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Gap in fuel efficiency and torque between diesel and gasoline engines is dwindling

Diesel engines are very popular around the world, and are used in both passenger and commercial vehicles due to their efficiency advantages over gasoline engines. In the U.S. passenger vehicle market, they’re largely relegated to heavy-duty pickup trucks (although companies like Volkswagen have maintained a diesel engine lineup for a few decades). 
However, diesel fuel averages roughly $0.36 a gallon more than regular unleaded gasoline in the U.S., which can erase some of the cost advantage.

While many diesel-powered vehicles do have better fuel economy than comparable gasoline vehicles, even that benefit is beginning to disappear. In spite of this, many automakers are preparing to launch diesel-powered cars in the U.S., including GM, Chrysler, and Mazda.

Volkswagen Passat TDI

Detroit News reports that diesel engines in cars no longer have a major advantage in torque and they don't offer significantly better fuel economy. Technology for traditional gasoline engines is improving and the gap in fuel efficiency and torque has vanished due to the proliferation of direct injection and turbocharging.

With this in mind, Ford, Toyota, and Hyundai are staying out of the diesel-powered car market; instead focusing hybrid technology. Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik says that the cost of adding hybrid technology for the consumers about $1,500 compared to a cost of about $5,000 to add diesel power.
"When we ask if consumers are willing to pay that, they ask, 'What are you smoking?'" said Krafcik. "We all have great diesel engines available to us, but gasoline engines are growing."
However, Ford says that it is ready to begin offering diesel-powered cars in the U.S. if there is enough consumer demand

Source: Detroit News

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RE: How do they figure
By Argon18 on 4/3/2013 10:23:34 AM , Rating: 1
Agreed. The other factor for diesels, at least in trucks, is that none of the Big-3 make their own diesel truck engines. Chrysler buys them from Cummins. GM buys them from Isuzu. And Ford buys from International (Navistar) and Cummins. So there's always going to be a higher cost differential when you're buying from someone else, vs. building it yourself.

For cars its a different story. Ford sells loads of diesel cars in Europe, and the cost is about the same as the gasoline models. Heck, even Chrysler sells diesel cars in Europe. Diesel PT cruiser, for example, and it costs the same as the gasoline version.

RE: How do they figure
By bchandler02 on 4/3/2013 10:51:26 AM , Rating: 3
Wrong. Ford never bought from Cummins (at least not in the F550 or smaller). They also haven't been with Navistar in a few years either. The 6.7 Scorpion in the current F series is 100% Ford.

RE: How do they figure
By Samus on 4/3/13, Rating: 0
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