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2016 Colorado 2.8L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel

The Chevy Colorado was named the Motor Trend Truck of the Year® for 2015. Fast forward a year later, and reminiscent of Groundhog Day, the 2016 Chevy Colorado has once again earned the award, but this year there’s a diesel twist.

The 2016 midsize truck model is available with a 181-horsepower, 2.8-litre inline-four Duramax diesel, making it the only truck in its class (along with the GMC Canyon cousin) to offer such an engine.

Some other reasons cited by reviewers for the back-to-back victories include capability, dynamic performance, and overall driver enjoyment. The truck is engineered to drive small and light, feeling more like a crossover than a truck, and resulting in unusually sharp steering and deft handling.

The Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine provides an impressive 181 horsepower. It also offers torque of 369lb/ft, towing capacity of 7,700lbs, and fuel economy of 22 city/31 highway; each rating representing the Best-In-Class.

The cabin of the Duramax is very quiet thanks to added acoustic damping in the dash and engine cover, and a trick piece of engineering that cancels out the engine’s torsional vibrations.

Dubbed “immensely versatile”, the new Duramax delivers best-in-class fuel economy, superb drivability, and superior towing and payload capacity. Definitely worthy of the Motor Trend truck of the Year title two years running!

Click here to learn more about the 2016 Colorado 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel.

Winnipeg’s premiere diesel centre is Western Turbo and the Diesel Service Centre at IamDIESEL. Whether you need parts, service, or regular maintenance to your diesel vehicle, or just want advice about a new truck, visit us today!

2016 Nissan Titan® with 5.0L V8 Cummins Turbo Diesel

Representing the first complete redesign of the Titan since its 2005 inception, the 2016 Nissan Titan® XD Crew Cab is the first in the lineup to feature a 5.0L V8 Cummins® Turbo Diesel engine, providing massive torque, impressive efficiency, and legendary Cummins® reliability.

Canadian market research conducted by Nissan revealed that 7,000 owners of half-ton pickup trucks feel they need a slightly bigger truck for towing, while 7,000 owners of ¾-ton trucks believe they have too much truck for their average load. The redesigned Titan falls in between these two main categories in terms of payload, towing capacities and price.

The Titan® XD has sufficient weight and power, plus heavy duty brakes, to make pulling a heavier trailer almost effortless. It also boasts a removable gooseneck hitch, hydraulic cab mounts, a fully boxed ladder frame with military-grade steel, and an Aisin® 6-speed transmission.

All of these features combine to offer heavy towing capacity with better fuel economy and a more comfortable ride than the average ¾-ton.

Click here to download specifications and build your own Nissan Titan®.

Winnipeg’s premiere diesel centre is Western Turbo and the Diesel Service Centre at IamDIESEL. Whether you need parts, service, or regular maintenance to your diesel vehicle, or just want advice about a new truck, visit us today!

General Motors is Reportedly Looking to Diesel for more ½ Ton Economy

Recent improvements in Ford’s F-150 EcoBoost technology for its gas engines, and introduction of a small-displacement diesel engine in the Dodge RAM 1500 have left General Motors playing a game of catch-up in the ½ ton pickup segment.

Ford is getting around 30 mpg, and the RAM about 28. GM’s trucks are sitting around 24, putting them significantly behind the other North American manufacturers in a category that is increasingly valued by consumers. This circumstance has the company looking for ways to catch up in a hurry.

Following the 2014 RAM’s lead, it looks like the Silverado and Sierra could be in line for a diesel power plant, and maybe more than one option at that. In 2009, GM halted plans to offer a 4.5L diesel in its pickups, as it realigned itself in the wake of bankruptcy to consolidate models and concentrate on car production. There’s been some talk of “dusting off” this engine, which was on the verge of production, as well as the possibility of using a smaller, 2.8L I-4 engine that’s going to be optional equipment on the midsized Canyon and Colorado in 2016.

Whichever way they go, we’re happy to hear that GM is finally looking at diesel as a viable option for these popular pickups. Consumers want better mileage without sacrificing hauling and towing power, and that’s exactly what diesel delivers. A bold decision to put a diesel under the hood made the 2014 RAM the Motor Trend Truck of the Year®, and we’re betting a diesel powered Silverado/Sierra combination will be a winner for General Motors.

IAmDiesel have been champions of diesel engines in passenger cars and light trucks for years. We’re Winnipeg’s best option for repairs and maintenance to diesel vehicles of all types, and we know that diesel engines get better mileage and last longer than their gasoline powered equivalents.

Diesel Car Sales Up in 2011

The sale of diesel cars in 2011 rose dramatically compared to just a year ago, increasing by nearly 40 percent. The best-selling diesel model in 2011 was the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, with almost 60,000 units sold. Its stable-mate, the Volkswagen Golf TDI, while not selling nearly as well, still managed to rank second in sales with close to 1,000 sold. Third-best selling car was the BMW X5 xDrive35d, selling about 600 units.

Industry experts point to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan as a major factor, as hybrid vehicle availability was significantly reduced as a result. Despite this advantage, the Toyota Prius still managed sales of almost 75,000 units. Supply issues have likewise affected some electric car sales, notably the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera.

Though they are expected to gain significantly in sales overall, it remains to be seen whether the economy will remain a force in car-buyers’ opting for more affordable gas-powered models, or if recovery from the supply issues that have plagued some green alternatives will boost their sales even further.

Diesel Pick Up Trucks: Should I Buy One?

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a diesel truck, but there are some downsides to owning a diesel as well. It’s always a good idea to look at the pros and cons before you hand over the dough.

The number one reason people buy a diesel pickup truck is for the power you get in a diesel engine. If you want a heavy duty truck for hauling loads or pulling a trailer, a diesel has advantage over a gasoline engine. That’s why you’ll see a diesel pickup under most fifth-wheels or sitting on construction sites.

The second biggest reason for buying anything with a diesel engine is the long life. A typical gas engine may run for 300,000 to 500,000 miles. A diesel, on the other hand, will generally give you substantially longer life. Add the long life to the fuel economy and it makes a gas engine seem like a pretty poor bargain.

So, with all this going for it, why wouldn’t you want to buy a diesel truck? Well, there are a few negatives, and most of them have dollar signs attached to them. A diesel pickup will usually cost you a little more than an equivalent with a gas engine. The price per gallon for diesel fuel is going to be more than gasoline (but your mileage per gallon should out weigh this negative). A diesel uses quite a bit more oil in the engine than the gasoline engine, too. An oil change will cost significantly more and good quality approved lubricants with superior filtration can provide extended drain intervals.

You’ll get a slower take off with your diesel than the pickup sitting in the next lane and they’re meant for long hauls more than cruising around town. Stop and go driving can actually be significantly harmful to your diesel. If you rarely put your truck to hard work, a gasoline engine may be a better choice. Sub-zero weather and diesels can be a problem too and The Diesel Service Centre can provide you with options ranging from engine/fuel heaters to OE approved fuel conditioner like the Stanadyne Performance Formula.

If you’re looking for a heavy duty, long-lasting truck, a diesel is a good choice. Quick spins to the grocery store and back? Get yourself a small gas pickup with good mileage. That’s all you’ll need.