General Motors Executive Vice President Mark Reuss has gone on record stating that he wouldn’t let the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal get in the way of the company’s plan for a new line of efficient-yet-powerful GM diesel engines.
“No way,” he said in response to a question about cancelling the upcoming diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze. “The Cruze Diesel is too good not to do it.”
Though Volkswagen was the only automaker found to have been cheating in diesel emissions tests, it did bring to light the need for more stringent testing methods. This has put some automakers on the back foot, but GM and Chevrolet are taking it in stride. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, along with other diesel-powered models, is still a go with no foreseeable delays.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax, which is slated for launch next year at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC, will be among the first to face the EPA’s new testing methodology, even for diesel trucks—but again, the automaker isn’t fazed.