EPA approves sales of 2017 BMW diesels after a delay for more testing

BMW 3 Series
The Volkswagen diesel scandal has impacted not just VW, but other automakers that want to sell diesel cars in the U.S. Following the revelation that Volkswagen used illegal software to cheat on emissions tests, all new diesels have been subject to more scrutiny.

That doesn’t mean carmakers are giving up on diesel, though. Late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified 2017 BMW diesel models for sale in the United States, Reuters reports. The Bimmers’ launch had been delayed because of extra testing and reviews of data conducted by the EPA.

BMW’s 2017 diesel lineup includes the 328d sedan and wagon, and the X3 xDrive28d and X5 xDrive35d SUVs. The carmaker previously said that diesels accounted for about 4 percent of its 2015 U.S. sales. Diesels have never been particularly big sellers in the U.S. but, Volkswagen aside, they have been more popular in luxury cars than mainstream models.

Read more: Volvo believes its hybrid powertrains can replace diesel

While BMW is in the clear, rival Mercedes-Benz still faces some obstacles to getting its 2017 diesels certified. In April, the company was asked by the U.S. Justice Department to investigate its own emissions tests, and was hit with a lawsuit alleging that a particular 3.0-liter V6 powertrain produced higher levels of pollutants than Mercedes said. Last month, Mercedes parent Daimler also said it was being investigated by the EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Volkswagen hasn’t even asked the EPA for permission to sell 2017 diesel models. While it doesn’t plan to abandon diesels entirely, VW Group of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken said last month that Volkswagen won’t return to selling them in the U.S. in large numbers, citing stricter emissions standards set to take effect in the coming years.

General Motors, meanwhile, hopes to take advantage of VW’s situation. It plans to actively target current Volkswagen diesel owners with a new Chevrolet Cruze diesel set to launch next year. Despite the VW scandal, GM is bullish on diesels, encouraged by strong sales of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon diesel trucks.

Cars

Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.
Cars

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version

Lincoln will get its own version of parent Ford's first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle. While Ford's version will have styling inspired by the Mustang, Lincoln will take a more traditional approach.
Cars

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.
Cars

Some of Volkswagen’s electric models will wear a ‘Made in the USA’ label

Confirming earlier rumors, Volkswagen has announced it will build electric cars in its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory. The facility currently produces the Passat and the Atlas. Production will start in 2023, Digital Trends can reveal.
Cars

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…
Cars

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.
News

Ford has a plan to future-proof the hot-selling F-150 pickup truck

Worried about the threat of rising gas prices, Ford will add the F-150 to its growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. It is currently developing a hybrid F-150, and it will release an electric version of the next-generation truck.
Home Theater

Spotify adds simplified Car View mode for Android users

What was once just a test is now a reality: Spotify is rolling out a new, simplified in-car user interface for all Android users called Car View, which automatically engages when the app detects a car Bluetooth connection.
Cars

Boutique carmaker Karma Automotive, legendary design firm Pininfarina team up

Karma Automotive is partnering with legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina on future luxury cars. The first product of that partnership will appear later this year, Karma said, without offering other details.
Cars

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.
Cars

Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs

Tesla has announced plans to trim its workforce by seven percent, and it will end the referral program that rewards customers who help it sell cars. These measures are ways to cut costs and boost profits.
Cars

Worried about commuting in winter weather? Nissan has the answer

The Nissan Altima midsize sedan is now available with all-wheel drive. To advertise that fact, Nissan's Canadian division slapped some tank-like tracks on an Altima to create a one-off show car.
Emerging Tech

Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you

It might just be the best or worst idea that we've ever heard: A self-driving robot bartender you can summon with an app, which promises to mix you the perfect drink wherever you happen to be.
Cars

Lyft and Aptiv’s self-driving car program has come a long way (but not far enough)

Many companies talk about self-driving cars, but Lyft and Aptiv are already using a fleet of them to transport paying customers in Las Vegas. Hop in for a close look at the tech of autonomous cars, and the challenges they face.