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The Focus Estate, another Ford delicacy that we don't get in the United States
Ford offers diesel-powered cars in Europe already making a transition for the US very easy if needed

Several automakers have been announcing new vehicles powered by diesel engines for the U.S. market. Chevrolet recently announced the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel and Mazda will be bringing a diesel-powered version of its Mazda6 to the U.S. And we can’t forget that Volkswagen has been selling diesel vehicles in the U.S. for years with great success. Despite these major automakers announcing diesel-powered cars, Ford is still playing it safe.

Ford has long offered diesel engines in its heavy-duty F-Series pickups and will offer a diesel engine in its upcoming Transit commercial van (which will replace the E-Series), but is playing it safe when it comes to passenger cars.

"If we see diesels start to take off here in the U.S., we can react very quickly," said Ford's Mark Fields. While diesel-powered vehicles make up only 3% of retail passenger vehicle sales in the U.S., that figure was actually up by 25% in last year compared to 2011 according to Edmunds.

Ford already offers diesel-powered cars in Europe (where half of all vehicles sold come with a diesel engine) and other world markets as part of its global strategy. If Ford sees the demand in the United States increase significantly for diesel-powered cars, it would be easy to start placing those engines into vehicles destined for the United States. However, Americans would be facing a $3,000 to $4,000 premium compared to an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle.

Ford has been slow to introduce diesel engines in its U.S. vehicles because it has put quite a bit of energy into promoting its EcoBoost engines instead. The turbocharged engines can be found in varying displacements in everything from the tiny Fiesta to the hulking F-150. However, the fuel efficiency ratings of those comparatively small, turbocharged engines have recently come under fire. Consumer Reports maintains that Ford's turbocharged engines offer little to no improvement over conventional engines in fuel efficiency or performance.

Source: Detroit News



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The smell
By stimudent on 2/12/2013 9:47:02 AM , Rating: -1
It's always fun getting stuck behind a diesel powered vehicle, especially on my way to work. The smell sticks to everything for about an hour.




RE: The smell
RE: The smell
By LRonaldHubbs on 2/12/2013 11:00:18 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately lots of cars cannot recirc while defrosting, so on cold days you are screwed and just have to deal with the smell.


RE: The smell
By Jeffk464 on 2/12/2013 2:31:18 PM , Rating: 2
Recirculating the air cuts down on the effectiveness of the defroster.


RE: The smell
By sprockkets on 2/12/2013 9:54:55 PM , Rating: 2
It's the simple fact that you are recirculating the air you exhale, which is moisture rich and goes right onto the windows.

You intake outside air which is dry in the winter to prevent fog from happening in the first place.


RE: The smell
By BioHazardous on 2/12/2013 11:07:30 AM , Rating: 2
You're obviously not talking about a modern diesel smaller passenger vehicle. You're talking about either a car before 2000, a pickup truck, or a semi.


RE: The smell
By Argon18 on 2/12/2013 11:41:51 AM , Rating: 2
You clearly don't understand engine technology. Just as modern gasoline engines are a far cry from their 1970's counterparts with carburetors and points ignition systems, so too are diesels.

Modern diesels occupy 8 of the 10 positions on the UK's "Greenest Cars" list because they emit the lowest pollution levels. Modern 2013 diesels are *cleaner* than gasoline engines.


RE: The smell
By Mint on 2/13/2013 3:50:58 PM , Rating: 2
That depends on how you define "Greenest". I assume you're talking solely about CO2 emissions.

For more relevant pollutants, modern diesels are rather average. The Passat TDI is Tier 2 Bin 5. Good gasoline engines are Tier 2 Bin 2 (SULEV). There are some research projects to bring diesel into the latter category, but it's not there yet.


RE: The smell
By mrwassman on 2/12/2013 11:51:41 AM , Rating: 4
Misconceptions like these are why we are behind.


RE: The smell
By Elchuso on 2/12/2013 8:08:40 PM , Rating: 2
Excuse me .... But you don't have the faintest idea about diesel engines in Europe.
First to all. Diesel engines from Ford are long time borrowed from PSA (Peugeot-Citröen). They resigned time ago to their own lineup: they did right ..... PSA engines are the best on their range.
Second ..... Mileage.
Loooooong time ago, we europeans have bigger than 50% market share diesels. Some Countries (like Spain) more than 70%
WE DO NOT USE TRUCKS. We use smaller cars that can pull-out 4 liters/100 Km efficiency without need for a expensive (and subsidezed with everybody's taxes) hybrid tech.
Price: Yes, diesels are more expensive to buy, but they have longer life and a LOT more torque, so relaxed drive. No need to rev-up.
Environment: Diesels in Europe now have EURO V standard. They have particle filters and catalysators so no fumes, no odour .... We are entering now EURO VI, which will lead to even cleaner cars.
Why go to hybryd ??? Can somebody answer me ??
MPG is a lot better now in a diesel european car .... Period.


RE: The smell
By bobsmith1492 on 2/12/2013 9:36:21 PM , Rating: 1
Each city I've visited in Spain, France, and Italy reeked of diesel fumes, so I don't get why you say there are no fumes or odor.


RE: The smell
By Elchuso on 2/14/2013 7:04:43 PM , Rating: 2
Simple question .... Simple answer.
Because not all cars running on those cities are EURO V or EURO VI.
There is a big amount of old cars that do not comply with new regulations, as there are a few cars with Eco-boost technology.
Not to mention that central heating in those cities are mainly fuel-oil ones, quite dirty.
As simple as that.
Cities will be as clean as the cars are renewed.
Aren't we talking about NEW technologies ??
Aren't we talking about cleaner cars, not cities ??
It's a matter of time.
Anyway I stick on my comments. MPG is far better with new diesel engines. New ones are cleaner.


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