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More Diesel Cars in the Cards for Canadians

Canadian consumers have caught on – diesel cars aren’t the smelly, smoke-belching monsters that they were decades ago. Today’s diesel engines are clean-burning, high performance mileage-makers that are finding an eager group of buyers here in Canada. And not just in trucks. Long reserved for hauling and towing, consumers are finding that diesel engines are a great source of power in people movers.

German manufacturers make the best-known diesel passenger cars in the world. Mercedes-Benz has a number of models available in Canada using their proprietary BlueTEC diesels, BMW offers the 328d, and Audi has a number of diesel engines available across their platforms, with some talk of a diesel power plant being available for every one of their models before too many years pass.

Volkswagen has done considerable work to place themselves in the enviable position of being the diesel manufacturer for the people. Their TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) engines are available across their line-up, and may be the single biggest factor in widespread acceptance of diesel cars in North America, offering smooth performance and staggeringly good mileage numbers.

Following the German manufacturers into the Canadian market, Mazda will be bringing the Skyactiv-d sedan to dealerships later this year, in an effort to compete with Toyota, Honda, and other imports in the mileage wars. These other manufacturers have invested heavily in hybrids, and Mazda thinks that diesel technology might give them an edge with consumers, offering mileage numbers that approach the hybrid class with less of a price premium.

The lone homegrown diesel sedan will remain the Chevrolet Cruze, which gets the best highway fuel efficiency numbers of any 2014 diesel or gasoline powered car in Canada. The Cruze has proven to be a sales juggernaut for the company in its 4-cylinder gasoline incarnation, the diesel model is expected to be very well received.

At IAmDiesel, we consider the recent rise of diesel popularity to be great news. We love diesels of all shapes and sizes.

Diesel Trend Coming to North America

With the current trend towards diesel powered automobiles, North America may be finally getting on the right track in energy conservation. For European automotive consumers, the truth about diesel propulsion has been widely accepted; as shown in a U.S. Department of Energy study, which estimates that over fifty-percent of all European new vehicle sales were diesels.

Better Fuel

More stringent governmental regulations concerning diesel fuel, in virtually every country in North America and Europe, have produced surprising benefits in performance. Less than a decade ago, diesel powered cars were loud, noisy, and smelly, but ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel burns more thoroughly, reducing black smoke and the offensive odor which is often associated with diesel autos. Sure, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel developments make today’s diesel powered vehicles quieter and cleaner, but it also makes them more powerful.

Better Engine

Recent advancements in diesel engine technology have allowed carmakers to offer diesel cars, which are more quiet and powerful than ever before. German automakers have cornered the diesel sport sedan market with direct turbo injection, more efficient turbochargers, the use of multiple turbochargers, enhanced intercoolers, and less restrictive exhaust systems; giving their cars the edge in fuel efficiency and performance. However, 2014 has seen the introduction of several North American diesel powered models, including the impressive 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, that stand to give the Germans a “run for the money”.  Diesel engines produce more torque than gasoline engines; that translates into better take-offs, more towing power, and quicker acceleration at highway speeds.

Better Mileage

Anyone who has bought a new vehicle can attest to the fact that, sometimes, EPA estimations on a car’s fuel efficiency can be overrated.  Traditionally, diesel vehicles are underestimated, which means that they yield better fuel mileage than originally advertised. Improvements in fuel mileage estimations, of as small as ten-percent, can provide the consumer with significant savings over a period of several years. Add these savings to the fact that diesels normally carry a higher resale value, and you will see that you can’t afford not to consider a diesel powered automobile as your next purchase.