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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Why does Europe outsell US Diesel vehicles???

You own and drive a US made diesel pickup for work and decide to purchase a domestic family car for everyday use? You may be looking for a long time! There are not any to be found, all foreign made . . .

Diesel Benefits
   1. Higher fuel economy
   2. Diesel engines last longer, and fetch higher resale values
   3. Diesel engines can be run on biofuel (biodiesel)
   4. Diesels provide greater torque; great for rapid acceleration and towing
   5. Driving range on a tank is longer

Family cars that use diesel sold in the US: Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes

So you want to keep buying US made vehicles in order to support local jobs and the economy, not if you are looking for a diesel domestic car!

Diesel vehicles now account for nearly half of all new vehicle sales in Europe. In some European countries (such as France), diesel vehicles account for as much as 70 percent of new car sales. Are diesel vehicles a viable alternative to hybrids? JD Powers reported a down swing of Hybrid sales last year of 10%, how come diesel is not the alternative in the US?

The government seems to want it that way by taxing diesel 24.4% and gasoline only 18.4% so it costs more to drive a diesel. Why do they continue to do so, because the petroleum industry wants it that way along with the OEM manufacturers. Truckers account for transporting 70% of all tonnage Nationwide, where would that tax and fuel income go if they lowered the tax rate on diesel? 

Trucking companies pay a huge amount of taxes by using diesel fuel for their fleets. Why do they continue with diesel, it is still the most cost effective for maintenance and longevity of the trucks.

If Americans could buy diesel domestic models like you can in Europe we would keep our cars longer, use less fuel, less maintenance and not visit the big three dealerships as much. Do you think they would want that to happen?

Ford makes a diesel Focus for Europe that is not available in the US and gets 65mpg in the city! Yes, it's EPA compliant, they claim because it is made in England that it would cost $1,000 more than a Prius in the US market. Why can't Ford bring that technology to the US and build them here if it meets EPA standards?

Despite the reasons Europe leads us in diesel technology we do have something to look forward to in 2013! See below:

After a lot of speculation, Chevrolet has officially confirmed it will add a diesel option to the Cruze lineup in North America in calendar year 2013. Diesel versions of the Cruze are currently being sold in Europe. The diesel will boost the already fuel-efficient Cruze lineup. Cruze Eco with a standard six-speed manual transmission, is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway. A U.S. diesel Cruze will be the first Detroit passenger-vehicle diesel since the 2006 Jeep Liberty CRD sport-utility, and the first diesel car from Detroit since the 1980s.  

Maybe the OEMs need to talk to a few of our diesel truck owners on how to get more mileage out of a diesel, they have been doing it for a number of years!

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