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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.

Motor Trend Names Car of the Year

Motor Trend, the automotive publication that has been awarding vehicle excellence for 62 years, has named the Volkswagen Passat its 2012 Car of the Year. Motor Trend made the announcement at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Volkswagen earned the recognition out of a record field of 35 contenders, which were either all-new or completely redesigned. Each model was evaluated using a series of tests which measures six primary criteria:

Advancement in Design
The Passat earned high marks for its “clean and simple” styling inside and out, according to judges. Its design precision rivals that of luxury class vehicles.

Engineering Excellence
The strength of the Passat in this category was in its powertrain offerings. The 2.5 litre 5-cylinder, the V-6, and the high-efficiency turbo diesel. Highest praise went to the combination diesel engine and dual-clutch auto-manual gearbox.

Efficiency
Testing was done over 11 different courses, and the Passat ranked highest in fuel efficiency. Its 2.5 liter engine rated 26.6 mpg, while the diesel averaged 34.3 mpg.

Safety
In addition to the standard array of six airbags, ABS and brake assist, stability control and other safety features, the 2012 set itself apart with its agility and handling, making it better able to avoid accidents.

Value
Volkswagen builds the Passat domestically at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. The result has been that changes in currency values no longer adversely affect pricing. Improved build quality has reduced cost of ownership as well.

Performance of Intended Function
Volkswagen built the Passat to be an affordable, efficient, and spacious mid-size sedan. It succeeds on all points with its value, roomy interior, and high-efficiency line of engines.

Mazda Brings SkyActiv-D Diesel to Canada 2012

The much anticipated SkyActiv-D Diesel from Mazda for 2012 has arrived in Canada, and it was well worth the wait. Born of a revolutionary design that gives it some rather non-diesel-like specs.

To begin with, Mazda claims that the SkyActiv-D engine will boost fuel economy by 20% over the 2.2-liter diesel version currently in service in Europe. Perhaps more significant are its power numbers. The SkyActiv-D diesel makes 165 hp at 4500 rpm, and nearly 340 lb-ft. of torque at only 2000 rpm. Very impressive indeed. Such low compression and high revs were previously unheard of in a production automotive diesel engine.

The upshot of all this is a power curve that brings torque to the wheels throughout the rpm range, whereas traditional diesel-provided torque would typically drop off beyond about 3000 rpm. This lower compression (at 14:1, the lowest of any production diesel currently available) means lower combustion temperatures, which mean more complete, hence cleaner, combustion. In this way, the Mazda SkyActiv-D diesel engine is set to meet North American emissions standards without benefit of a NOx after-treatment system.

Not content to merely re-make their engines, Mazda opted to revamp their transmissions as well. The 6-speed manual transmission has been improved with a shorter throw, for quicker shifts that take full advantage of the SkyActiv-D power band. Technology that provides low-compression, high-rev, economical and clean power is a pretty unbeatable combination.