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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

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.


VW Expecting More Diesel Growth

Reliability “perceptions” still a problem, says VWoA’s Jacoby.

by on Jan.13, 2010

Volkswagen is betting its expanding diesel line-up will help it reach its goal of 800,000 sales, in the U.S., by 2018.

While industry leaders continue to hedge and debate the potential for diesels in the U.S. market, it’s full-speed ahead for Volkswagen of America.

The German maker’s diesel-powered products continue to gain ground, encouraging VW to add the powertrain as an option on even more of its models, going forward, said Stephan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen of America.

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“With any new vehicle that arrives with a diesel option,” said the executive, during a speech at the annual Automotive News World Congress, “we estimate 20 to 30% of the mix will be diesel.”


Volkswagen of America Debuts Its First Consumer Blog Forum

"TDI Truth & Dare" claims to address diesel myths.

by on May.04, 2009


The truth about clean diesel technology is presented, at least from a VW slant.

Volkswagen of America launched its first” unedited” consumer blog forum called TDI Truth & Dare this morning.  The blog will attempt to promote the difference of diesel from “clean diesel,” as the compression ignition engines continue to struggle to gain acceptance in the U.S. in the face of consumer skepticism over high initial and fuel costs, as well as previous experience with noise and cancer causing soot from diesel engines.

Jetta sales at 6,000 units were off 16% in April compared to the year earlier period. VW does not break out diesel sales, something it should do if it believes that diesel can grow in the U.S.

VW said that visitors will learn the “truth about clean diesel technology” by understanding the facts. The forum will also dare visitors to get involved in the alternative fuel discussion by participating in online events, such as the “Tank Wars” fuel-efficient driving challenge, and using applications like “Diesel Finder” and “Savings Calculator.”

Tank Wars is VW-dubbed as “The ultimate MPG challenge” where it dares consumers to reach or surpass the Guinness World Record of 58 miles per gallon set in September 2008 by a Volkswagen Jetta TDI driven by John and Helen Taylor. (more…)

Motor Week Fetes Jetta Clean Diesel

Best of all worlds, TV show declares

by on Feb.11, 2009

Motor Week Host John Davis with Best-of-the-Year VW Jetta TDI

Motor Week Host John Davis with Best-of-the-Year VW Jetta TDI

The JETTA TDI clean diesel was named “Best of the Year” by Motor Week in its 2009 Drivers’ Choice Award competition.

John Davis, Motor Week host, said the Jetta TDI really had no peer this year. “It is the best of all worlds rolled into one vehicle. It’s clean, powerful, fun to drive, roomy and comfortable and it also happens to be very affordable. If history is any judge on past Volkswagen diesels, you can add extremely reliable and durable to the list.”

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the Jetta TDI gets an economical 29 miles per gallon in its City cycle and 40 miles per gallon on the Highway. Volkswagen went a step further to show the true fuel economy of the Jetta TDI. Third party testing found the Jetta performed 24 percent better in real world conditions – in sharp contrast to most vehicles, which typical deliver lower mileage than the EPA forecast — achieving 38 miles per gallon in the city and 44 mpg on the highway.

The other ‘Driver Choice’ awards included Best Small Car, Honda Fit; Best Family Sedan, Mazda6; Best Minivan, Dodge Grand Caravan/Chrysler Town & Country; Best Sport Sedan, Cadillac CTS; Best Luxury Sedan, Hyundai Genesis; Best Convertible, BMW1- Series; Best Small Utility, Subaru Forester; Best Large Utility, Honda Pilot; Best Pickup Truck, Dodge Ram; Best Sport Coupe, Audi A5/S5; Best Performance Car, Nissan GT-R, Best Eco-Friendly, Volkswagen GTI; Best Dream Machine, Chevrolet ZR1.