Print 46 comment(s) - last by trracer.. on Feb 15 at 8:01 PM

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

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Ecoboost a success?
By ICBM on 2/12/2013 10:20:23 AM , Rating: 2
So Ford looks to ecoboost to help. F-150 ecoboost, 2011 model. 16.4 mpg average. That is in my dads truck. I don't know about you guys but we were very disappointed with these results. No where close to what the epa stickers estimated. My dad got better mileage with his 2001 F-250 diesel (17.2 mpg), and that is a HD truck. Tweak a diesel engine for economy not pure power, stick that in an F-150.

First poster, I have been behind many diesel and gasoline powered trucks cars where the owners have modified their exhaust systems. I know what you are talking about, its not the diesel. Gasoline does it too. Its idiots that screw with stuff cause they think its cool. Get behind the plethora of diesel vehicles not modified(VW, BMW, Mercedes, Dodge, Ford, Chevy) and see if that is still the case. I think you will find you comment to typically be not true.

RE: Ecoboost a success?
By sdsdv10 on 2/12/2013 11:10:29 AM , Rating: 2
An average of 16.4 mpg seems pretty good to me. It's certainly been a few years, but my 1997 F150 with the Triton 4.6L V8 (less HP and torque than the Ecoboost) only got ~11-12 mpg city, maybe 16-18 mpg highway. This looks like an improvement to me. Are other companies getting >17-18 mpg average from a full size pickup with this much HP/torque?

RE: Ecoboost a success?
By JediJeb on 2/12/2013 9:49:35 PM , Rating: 3
My 96 F150 4x4 with the 4.9L I6 averages just under 18mpg with about half my time on two lane roads and the other half running through a small town with a dozen traffic lights every day. If I get on the interstate and try to run 70+mph that mileage drops to closer to 13mpg, you can literally see the fuel gage moving :) Considering it was built in 1996 it was designed when the speed limit was only 55mph or just after they raised it some back then so it is optimized for about 60mph or less.

RE: Ecoboost a success?
By Spuke on 2/12/2013 12:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
So Ford looks to ecoboost to help. F-150 ecoboost, 2011 model. 16.4 mpg average. That is in my dads truck. I don't know about you guys but we were very disappointed with these results. No where close to what the epa stickers estimated.
Numbers without mentioning driving style and conditions are worthless. My wife got 16 mpg when driving her 2006 F250 diesel as a daily driver. That's 80% freeway with low speeds and a little stop and go driving on the last 20%. If driving all freeway with zero stops at 75 mph, 19 mpg. All freeway with zero stops at 60 mph, 21 mpg (which was the best we ever got with that truck). This is in spring/summer weather and she's not a lead foot in the truck (her new car is a different story).

"If you mod me down, I will become more insightful than you can possibly imagine." -- Slashdot

Most Popular ArticlesAre you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
Snapchat’s New Sunglasses are a Spectacle – No Pun Intended
September 24, 2016, 9:02 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki