There is one main reason for the diesels popularity in Europe -
differential taxation. In the US diesel fuel now routinely sells for more
than unleaded regular gasoline. How can anyone justify paying extra for a
diesel vehicle if the fuel is more expensive? True the diesel will get
better mileage, but in most cases this will be at the sacrafice of some
That may have been true once in a number of countries and may still
influence some people's decisions (even though it is rarely worthwhile to
pay the extra for a diesel engine unless you do a ery high mileage) but is
no longer that significant.
How do you explain the steep rise of diesel sales in the UK where the fuel
costs the same as or more than standard 95-octane (c. 90 in the US)
The Merc S 320 CDI is the number-1-selling 'luxury executive' saloon in the
UK. To people for whom the price of fuel is probably a secondary
NB: To reply directly replace "nospam" with "schmetterling"
On 25 Nov 2003 20:00:03 -0800
email@example.com (Neo) wrote:
An acquaintance of mine told "It cannot be a diesel! Impossible!" when I
drove to him in a diesel engine equipped Peugeot 406 HDI. He has been an
engine mechanic all his life. This car was a real surprise for him and
it was many years ago already.
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