Stricter EPA, CARB Testing Could Delay Diesel-Powered Colorado, Canyon
As you might be presently aware, Volkswagen is in a whole ton of hot water for tricking the EPA’s emissions testing with its diesel lineup. As VW faces down multi-billion-dollar lawsuit, sales bans, looming recalls, and even potential criminal prosecution, other automakers are preparing for increased restrictions from the EPA. As it happens, General Motors will be the first to be affected by increased scrutiny.
GM announced Duramax diesel variants of both the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks earlier this year, stating in both cases that deliveries would likely begin by Q4 2015. However, both the EPA and California Air Resources Board have stepped in to inform General Motors that the pickup trucks will not be certified until they are tested both on the road and in the laboratory.
Chevy Trucks assistant chief engineer Scott Yackley told Automotive News that both the EPA and CARB are insisting upon on-road testing for both the Duramax diesel-powered 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and 2016 GMC Canyon, which could result in a possible delay in sales. Yackley confirmed that GM’s engineers have tested both trucks extensively both on-road and in the laboratory and that the company is confident both will pass the certification process with flying colors.
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