Its true about the diesels though. Diesels sold in the US are
antiquated, lumbering beasts from the late 70s and early 80s. a modern
european diesel is not smokey, clattery, or similar. The nearest
you'll get to a euro diesel at the moemnt, is the one in the Golf, or
the one in the Dodge (actually Mercedies) Sprinter cargo van. Only
ford diesel i've been impressed with over the years, was the 1.9 they
used to have in the Ford Fiesta Cargo. The one they've put the the
s-type Jag's meant to be good though.
Diesels are a great fit for trucks. Hybridization just doesn't help when the
vehicle is expected to provide a lot of power for a long time, hauling loads
around. (IMA could move it off the line a little quicker, though.)
In spite of my complaint about the lack of off-the-line go power, the turbo
diesel is nearly ideal for the job. The power on the road is outstanding
(for a 10,000 GVWR truck) and the fuel economy is right at twice what the
old gasser was giving me. Not only does that translate to a money saving, it
means twice the range. No ignition to fail... I like it.
On Wed, 9 Nov 2005 15:36:07 -0700, "Michael Pardee"
They're great for cars too. Hell, the fastest 3-series BMW, is a
diesel. UK cops use diesels for their intermediate speed cars (volvo
station wagons for the high speed ones) they're comming on in leaps
ond bounds there, compaired to the US held back by its recaltrecent
truckers, and their reluctance to upgrade tractor-trailer units.
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