administration Scott Pruitt is not only set to approve the vehicles, he’s contemplating removing the cap on how many of them can be sold annually. The Obama administration was attempting to cap their production at 300 units annually.

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“Gliders” are trucks that use new truck bodies from Peterbilt, Freightliner and other manufacturers that are mated to rebuilt engines exempt from pollution standards. The resulting truck is cheaper, less expensive to maintain cheaper to repair and, in some instances, gets higher fuel economy than new trucks. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Doesn’t Believe US is Good Market for Diesel

VW's dieselgate killed any thirst for oil burners.

by on Jan.18, 2018

The G-Wagen will not be coming to the U.S. with a diesel-based powerplant, even though it would likely meet all U.S. standards.

Even though it has a redesigned diesel that meets tight new European carbon dioxide standards that will take effect in 2020, Mercedes-Benz has no plans to offer a diesel-powered passenger car in the U.S, according to one of the German automakers top executives.

Ola Kallenius, the head of research and development for the Mercedes-Benz Car Group, said the new diesel engine the automaker has designed is one of the most advanced internal combustion engines ever developed by the automaker.

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However, Mercedes has concluded that there simply isn’t enough consumer interest in diesel to warrant bringing it to the U.S. market. (more…)

Where Are the Diesels? You Have to Look Hard at Frankfurt Motor Show

They're still there...but you have to look for them.

by on Sep.13, 2017

BMW's unveiling of its electrified vehicle line-up highlighted the lack of diesels at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

For most of the past two decades, the Frankfurt Motor Show might have been described as the Diesel Motor Show, manufacturers spending much of the biennial event’s press days talking about the virtues of what they heralded as “clean diesel.”

As this year’s Frankfurt media preview draws to a close, however, one couldn’t help but notice the lack of diesels on the floor of the sprawling convention complex. And, when a manufacturer did bring up the subject of diesels it was, as likely as not, in some form of an apology.

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That’s largely the result of the ongoing scandal triggered by the revelation, almost exactly two years ago, that Volkswagen had crafted a way to cheat on emissions tests for 11 million diesel engines. Since then, other automakers have faced accusations, in both the U.S. and Europe, of using similar “defeat devices” to deceive regulators. (more…)

UK Latest to Lay Out Ban on Gas, Diesel Vehicles

U.K. Conservatives act even as U.S. set to roll back mileage rules.

by on Jul.26, 2017

By 2040, London's streets will be home to nothing but Nissan Leaf's and other electric vehicles.

The United Kingdom will halt sales of new vehicles with diesel and gasoline engines by 2040 as a way to fight pollution, government officials have announced.

The U.K. is set to become the latest country to make such a move, joining nations as diverse as India and Norway, with several other countries considering similar bans. The action by the Conservative government of Prime Minister Theresa May comes even as Republican U.S. President Donald Trump’s Administration is reportedly set to roll back strict mileage rules set to phase in between now and 2025.

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Michael Gove, the British environmental minister, told BBC Radio that “we are confirming that that means there should be no new diesel or petrol vehicles by 2040.” (more…)

Daimler Accused of Selling More Than 1M Cars With Illegal Defeat Devices

Company's stock takes heavy hit as a result.

by on Jul.13, 2017

Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz parent, stands accused of selling more than 1 million diesel-powered cars equipped with a cheating device.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG appears to be the latest automaker to face accusations of rigging vehicles with “defeat device” technology in order to illegally pass emissions tests, according to a major German newspaper.

The report, by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, sent shares of the automakers skidding in European trading on Thursday, though several industry analysts now say they don’t expect the report – if accurate to trigger the sort of massive blow to Daimler that was felt by Volkswagen AG. VW has so far spent about $30 billion as a result of its own diesel emissions scandal, while also having to repair or buy back as many as 11 million vehicles.

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According to the report, vehicles with excess emissions were sold in Europe and the United States between 2008 and 2016. Notably, Mercedes chose to withdraw its diesel models from the U.S. market this year rather than trying to get their emissions certified. (more…)

Judge Ready to Name Feinberg to Oversee FCA Diesel Settlement

Fiat Chrysler working on software to correct emissions problem.

by on Jul.10, 2017

Kenneth Feinberg is expected to help deliver a settlement in FCA's diesel emission lawsuits.

In an attempt to move lawsuits filed against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV for alleged excess diesel emissions closer to a settlement, a federal judge announced his plan to appoint Kenneth Feinberg settlement master.

Fiat Chrysler hasn’t been found guilty of any charges yet, but that hasn’t stemmed a swell of lawsuits against the company over the matter. The affected vehicles include 104,000 Ram 1500 EcoDiesels and Jeep Grand Cherokees from 2014-2016.

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Feinberg is a well-known compensation expert, especially within the automotive industry as he oversaw General Motors compensation fund for victims and families of owners of GM cars with faulty ignition systems. (more…)

Toyota Rules Out Using Diesel Hybrids

Maker avoids diesels despite ability to improve mileage.

by on Jun.23, 2017

Toyota isn't to be producing any hybrids using a diesel engine any time the near term, an executive said.

Skepticism of diesel engines runs deep among carmakers and governments in East Asia, where the influential automakers in South Korea, Japan and China have avoided major investments in diesel power because of concerns about costs, pollution and public health.

Even European companies, such as Volkswagen AG and the French company PSA, have elected to limit the use of diesel engines in the Chinese market.

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A Toyota Motor executive this week ruled out the possibility of rolling out hybrid models powered by diesel engines in the near future.  (more…)

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