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VW Backing Away From Diesel as Other Makers Filling Void

GM bringing two new diesels to market by 2017.

by on Oct.19, 2015

GM is still planning a second-generation diesel engine for its Chevy Cruze in time for the 2017 model.

Volkswagen has taken a turn away from its grand diesel plan in the U.S. saying that it will cut back on its plans to develop engines for the market here in light of recent events; however, just as it’s planning to get out, one of its largest competitors is ramping up its diesel efforts.

The German maker said recently that it will focus on its electric vehicle program as a way to meet toughening emissions standards in the U.S. and less so on its diesels, which offered a triple threat of durability, improved emissions and fuel savings.

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What will become of the diesel market in the U.S.? Fear not, General Motors has it covered. Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, said recently the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and the diesel program for Cadillac are still a go. (more…)

Automakers Divided Over Bio-Diesel

Mercedes-Benz stops selling diesel models in Illinois.

by on Jul.26, 2013

At 46 mpg highway, the new Chevy Cruze Turbo Diesel gives even hybrids a run for their (gas) money.

It’s the stuff of dreams for some environmentalists: a fuel you can make from renewable sources as diverse as algae and used cooking oil. But for some automakers, bio-diesel is a nightmare so worrisome one major maker has pulled out of the Illinois market after lawmakers there approved incentives meant to boost demand for bio-diesel.

Mercedes-Benz isn’t the only maker worried that bio-diesel could have a downside far different from the green image proponents present. The German maker warns that if poorly blended, the fuel could gunk up its engines and worsen air quality. That led the maker to recently stop selling diesel models like the new E250 BlueTec diesel in the land of Lincoln.

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Illinois lawmakers recently approved a plan to drop the state’s 6.25% sales tax on fuel with a bio-diesel content of at least 10%. Mercedes, which has been one of the strongest proponents of diesel fuel in the U.S. market, has set a limit of 5% biodiesel content, or B5. (more…)

First Drive: Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

Great mileage, good performance – but is it worth the price?

by on May.24, 2013

At 46 mpg highway, the new Chevy Cruze Turbo Diesel gives even hybrids a run for their (gas) money.

It looks like your run-of-the-mill Chevrolet Cruze, albeit with a nicely loaded interior. But it only takes a second, after you slip behind the wheel and turn the key, to recognize something’s different.

There’s that chattering sound from under the hood that tells you this is the new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel, the first time any of General Motors’ U.S. brands has put an “oil burner” under the hood of a passenger car since 1986. There’s good reason why it’s taken so long considering the disastrous diesels it produced in the mid-‘80s, models so bad they almost single-handedly destroyed the American diesel market.

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But it’s a new world. Technologies such as high-pressure injection and turbocharging have transformed the modern diesel, making them smooth, quiet, quick and clean.  Or, at least, that’s what we’ve experienced from other manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. So TheDetroitBureau.com went to Hell and back – Hell, Michigan, that is, to see if the new Cruze Turbo Diesel was anywhere near as good as the competition.

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After Nearly Killing the Diesel, GM Brings it Back

Chevrolet launches Cruze diesel, considers other options.

by on May.24, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will have the highest highway mileage rating of any non-hybid passenger car sold in the U.S.

The company that all but killed the diesel engine is now hoping to bring it back.

For the first time since 1986, General Motors began selling a diesel-powered passenger car this week, and company officials say that a successful launch of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel could convince them to add additional “oil burners” to the line-up.

“We’ll be watching very closely,” said Chris Perry, vice president of marketing for the Chevrolet brand, adding that with the launch of the Cruze Diesel, Chevy hopes to give some “real competition” to the European makers that currently dominate the small but growing U.S. diesel market, especially Volkswagen.

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Diesels were a significant part of the U.S. market in the late 1970s and early 1980s as American motorists struggled to deal with rising fuel prices after two Mideast energy shocks. But the market took a tumble late in the ‘80s, in part due to some major quality problems with GM diesels, especially an Oldsmobile engine that had a tendency to fail catastrophically.

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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Will Deliver 46 MPG

Highway mileage near match for Toyota Prius.

by on Apr.18, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will have the highest highway mileage rating of any non-hybid passenger car sold in the U.S.

Sedan buyers looking to get hybrid-level fuel economy without having to actually opt for a hybrid vehicle now have a new alternative – the EPA giving the new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel a 46 mpg rating on the highway.

That comes in ahead of the Toyota Prius V, matches the smaller Prius C – and falls just 1 mpg short of Ford’s 47 mpg Fusion Hybrid. But, as is often the case, highway mileage alone can be misleading.

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The “Clean” Cruze is General Motors’ first diesel-powered passenger car in roughly three decades to be sold in the U.S. market. The maker “harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said the project’s chief engineer Gary Altman. As with its key competitors, about half of all the vehicles GM sells in Europe use diesel power.

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Chrysler to Add High-Mileage Diesel for Ram 1500

Ford softening its opposition to diesels, as well.

by on Feb.14, 2013

The Ram 1500 will begin offering a 3.0-liter turbodiesel.

Chrysler will add a diesel option for the Ram 1500 pickup, making it the only automaker to offer the high-mileage technology on a half-ton truck. It could be a significant additional inducement the announcement coming barely a month after the Ram 1500 was named North American Truck of the Year.

But Chrysler may not be the only maker to market a diesel standard-duty pickup for long. General Motors is reportedly considering such an option for its newly redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models, while Toyota and Nissan may add diesels when their redesigned Tundra and Titan models reach market.

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Meanwhile, diesels are rapidly gaining ground in other market segments. Chevrolet last week unveiled its new Cruze Diesel, the first passenger car model from General Motors’ largest brand to offer the powertrain technology since 1996. Mazda will add a diesel for its new Mazda6 later this year. And even Ford’s long-standing resistance to diesel power in U.S. passenger cars finally may be crumbling.

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Chevy Cruze Eco-D Diesel Ready for Chicago Debut

Could usher in wave of new light-duty U.S. diesels.

by on Jan.29, 2013

Chevrolet is expected to introduce the long-awaited diesel version of its Cruze Eco which may yield as much as 50 mpg highway.

The long-awaited Chevrolet Cruze diesel reportedly is set to make its debut at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show.

Set to be the first General Motors passenger car to feature a diesel in the U.S. market for more than two decades, the Cruze is likely to generate significant interest both among consumers and industry insiders. GM officials have made it clear they’ll be closely watching the public’s response to the new model and, if it gains traction, the Cruze diesel could be followed by other GM offerings.

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“There is, fundamentally, a place for diesel here,” GM President Mark Reuss, said during a recent interview with TheDetroitBureau.com.

The maker is expected to add a diesel option for its redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. But Reuss indicated he is “personally” in favor of adding more of the so-called “oil-burners” to GM’s North American line-up.

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GM Confirms Chevrolet Cruze Diesel for 2013; Could Get 51 MPG

Will other makers follow with diesels of their own?

by on Jul.22, 2011

Chevy will add a diesel to the Cruze line-up for 2013.

General Motors has formally confirmed it will add a high-mileage diesel to its Chevrolet Cruze line starting with the 2013 model-year.

The long-rumored diesel is likely to be an adaptation of the 2.0-liter VCDi direct-injection “oil-burner” already offered in Europe on their version of the Chevy compact.  Insiders report that the diesel could deliver as much as 51 miles per gallon – significantly more than the current Cruze Eco and in line with the Toyota Prius Hybrid.

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For its part, GM won’t do more than confirm plans to add the diesel, but that is a distinct reversal of the company’s long-standing opposition to the technology.  Former GM car czar Bob Lutz, in particular, had argued that the cost of meeting U.S. emissions standards was too high.

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Chevrolet looks at optional 50 mpg diesel Cruze.

GM Could be First Domestic Maker to Offer “oil burner” in Compact Passenger Car.

by on Jul.12, 2011

Is a 50 mpg Chevy Cruze diesel in the works?

General Motors appears to be reversing its long-standing resistance to the use of diesel power for its passenger car line-up – and may soon introduce an “oil burner” into its Chevrolet Cruze line-up, which would give the compact model hybrid-level fuel efficiency that could approach 50 mpg.

Like many manufacturers, GM has been wary of diesels despite their chart-topping mileage.  The key issue has been the cost of meeting ever-toughening emissions standards.  But the industry giant has also been concerned whether U.S. motorists would be turned off by diesel’s other disadvantages.

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The change in mindset might reflect the continuing growth in demand for diesel-powered offerings now provided by most of the German makers, some Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz models seeing diesel options climbing to nearly a third of their powertrain mix.

While several GM officials declined to comment on the record, they privately confirmed that the high-mileage technology is starting to win converts among senior management, especially with the Obama Administration pushing for fuel economy standards to jump from 37.5 mpg in 2016 to as much as 56.2 mpg in 2025.

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GM Will Apparently Put Diesel in Cruze

Small Chevy oil burner expected to be a 2.0-liter four cylinder.

by on Feb.24, 2011

Holden offers a diesel in its version of the Cruze sedan. A website says that GM is now preparing to bring the diesel to the U.S. market.

For years, executives for the Big Three automakers have said that there wasn’t a viable business case for a small diesel car in the U.S.

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Now it appears General Motors is planning to test the waters with a diesel slated for the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze.

GM Inside News quoted unnamed sources at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant that produces the Cruze as saying that management had informed them that a diesel would be added to the Cruze lineup beginning next year.
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