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: Enough pumps?
2/12/2013 9:39:18 PM
Actually a large part of the high price of diesel is the new requirement of low sulfur content which requires more refining or different sources of crude to achieve. Thank the EPA for higher diesel prices.
RE: Enough pumps?
2/13/2013 6:02:26 AM
10 years ago the price for diesel was about three quarters of the price of gasoline. This, coupled with the 20% or so of higher mpg (partially from the lower power of the typical diesel engine of the times) made diesel powered cars a very good choice for medium to high mileage vehicles.
On the other side, right now price for diesel fuel is actually higher than non-premium gasoline. As such, diesel is only worth it for very high mileage passenger vehicles (though many people consider themselves in that category, irregardless of their actual driving)
RE: Enough pumps?
2/13/2013 3:54:54 PM
If that was the only reason, then California would have more diesel. It has low sulfur and other requirements for gasoline, too, which is one of the main reasons it has higher gas costs than the rest of the nation.
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