They’ve become the engine of choice for European motorists and now, it appears, momentum is finally building to bring diesels into the American mainstream, as well.
Reversing its long-held position that diesels don’t make sense in the U.S. except on heavy-duty trucks, General Motors’ product czar says the maker is planning to develop a diesel-powered sedan for Stateside buyers.
GM Vice Chairman Tom Stephens wouldn’t say much else during a speech to the Directions in Engine-Efficiency and Emissions Research, or DEER, conference. But he did note that there are plenty of diesels to draw from using technology developed by the maker’s European subsidiary, Opel AG.
Stephens predecessor, now-retired V. Chairman Bob Lutz, had repeatedly vetoed the idea of an American diesel insisting that the technology was already too costly and would grow even more expensive in light of next-generation diesel emissions regulations.