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Mazda To Delay SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Launch In North America


Mazda Canada Inc. has announced that the launch of its SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine in North America is being further delayed from its Spring 2014 announced debut timing.

While Mazda understands its SKYACTIV-D can meet emission regulation requirements without the use of a NOx after-treatment system, it has decided that further development is required to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance.

Further information on the program, including a timeline of launch for North America, technical specifications and fuel economy will be available at a later date, closer to launch.

Turbocharger’s future in North America

North America‘s turbo ‘revolution’

The change in the market in North America – led by Ford – is particularly remarkable; in 2008, there were no turbocharged petrol engines made in North America, all previous turbo-fitted engines having been imported. The first North American built turbocharged petrol engine was fitted to the Lincoln MKS which used the first North American EcoBoost engine. This engine has since been fitted to the Ford Flex, Explorer and most significantly the F-series pick-up trucks.

“GM has been somewhat behind Ford in terms of the fitment of turbochargers, but it is slowly going down the same route,” said Ian Henry. “It has already started on this journey – the 2012 Cadillac XTS had a turbo option on the 3.6 litre V6 engine. GM is however also working on improving the fuel efficiency of its naturally aspirated engines and has claimed that it can achieve similar fuel efficiencies gains to those available with turbochargers through other means.”

“The impetus at Chrysler will come from Fiat’s MultiAir programme,” adds Henry.

The CAFE rules announced in 2012 will force GM and Chrysler to accelerate their use of fuel saving technologies such as turbochargers and a large part of the increased volumes which will be seen in the next few years and into the 2020s come from the widening take-up across these VMs, Ford having led the way.

According to just-auto’s QUBE data, North America currently has a turbo fitment rate below 20% but by the late 2020s, if not before, its fitment rate will be much closer to that of Europe, at close to 75%.

Best Regards,

Kenny Taylor
General Manager
Melett North America, Inc

Turbocharged Gas and Diesel are the Way of the Future: VW

If the designers at Volkswagen have anything to say about it, normally aspirated gasoline and diesel engines will be a thing of the past in just a few years, replaced with more powerful and efficient turbocharged models.

As Volkswagen is the third largest automaker in the world, there’s a pretty good chance that their designers will have their say. Other companies are expected to follow suit.

Turbocharged diesel engines have been with us a long time. Heavy trucks use them as standard equipment. The power plants associated with tractor-trailers are increasingly high-tech, with on-board computers providing a constant stream of data that allows the engine to adjust for driving conditions in real time. As a result, these more efficient engines last longer – it’s completely within the norm for a transport truck’s engine to operate for over a million miles.

Volkswagen’s award-winning and popular clean diesel technology has pioneered the return of the turbocharger for use in passenger cars. Recently, Ford introduced its EcoBoost gasoline engines, which use a turbocharger and onboard computer to maximize fuel economy while providing the power that drivers are accustomed to getting from much larger, inefficient normally-aspirated (non turbo) engines.

Volkswagen has only a couple of offerings in their extensive lineup of cars that don’t use a turbocharger, and have plans to replace these models with turbo engines in the next two to three years. As VW is on a roll, it’s likely that other automakers will see the wisdom of their ways, and follow suit.

At IAmDiesel, we’re happy to see carmakers making good design choices. For too many years, passenger cars have been designed with disposability in mind. As Winnipeg’s premiere provider of repairs to turbocharged diesel engines, we’re happy to see automakers making good decisions. Not just because we make our living fixing them, but because we like to see automakers building cars worth fixing.

Volkswagen Diesel Success – Sudden, but no Surprise

It’s no secret. Volkswagen is slowly but surely, without any huge announcements or ribbon cutting ceremonies, cementing its place among the world’s most successful carmakers. Renowned for relatively austere cars engineered to provide years of trouble free operation, the carmaker is likely to sell more cars than any other company in the world by 2018. At IamDIESEL, we are not surprised. Here’s why we think VW is so successful:

1) Heritage
Volkswagen is a European carmaker. They’ve had great success in taking their cues from that market and bringing them to the rest of the world. North America laughed at the Beetle when it first arrived, but it wasn’t too long before it became one of the best-loved objects of 20th century design. Today, the company is bringing diesel engines in passenger cars across the Atlantic. Other carmakers at fist pointed and laughed. Now they are scrambling to offer their own diesels. They are years behind.

2) Persistence
Volkswagen has been making diesel engines for decades. Even when they weren’t popular. When they didn’t have a future. Why? Because Volkswagen engineers knew that diesel had a place in passenger vehicles.

3) Perception
Volkswagen has been using the same advertising agency since 1959. Doyle Dane Bernbach (now DDB) introduced the Beetle to the world, and they’ve done the same thing for every single car the company has ever made. The message has been unwavering – these cars are sensible, and they’re well built. People believe it because, well, it’s true.

4) Variety
Volkswagen offers a wide variety of engine options across their product lines. Diesel has been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of their North American offerings. After decades of hard work and constant product development, Volkswagen is now in the process of reaping the rewards.

IamDIESEL is operated by Western Turbo. We are Winnipeg’s diesel specialists, and welcome your Volkswagen to our facility. We provide Winnipeg’s best service for diesel vehicles of all sizes.

Diesel Powertrains – a Viable Alternative for Cost Conscious Consumers

Ask someone about alternative fuel sources for automobiles and they’ll likely start talking about hybrid technology and the long awaited plug-in electric vehicle, finally making it’s debut in carmaker’s showrooms across North America.

According to their proponents, these cars are going to save the environment, and at the same time save customers tons of money in fuel costs.

Those who’ve done the math are finding out that this might not be the case. Hybrid and plug-in electrics are available, but at a huge cost premium. Many cost as much as $15,000 more than their conventionally powered counterparts. Even with the considerable cost savings they provide in fuel, it would take years longer than they’re expected to serve to repay the significant premium at purchase. This makes them a relatively poor investment, narrowing their appeal considerably.

There are also some concerns regarding the battery technology in these new vehicles. Their longevity is still unproven, and a costly battery replacement will certainly drive up total cost of ownership.

The smart money is on diesel. As the original “alternative fuel”, diesel owners experience considerable saving at the gas pump for a relatively small (2-3 thousand) increase in vehicle cost. In fact, because it’s widely accepted that diesel engines are more durable, diesels of all types retain their value better than gasoline-powered vehicles, which can make the increase in MSRP a non-issue.

If you’re in the market for a more fuel-efficient vehicle, sharpen your pencil and have a good look at all the alternatives to gasoline. Dollar for dollar, diesel might just be your best bet. New models are coming to North America all the time, with cars from Mazda and General Motors joining the strong Volkswagen fleet that’s been available for years. As far as pickups are concerned, all the major players make diesel one-tons, with the new 2014 Dodge Ram bringing a 3-litre diesel to the smaller ½ ton segment.

At IamDIESEL, the newfound popularity of diesel powered passenger vehicles doesn’t surprise us. We’ve known how versatile diesel is for a long time. As diesel aficionados, we appreciate diesel vehicles of all sorts. Our trained technicians are standing by to take care of the repair and maintenance needs of your diesel vehicle, no matter how large or small.

Audi Adding TDI Clean Diesel for 2013

The folks at Audi have decided to keep up with the Joneses over at Mercedes Benz and BMW by offering diesel options to their current and future lineup of cars and SUV’s. Beginning this fall, the Q5, A8, A7 and A6 will be available equipped with TDI clean diesel engines. The A8 TDI, which will be available in spring of 2014, will come with a 3.0L engine, making 240-hp and 406 lb.-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency estimates for the TDI A8 are 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

Starting this fall, Audi’s A6 performance sedan will at long last have an answer to BMW’s 5-series diesel iteration, and the Mercedes E350 BluTec. Its A7 luxury sedan, with its standard eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive, will be a match made in diesel heaven for drivers.

Audi’s compact SUV, the Q5, already available in turbocharged 2.0L I4, and 3.0L V6 engines, will add the TDI 3.0L diesel to its lineup beginning this fall as well. With the addition of the TDI diesel to the available engine options, the Q5 will offer increased torque and better fuel efficiency. The A8, A7, A6 abs Q5 will join Audi’s Q7 TDI to form a scintillating and eye-catching lineup of high-performance diesel choices for the coming model year. The Q7 TDI variant offers fuel economy of 19 city/28 highway. No official announcement has been forthcoming thus far, but speculation persists that Audi will eventually add a TDI option to the A4 as well.

TDI, or Turbocharged Direct Injection, engines are diesel engines that utilize both turbocharging and cylinder-direct fuel injection. In TDI engines, fuel is injected directly into the main combustion chamber, rather than a pre-combustion chamber. This, along with other design features, results in cleaner, more efficient combustion of diesel fuel.

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Biodiesel Fight Heating Up

The National Biodiesel Board is teaming up with Diesel Technology Forum to “fight for clean diesel technology”. By joining the National Biodiesel Board hopes to help raise the awareness of the benefits of diesel over other fuels.

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Maintaining Diesels

  You don’t have to go far to find a fleet having trouble with engines. Mostly they report emissions systems problems, not surprising given the short time the engine makers had to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s tight timelines.

 The importance of Diagnostics

ADS News – Yanmar America Announces Partnership with The Toro Company

By BusinessWirevia The Motley Fool
Posted 12:05PM 10/16/12 Posted under: Investing

Yanmar America Announces Partnership with The Toro Company to Provide Tier 4 Compliant Diesel Engines for Commercial Applications

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Yanmar America Corp., a division of Yanmar Company Ltd., is pleased to announce a partnership with The Toro Company to provide diesel engines for select commercial turf maintenance equipment. The Yanmar diesel engines will allow Toro to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions regulations which go into effect January 1, 2013.

Yanmar will provide Toro with EPA compliant diesel engine models. The low total lifecycle ownership cost of Yanmar’s diesel engines along with innovative technology and reduced environmental impact were deciding factors in Toro’s decision to form a partnership with Yanmar. The first Toro products to feature Yanmar’s Tier 4 compliant diesel engine technology will be select commercial mowers over 25 horsepower.

Happy 100th Birthday to the Turbocharger

A century ago, Swiss engineer Alfred Buchi was studying steam turbines when inspiration struck: Why not spin the wheel with exhaust from an internal combustion engine and use the recovered energy to force-feed the intake side? It was a brilliant concept, since roughly a third of the energy in fuel is normally squandered out the tailpipe. Buchi applied for a patent to cover his invention in 1905.