Posted By RichC on May 4, 2007
May 3rd CNNMoney.com published an article noting the jump in fuel prices has once again created an interest in economical alternatives to ‘gasoline,’ in this case diesels. The article titled “Diesel cars are coming back” comments on the price of oil 30 years ago that has some Americans turning to diesels build by Mercedes-Benz … and then of course the 1980s debacle of by GM. Besides the poor performance, noise and nasty smoke, it wasn’t long until ‘cheap gas’ was back and the American ‘try’ at diesel was just an ugly memory.
Today, as most TDI owners know, diesels are no longer noisy and hampered with poor performance. Thankfully more and more people are beginning to look at them again and realizing, that with the new ULSD and biodiesel, they are far cleaner than before. Add to this the unprecedented work being done with NOx treatment and particulate filters, diesels may actually be cleaner per mile that many gasoline hybrid vehicles. Check out Peter Valdes-Dapena’s article and see if he’s fairly representing this new breed of diesel.
“The diesel Jetta sedan will be back next year, however, in a cleaner running version that will meet emissions standards in all 50 states, VW says.”