This isn’t your father’s diesel…

By Deane Barker on April 18, 2007

Nissan announces plans for diesel-powered Maxima sedan: Diesels are making a comeback, it seems

Nissan plans to sell a diesel-powered Maxima sedan in the USA in 2010, Nissan Motor CEO Carlos Ghosn said in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations here Wednesday.

[…] Honda said last year that it will sell a diesel car in the U.S. in 2009.

Audi made a diesel last year that won Sebring, remember.

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  1. You mean there’s no diesel-powered car in the US? Wow. That must represent at least one third of the car sold out there in Europe. Now I’m puzzled.

  2. I always wondered why there were so few diesel cars in the USA. Here in Costa Rica, we have diesel, Toyotas, Nissans, Peugeots, Renaults, VW, Hyundais, BMW, Mercedes. etc. They account for at least 20% of the cars sold. They also have a much higher resell value than the same cars with gasoline engines. Some of the smaller cars even do 60-100km/gallon.

    Also very interesting is that here in Costa Rica a gallon of diesel is about 20% cheaper than gasoline. I think that in the USA Diesel for some strange reason is more expensive than gas.

  3. US Diesel isn’t formulated the same as European due to various emissions standards and what-not. New rules for 2007 are (or will) resulting in a “cleaner” US diesel with less sulphur content, but I’m still not sure how it compares to the Euro diesel mix. The older formulation isn’t as friendly to modern diesels, I guess.

    US Diesel is currently more expensive because there’s less supply (versus EU where it’s more of a tax issue) and there’s not much refining capacity in the US. This affects gasoline and the various summer blends as well (which are made for emissions control reasons).

  4. Actually, the changeover to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (so called “Clean Diesel”) is already progressing in the US and can be purchased quite easily. This is what was necessary for the next generation of diesels. As of today in the Seattle WA area, diesel is anywhere from 20 to 50 cents a gallon cheaper than Unleaded Regular.

    Right now the only diesel passenger car available in the US is the Mercedes E320 Bluetec, but MB also sells 3 SUVs with diesel as well. However, 2008 will bring new VW models, as well as BMW, maybe Audi, MB might expand into the C Class, and the Japanese car makers will be right behind them (Subaru, Honda, Nissan).

    In addition, BioDiesel is becoming more available. My old Mitsubishi diesel pickup has an amazing exhaust odor, no where near as objectionable as when it ran on normal diesel!

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