VW Announces the EA288 Evo – a 2.0 TDI “Mild Hybrid”

Hybridization of the diesel engine has been done here and there mostly by Mercedes Benz.  Ultimately, adding a hybrid drivetrain to a diesel engine has complications that gasoline-hybrids don’t suffer from, namely cost (diesel engines are already more expensive to make than gasoline engines) and decreasing returns (diesel engines are already efficient, sometimes as efficient ...

Bosch Announces New Diesel Injection Technology to Solve Nox Emissions

Nox emissions are the primary cause of the “dirty” label that is applied to diesel engines. Nox emissions are linked to urban smog, ozone formation and breathing problems. However, diesel engines emit much less CO2 than a gasoline powered car, which is why diesel is a desirable option to combat the global warming effect of ...


Audi Q5 TDI Review: Why would you drive anything else?

Our impression of the Audi Q5 was always that of the red-headed stepchild – the platform was old, and the rear tail light situation was odd.  When Audi put the 3.0L TDI in it we largely wondered why anyone would choose the Q5 over a Touareg or a Q7.  We finally got a chance to ...

Fenced In: TDIs Stored Across the US

VW currently has 37 secure storage facilities across the US that are home to close to 300,000 cars, according to the administrator hired by VW to handle the emissions scandal. Factories, closed military bases, stadiums, and airports are just a few of the storage locations. The total numbers of bought back cars is impressive: 335,000 ...

VW Full Size Atlas Tanoak Truck shows that someone at VW knows what the hell they’re doing…

VW’s surprise announcement of a full size truck concept has taken the internet by storm and shows that someone in VW is paying attention to what buyers want. However, we’ve seen this movie before – big announcements that lead to nothing – so we’re cautious about getting our hopes up, especially without a diesel.

Adjusting Displayed Fuel Economy on Mk7 TDI

If your in-cluster display (aka MFD) is displaying MPG numbers that are not accurate you can correct this and bring the MPG numbers closer to reality by adjusting the calibration number using VCDS.

All New Sprinter Vans Announced!

The current generation Sprinter, the NCV3, was introduced to the USA in 2006.  12 years later, that van is STILL a segment leader in comfort and capacity. In fact, Mercedes set a sales record for Sprinter vans just last year, selling over 200,000 vans.  This is a true testament to how superior the van was ...

Mercedes Announces Diesel Plug-In Hybrids – The New Frontier?

After teasing us with a E400 BlueTEC hybrid years ago at NAIAS, Mercedes once again introduced new plug-in DIESEL hybrids at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this month.  Will this be the next frontier of powertrain design?

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