Most of the first tier suppliers are starting to invest heavily in
Diesel technology in the States. It seems that the rising cost of gas
is finally making US customers look at alternatives. I recently had a
conversation with a colleague from Dearborn whilst travelling in my
TDCi he expressed surprise at the refinement and performance of the
car and was totally shocked when I told him the sort of returns we
routinely get. In his words "We consider anything over 20mpg to be
economical nearly 50mpg is miraculous"
Not in a Focus, no. We get the VW TDi, Benz E320 CDI, and you can get
full sized pickup trucks with a diesel engine.
That's because fuel is heavily taxed in Europe. It's quite cheap here
in the USA. For example, regular unleaded gasoline is approximately
0.32 Euro/liter ($1.599/US gallon) at my local filling station, diesel
is slightly higher.
Diesel is slightly higher ???...in Europe is totaly opposite.
Regular unleaded gasoline is about 1 Euro and diesel is about 0,85Euro per
Well, I could realy save some money on gas in US with that prices, no wonder
you occupied Iraq....:-).
For real information (not Usenet bullshit) about US fuel prices, go to
<http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/oog/info/gdu/gasdiesel.asp . The United Statesisn't exactly *making* money from the occupation of Iraq. Of course, you
Switzerland is the same. On the other hand, insurance and road taxes for
diesels are higher in Germany than for petrol cars, so the lower fuel costs
just offset this. I think the only real winners are Spain and France.
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Road taxes yes, insurance no. Insurance premiums are probably higher
because the residual value of diesel cars is higher than the equivalent
petrol. Insurance costs are only based on an aggregate cost per claim and
the chance of a claim. That's why sports cars are expensive (high chance of
claim) and also some really boring cars can be expensive if they have
something which is a pain in the ass to repair (like expensive front lights
which drive up the cost of a relatively minor accident) or if the cost to
write off the car is high (residual value).
Uk is Europe, even you still have pound instead of euro....:-).
In my region, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Germany diesel is cheaper
than gasoline, thats the one of the reasons
people buy diesel cars.
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