U.S. Consumers Warming up to Diesel Cars
November 28, 2011 12:30 PM
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Diesel cars are plentiful in Europe
As the demand for more efficiency in vehicles increases with the government and some consumers in the U.S., some drivers are starting to consider vehicles that previously weren't popular options. One of the efficient options that consumers are starting to take notice of is the diesel engine. Clean diesels are one of the technologies that several major automakers are now looking into.
reports that as of now diesel sales in the U.S. are less than 3% of the total sales, which is expected to change. One of the new diesel vehicles coming to the market is from a domestic manufacturer;
Chevrolet will introduce a diesel version of Cruze in 2013
. For GM, bringing the diesel Cruz to the U.S. has little risk since it already sells diesel cars in other countries.
The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will arrive in '13
Other automakers are looking to diesel cars as well with Mazda expecting to launch a new diesel engine in 2013, and the recipient is likely to be the all-new CX-5 small crossover utility vehicle. German automakers Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes all offer diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S.
Some suppliers to automakers like Robert Bosch LLC are predicting that diesel sales will grow to be 10% of the U.S. market over the next decade. Diesel cars are very popular in Europe where gasoline is expensive and diesel is more cost effective.
And it's not only economy cars that will be going diesel -- some performance cars are moving to diesel engines. BMW is expected to launch a
of the M5 next year.
Mazda is widely expected to bring a diesel version of the new CX-5 to the U.S.
The big draw for diesel engines is that the engines are often more durable, produce more torque, and they are 20 to 30% more efficient.
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RE: Can't wait
11/28/2011 9:16:18 PM
Diesels have good low end torque. I never drove one so I can't say if it's fun or not but judging from what BMW offers, it must be nice.
I hope they don't chicken out like Honda did and not bring the diesel to the US. Honda was supposed to have a diesel in the US a few years ago.
I am glad diesels (for passenger vehicles) are much cleaner than they used to be. I will say that diesel trucks are some of the dirtiest crap on the road now. I'm guessing these diesels are either really old or there is something wrong with them. I can smell a dirty diesel about 3-4 miles away if I am behind one. The day they go away would be awesome. Or maybe they can just clean up the exhaust somehow.
RE: Can't wait
12/1/2011 8:32:24 AM
Last few months driving a Mazda 6 Sport with 180 bhp 2.2 litre (R2 series) diesel motor. Surprising smooth, revs easily and the 300 lb-foot torque has a real overtaking kick.
And even even compared to
* Honda Civic Type-R EP3 (2.0L petrol 200 bhp)
* BMW 318i (2.0L petrol 146 bhp)
In actual use seeing economy very close to that listed at
(actual 48 mpg vs 50mpg imperial rating)
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