Ford Says It Can React Quickly If There is U.S. Demand for Diesel Cars
February 12, 2013 8:36 AM
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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
will be bringing a diesel-powered version of its Mazda6 to the U.S. And we can’t forget that Volkswagen has been selling
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
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
maintains that Ford's turbocharged engines offer little to no improvement over conventional engines in fuel efficiency or performance.
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RE: The smell
2/12/2013 8:08:40 PM
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
2/12/2013 9:36:21 PM
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
2/14/2013 7:04:43 PM
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.
"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher
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