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VW Hustling to Meet Demand for Diesel-Powered Passats

Diesel sales in July topped 40% mark for Tennessee-built sedan.

by on Aug.13, 2013

Volkwagen's Chattanooga, Tenn. plant is struggling to keep up with the demand for diesel-equipped Passats.

The rise in popularity of diesel engines – largely due to better mileage than gasoline engines – has put this country’s leading seller of diesels in a bind.

Volkswagen of America (VOA) is scrambling to improve the availability of the engines to satisfy demand for the diesel version of the Passat built at the automaker’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Nearly 4,000 or roughly 40% of the Passats sold in July were TDI Clean Diesels. (more…)

GM “Fundamentally” in Favor of Expanding US Diesel Line-Up

“More to come,” suggests Reuss.

by on Dec.14, 2012

Expect to see GM add a diesel to the powertrain options for the light-duty 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

With its first light-duty diesel set to debut in a manner of months, senior General Motors officials are giving clear indications that they’re ready to launch additional applications of the high-mileage technology, including a diesel for the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.

After years sitting on the sidelines, 2014 could be the year that diesels finally become a viable option for automakers struggling to meet tough need government fuel economy mandates.  Among the various makers that plan to launch or expand their diesel offerings are Mazda, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and, soon, General Motors.

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“There is, fundamentally, a place for diesel here,” said GM President Mark Reuss, during an interview following the preview of the completely redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The executive stressed that 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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Ford Latest to Jump on Diesel Bandwagon

Maker will add 3.2-liter I-5 for new Transit van.

by on Dec.11, 2012

Ford's new Transit van will be offered with the maker's new Power Stroke I-5 diesel.

Ford Motor Co. has done something of an about-face on diesel power, the maker deciding to introduce a 3.2-liter “oil-burner” for the new Transit van it will launch in the U.S. market next year.

It will mark the first time Ford has offered a diesel in a van for the American market since phasing out its Power Stroke V8 in 2010. And with the announcement Ford becomes the latest in a still-small but fast-growing list of manufacturers hoping to boost mileage – and build demand – with high-mileage diesels.  Mazda last month confirmed long-expected plans to offer a diesel in its new Mazda6 sedan.

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Ford has long waivered on making a commitment to diesel, new Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields only last month saying there were no plans to offer the technology in its U.S. passenger car line-up. Instead, Ford has been focusing on its distinctive EcoBoost engines and an expanding line-up of battery-based powertrains.  But it appears the maker saw an opening – and growing demand – in the commercial sector for diesel power.

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