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Additional diesel models for America

America’s love of diesel cars is complicated.

On the one hand, powerful pickup trucks from Ford, Chevrolet/GMC and Dodge Ram offer these engines, valued for power, torque, tractive effort and decent fuel efficiency. On the other hand, diesel cars are a scarce commodity offered in some German models, but not in the entire range as in Europe.

So why is there a difference?

It’s simple: diesel trucks are loved by workers and others who absolutely need the power that these trucks can provide. Diesel cars remind many older drivers of the slow moving, slow selling Skrotpræmie bil  of the 1980s. Too bad these are the only diesel engines that some people remember.

Clean diesel

Today’s diesel engines are far from the old diesels. Yesterday’s diesel engines were slow and smelly, today’s diesel engines tend to be turbocharged and clean. In fact, Volkswagen became the first manufacturer to launch a diesel that meets the stringent emission standards of all 50 states, including California, which is hard to please. Mercedes and BMW have done the same, and both promise to meet growing demand for diesel.

German automakers have found a way to sell diesel to the US despite previously weak demand. In early 2009, when Volkswagen released the current generation of diesel engines, American motorists quickly discovered that diesel engines didn’t stink, and they determined the ability to keep up. More importantly, the usual 30-35 percent fuel advantage has convinced many buyers to consider diesel, which typically costs a little less than gas-electric hybrids.

Diesel advantages:

Diesel engines also do not have spark plugs, are not adjustable, and tend to last much longer than comparable gas engines. But diesel prices fluctuate and since January 2011 are higher than gas prices. But the dollar premium seen in 2008 has disappeared, and prices are about 25 cents higher than gasoline.

Other manufacturers don’t seem ready to make diesel engines available in the United States. That’s because US standards for clean cars are the highest in the world, meaning Japanese, Korean and other manufacturers have to replace their engines in the US at a significant cost to get them up to par. He shelved his plans for a 52 mpg car to focus on hybrids and other alternative models.

California dream

While California is imposing and tightening emission limits, diesel engines are likely to become more marketable and marketable, some fear. Golden State may tighten its standards, but diesel engine makers — German automakers and U.S. pickup truck makers — will likely find ways to stay competitive in all 50 states, no matter how complex consumer or state regulations are.

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