• Philipp Posted: 3/4/2008 2:26am PST

    You can't have all the European diesels because US Environmental laws require the same emission levels for gas and diesel vehicles. In Europe, diesel vehicles are allowed to have higher emissions in exchange for paying higher taxes. So only ultra clean diesels using expensive additional technology are able to meet US environmental standards.

    Another problem with diesels in the US is that diesel fuel is getting more and more expensive in relation to gas because demand is increasing, but refineries in the US don't produce enough diesel fuel to meet demand. This diesel price increase is beginning to happen in Europe and the demand for diesel has declined in the past months, also because gas engines have become more efficient.

  • Flyerbry Posted: 3/4/2008 12:41am PST

    Diesels and hybrid technology at first glance are a match made in heaven. However, things don't look so heavenly once you start to consider the bottom line. Hybrid technology is expensive and diesels already require a premium price. Combine the two and you suffer a double whammy when it comes to price. I would like to see more diesels offered in the U.S. as well but I don't expect to see this combination in anything but the most expensive vehicles on the market in the future.
    Perhaps when plug-in hybrids come along small diesels used as generators will be a more viable option. I hope so because you are right in that Europe is ahead. It seems like automakers are afraid to bring out diesels in the U.S. market despite the fact that VW TDIs and the diesel Liberty's all sold exceptionally well. To me it is strange that we can have European cars but not their well-made diesel engines.

  • Don Dionne Posted: 3/3/2008 3:33pm PST

    The effort should be made to bring diesel into the picture. More mileage and it is on eof the first products off in the distillates. Got to be cheaper in the long run. Europe is ahead of us in this area.