Category: Diesel News

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?

Ford F150 Diesel Coming Soon

According to Ford’s website, the new 3.0L Power Stroke will be added to Ford’s F150 lineup this Spring. Rumored to be initially available in the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum editions, the Power Stroke has some impressive power numbers: 250 HP at 3250 RPM 440 lb./ft. torque at 1750 RPM 2,020 lb. payload, 11,400 lb. ...

Colorado ZR2 Duramax: The Best Factory Package Ever?

Last year Chevrolet re-introduced their compact pickup, the Colorado (or Canyon in GMC form).  We were excited to see that Chevrolet fulfilled their promise to offer a diesel-version.  The stout 2.8L inline 4-cylinder engine was torquey down low and made all the right noises.  We came away from our test drives impressed, though worried there ...

First Drive – 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

For over a decade Volkswagen was the leader in both number of models available with diesel and overall number of diesels sold.  The recent exit of VW, perhaps permanently, has left a hole in the market – one that Chevrolet is eagerly trying to fill.  The Chevrolet Equinox diesel is perhaps the best case-for-diesel model ...

3.0 Liter TDI Fix Approved

On October 23rd, the EPA approved a deal with VW to fix the 3.0 liter TDIs. 

SEMA Show 2017 Recap

SEMA Recap: 2017 was IDParts’ 6th year attending SEMA. Each year there seems to be one vehicle that appears in more displays than anything else. Our first year attending it was the Subaru BRZ/Scion FRZ. We were told there were over 80 of them at the show. A couple years later it was the latest ...

Volkswagen Gen 1 Fix Impressions: Vol.2

In the middle of August, I had my 2010 Jetta “fixed”. As I reported immediately after the fix, the car drove as well, if not better, than before the fix. Power delivery and responsiveness was improved. And, as predicted by VW, the engine was slightly noisier than pre-fix. This was especially noticeable on the highway. ...

BMW’s New B Series Diesels

In North America diesel enthusiasts continue to live under the cloud of VW’s diesel emissions scandal. In Europe major cities are threatening to ban internal combustion engines all together, diesels first. But while that’s happening, manufacturers are introducing new versions of common rail diesels that are more powerful, more efficient, and yes, cleaner than ever. ...

2017 Ecodiesels Approved for Sale

The Ecodiesel is back! In late July the EPA gave official approval for Fiat-Chrysler to resume selling model year 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel models.  This bring to a close what at first some assumed to be a “Dieselgate Part 2” follow up to VW, complete with buybacks and fines.  However, according ...

Chevrolet Cruze Gen 2 Diesel Review

In 2014 Chevrolet jumped back into the passenger car diesel market with the Generation 1 Cruze in North America. Reviews were generally positive, and after a one-year break, Chevy upped the ante with a Generation 2 Cruze and a new diesel. And this time the oil-burner is available with a 6-speed manual as well as ...