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
11/29/2011 12:38:51 AM
A lot of small diesels lack mid- and top-end power. This VW diesel is no exception. Low-end torque is great, but when your torque curve plummets after that, horsepower suffers. Don't get me wrong, I can't stand motors that are all top-end power, either. Civic Si is a good example, although the latest one isn't quite as terrible. But you really want a good balance of both. I mean, 140HP and 236 ft-lbs of torque? You know what that power curve looks like? It looks like crap.
The gasoline Golf 2.5L is significantly faster - and that's a primitive engine. I think the block is still cast iron. The Gold TDI is a premium trim with premium pricing. If they had a premium gas offering, they could use a small turbocharged direct injected gasoline engine and get a much more impressive balance of speed and mileage than either the TDI or the 2.5L.
Now with that said, diesels have their place. I'm still hoping that light-duty Duramax variant will see the light of day. If you're looking for maximum mileage, get the diesel. If you want to go fast, there's very few diesels that manage to beat comparable gas options in the same vehicle. But there are a few here and there, I'm sure.
RE: Can't wait
11/29/2011 8:50:32 AM
I've had a 335d for almost 2 years now. Average 36 or so mpg and there is NO lacking in midrange power and will keep charging like. Locomotive towards it's redline. Main beefs with it is the lack of a manual tranny and the engine diesn sound as good as it's gasoline equivalent.
RE: Can't wait
11/29/2011 1:49:30 PM
Actually I was on VWs website last night and you can get a base Golf with a diesel and a 6 speed for just over $23K. If you add the "technology pack" and DSG it goes up. But that was just with things like cloth seats and the like. You didn't have to get the top trim Golf to get a diesel.
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