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Surge in Diesel Sales Outstripping Overall US Auto Recovery

Hybrids, however, post double-digit decline.

by on Jul.15, 2014

When VW's CrossBlue hits U.S. dealers, the vehicle will offer turbo diesel power plant as an option.

When Volkswagen launches its new midsize sport-utility vehicle a couple years from now you can be sure of several things. Based on the CrossBlue Concept, the crossover vehicle will feature three rows of seats – and offer an optional turbo diesel engine.

And for good reason, considering VW has led the revival of the diesel in the U.S. market. But while it might have been all but alone, a few years ago, the German maker is now just one of a growing list of manufacturers taking advantages of the American diesel revival.

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For the first six months of 2014, in fact, diesel sales surged a full 25% year-over-year, compared to a 4% upturn in the overall American automotive market. By comparison, hybrid vehicles have posted a nearly double-digit decline. (more…)

TDB Brings You the Chicago Auto Show

New vehicles, technology and concepts.

by on Feb.07, 2014

The Windy City is playing host to the latest set of automotive introductions, new technologies and industry executives.

The 106th Chicago Auto Show features plenty of the latest and greatest in the auto world, and plenty of breaking news. And TheDetroitBureau.com continues to bring you more news and behind-the-scenes reports from the show at McCormick Place.

Here’s our handy guide to our complete coverage. Make sure to keep coming back as we add more!

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Nissan Considering Diesel for Midsize Frontier Pickup

But other options, including hybrid, also under study.

by on Feb.06, 2014

Nissan teamed with Cummins on the Frontier diesel concept debuting in Chicago.

After a long and near complete absence from the American automotive market, diesels are again gaining traction, a growing number of makers offering them this year, with more to follow – and nowhere is that more apparent than in the full-size pickup segment where Chrysler is winning kudos for the EcoDiesel in its big Ram 1500, while rival Nissan has announced plans to add a diesel when it launches its next-generation Titan for 2016.

But the Japanese maker brought another possible diesel option to this year’s Chicago Auto Show, a concept version of its midsize Frontier truck featuring an engine produced by Nissan’s diesel partner Cummins.

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And a senior official broadly hinted that the prototype, dubbed the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner, could soon wind up in production.

“Will we build it? We want to see what the public tells us,” said Nissan’s head of U.S. sales, Fred Diaz.

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Diesel Model Tally Set to Double for 2014

Nissan, Audi, Chevrolet key to rapid growth.

by on Aug.22, 2013

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

The number of diesel models on the U.S. market should double during the 2014 model-year, according to various industry-watchers, the high-mileage powertrain technology set to get its biggest boost since falling out of favor with American motorists back in the 1980s.

The sudden surge reflects the advent of new diesel technology that not only maintains an estimated 30% mileage advantage over gasoline engines, but also resolves traditional concerns such as noise, roughness and foul-smelling emissions.

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It also reflects the return to the diesel market by manufacturers like General Motors, the emergence of new makers including Nissan, and the expansion of offerings by diesel leaders such as Volkswagen and is luxury arm Audi. (more…)

Mazda Confirms Diesel Coming for 2014 Mazda6

New sedan launching with SkyActiv gas package.

by on Nov.29, 2012

Mazda will offer both a small gas engine and a new diesel for the 2014 Mazda6 sedan.

Mazda will launch a diesel version of its new midsize Mazda6 sedan during the second half of 2013, the maker confirmed during an LA Auto Show news conference – and while the maker won’t release official figures until closer to launch, a well-placed source said the maker is looking to match hybrid-level fuel economy numbers with the package.

Mazda is the latest manufacturer to announce plans to enter the diesel market, a niche largely populated by European makers, such as Audi which earlier announced plans to add four new diesels to its U.S. line-up next year.

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The new Mazda6 itself was earlier previewed during an introduction in, of all places, Moscow over the summer. The sedan is an example of the Japanese maker’s aggressive new Kodo design language which features a low-slung nose and aggressive wheel bulges intended to deliver a sense of power and agility.

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Daimler Adopts Detroit Brand

Chrysler’s not the only brand “Made in Detroit.”

by on Nov.01, 2011

Daimler is launching a new line that will also boast of its Detroit heritage.

Apparently Chrysler isn’t the only company thinking the tagline, “Made in Detroit,” has a certain cachet these days.  Its old partner, Daimler AG, also is creating its own Motown brand.

Daimler Trucks North America has rolled out its new Detroit marque, which is based on the existing Detroit Diesel brand.

“Detroit Diesel has long been synonymous with performance, quality, reliability and fuel efficiency. We will be building on this heritage with the Detroit brand,” said Andreas Renschler, the Daimler AG Board of Management member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses.

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“We will combine all the components of truck powertrains in the new Detroit brand. By offering a broad range of its own perfectly coordinated powertrain components, DTNA will be able to fulfill its customers’ requirements even more effectively in the future,” Renschler said.

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