Report: VW Knew About Fuel Efficiency Discrepancies A Year Ago

Report: VW Knew About Fuel Efficiency Discrepancies A Year Ago

Earlier this month, Volkswagen announced that an internal investigation into the carmaker’s use of “defeat devices” to evade emission standards in nearly 11 million vehicles worldwide uncovered a second issue: nearly 800,000 cars included understated levels of carbon monoxide emissions and rule usage. But a new report puts the timing of the finding into question, with some sources claiming executives with the car manufacturer knew of the problem more than a year ago.  [More]

(PROEric Arnold)

Why Did Volkswagen Only Rig Emissions Systems On Diesel Cars?

Volkswagen has admitted to rigging the emissions control systems on 11 million diesel cars over the last seven years, but those only represent a fraction of all the vehicles produced by VW during that time. Why did the carmaker only choose to tinker with its diesel vehicles instead of the larger number of gasoline cars? And how do we know VW didn’t mess with these vehicles? [More]

Man Arrested While Siphoning 250 Gallons From Gas Station

Man Arrested While Siphoning 250 Gallons From Gas Station

Sometimes gas siphoning thieves are found when they accidentally get gas in their mouths when trying to initiate the transfer from a gas tank to their canisters. This one was caught after the gas station owner got suspicious about the minivan sitting on his lot. When police arrived, they opened the doors to find a generator-powered vacuum slurping up 250 gallons of diesel from the station’s tanks into the plastic drums inside the retrofitted van. [More]

Bloomingdale's Diesel Toddler Rain Boots Want You To Die

Bloomingdale's Diesel Toddler Rain Boots Want You To Die

Jennifer writes in with these amazing Diesel toddler’s rain boots that, due to the angle of the photograph, appear to just say “DIE” in purple paint. [More]

http://consumerist.com/2009/06/09/wondering-about-average-gas/

Wondering about average gas prices across the country? Overall, they’re up (big surprise) and gasoline is currently cheaper than diesel fuel, too. If you missed it back in May, you can also learn why gas prices keep going up. Spoiler alert: it involves supply and demand. [Consumer Reports Cars]

Diesel Shoes Comment Card Is Whimsical Beyond Comprehension

Diesel Shoes Comment Card Is Whimsical Beyond Comprehension

A reader sent in this scan of a comment card found with a pair of Diesel shoes. “I wonder what the purpose of this is?” the reader mused. I wonder, too. Unrestrained whimsy? Prank? Rogue employee who is now either confined to a psychiatric facility or has a book contract?

Kum' N Go Accidentally Gives You Diesel, Makes Your Gasoline Car Sad

Kum' N Go Accidentally Gives You Diesel, Makes Your Gasoline Car Sad

Reader James said that a trucker dumped diesel fuel in the wrong tank at a distribution center, and this caused a bit of a problem because (as you might imagine) gasoline cars won’t run on diesel. The gas station in question, Kum ‘N Go, is compensating James for his mechanic’s bills, but he wanted to let other drivers know what to do if this happens to them.

New Honda Accord Diesel Gets Nearly 63 Miles Per Gallon

New Honda Accord Diesel Gets Nearly 63 Miles Per Gallon

Fuel-economy mavens take note. Honda recently showed off an alternative to hybrid cars at a Sacramento car show: a diesel-powered Accord that is scheduled to hit the American market in 2010. Unlike a hybrid, the diesel promises more power, but it still gets a whopping 62.8 mpg.