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FCA Certifies 2017 Diesels After EPA, ARB Suit

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed in May a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Fiat Chrysler alleging 104,000 light duty diesel vehicles with 3-liter liter EcoDiesel engines are equipped with software that defeat the emissions controls. Continue reading

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Lawsuit Claims Emissions Cheating in GM Duramax Diesels

The suit also names Bosch as a defendant, adding that “GM did not act alone.” Bosch developed, manufactured, and tested the Electronic Diesel Control unit that allowed GM to implement the defeat devices, according to the suit. Bosch control units are found in almost all the vehicles found or alleged to have been manipulating emissions, including Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler and Chevrolet. Continue reading

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US v Fiat Chrysler on Diesel Emissions Defeat Devices

The complaint alleges that the undisclosed software functions cause the vehicles’ emission control systems to perform differently, and less effectively, during certain normal driving conditions than on federal emission tests, resulting in increased emissions of harmful air pollutants. In other words, Volkswagen – the American-Italian sequel. Continue reading

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CAFE, Global Warming Rules Approved for 2022-25

In a parting shot to Twit-nitwit Trump who wants to despoil the environment because global warming is all a “Chinese hoax,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says it will maintain the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. Continue reading

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Dieselgate2? EPA Says Jeep, Ram Diesels Use Illegal Software

In what looks to be a sequel the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, EPA is working in coordination with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which has also issued a notice of violation to FCA. EPA and CARB have both initiated investigations based on FCA’s alleged actions. FCA could be liable for civil penalties and injunctive relief for the alleged violations. EPA is also investigating whether the auxiliary emission control devices constitute “defeat devices,” which are illegal. Continue reading

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EPA Keeps 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy Rules in Place

Automakers are squealing about the just announced EPA plan to keep 54.5 mpg fuel economy regulations in place after a detailed technical analysis of the industries progress thus far. The agency’s rule still must be finalized after a 30-day comment period that would close before Donald Trump’s inauguration. Continue reading

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U.S. Court Grants $14.7 Billion Plea in VW Diesel Fraud Case. Criminal Charges, Fines, Stockholder Lawsuits Outstanding

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer today approved a $14.7 billion partial Consent Decree plea deal between Volkswagen, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (US DOJ) and the U.S. Federal Trade … Continue reading

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Draft Technical Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Economy Regulations Released

Automakers have been lobbying fiercely to have the CO2 and fuel economy standards weakened. The report itself is not rulemaking and does not change any existing requirements under the existing National Program. Continue reading

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Fuel Economy, CO2 Emissions Unchanged in US during 2014

The average fuel economy for cars remained at 27.9 mpg, during 2014, while trucks increased 0.6 mpg to a new record high of 20.4 mpg. The annual truck increase of 0.6 mpg was the second highest in the last 30 years. Continue reading

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Porsche Profits Impaired by Pending VW Diesel Recall, Fines

Because of the capital stake Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart holds in Volkswagen AG (31.5%), the results of Porsche SE will be diminished. The Porsche Profits target for the Porsche SE Group for fiscal 2015 will also require adjustment downward. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Investigation underway for Deliberately Violating Diesel Emission Rules – $18 Billion in Fines Coming?

A sophisticated software algorithm on VW and Audi diesel engines detects when the car is undergoing official emissions testing, and turns full emissions controls on only during the test. Continue reading

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NADA, American Truck Dealers Oppose Cleaner Trucks

Similar accusations, of course, by the industry go back to the beginnings of the Clean Air Act and fuel economy regulations. Continue reading

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EPA, States Say Get the Copper out of Brake Pads

Funny thing about automakers, they are against regulation except when individual states start to wreak havoc with their production lineup, then automakers are all for strong central regulation. This tendency was in evidence with today’s announcement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the automotive industry and the states signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in brake pads. Continue reading

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Shell Fined for Selling Bogus Fuels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, today announced a settlement with three companies affiliated with Shell Oil Company to resolve Clean Air Act violations. The illegal acts included selling gasoline and diesel fuel that did not conform to federal standards. Continue reading

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EPA Proposing Tighter Levels of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Obama Administration via the EPA today announced a new goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40% – 45% from 2012 levels by 2025. Continue reading

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