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Federal Safety and Emissions Standards for Commercial Vehicles are Changing

One of the challenges facing the Federal government in its quest to harmonize safety and emissions requirements for vehicles has been the fact that all of the Provinces have their own legislation in place.

What might pass for a perfectly safe vehicle that doesn’t pollute the environment in one Province could be determined to be an unsafe smog machine in another.

The Ministers of Transport for all the provinces started a project to standardize rules across the country in 1991, with the goal of ensuring the mechanical fitness of all vehicles on the road and to promote highway safety. The project came to the forefront in late 2011, when the Federal government identified the project as a priority, and gathered industry stakeholders and government representatives together to review and standardize procedures between provinces.

There are 1.8 million vehicles that are subject to Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections (PMVI) across the country.

It is expected that the new rules, which are to be imminently released, are going to have a big impact on the commercial transportation industry. The Manitoba safety standards currently in place were created in 1992. It can be said that vehicles of that era have almost as much in common with the horse and buggy as they do with vehicles manufactured today.

At the forefront are new emissions requirements, which Manitoba previously did not regulate. Many operators deliberately disabled pollution control equipment in pursuit of better mileage, and if they can’t return the system to operability before an inspection, they’ll be required to afterward because their vehicles won’t pass.

At IamDIESEL, we’re the Winnipeg area diesel engine experts. You can rest assured that we’re watching these developments closely, so that we’ll be able to work with our customers to provide the solutions they need if and when the new requirements hit the table.

IamDIESEL at Western Turbo is located at 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556

Heavy Duty Diesel or Gas Pickup Truck, Which is Best for You?

Have you been mulling over getting a heavy duty diesel, but you’re just not sure if you should make the switch or not? It’s true, a diesel truck will give you more power and more engine life overall.

There are a number of pros and cons that are dependant upon many factors, from your lifestyle, to your job, to what you do in your leisure time.

If you have friends with diesel pickup trucks, talk to them about their experience and satisfaction with their vehicle. Read this article for more details about the major differences between diesel and gas pickups.

If you have more questions after your read, we’d be happy to answer them!

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.

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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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Everybody wants more for less these days, and that premise is the key to the success of Drive’s Car of Year for 2011, the Mercedes-Benz C250 CDI.

The family-sized Benz has more torque, or pulling power, than a lot of petrol-guzzling V8s, yet it uses less fuel than the average city runabout.

The secret to this impressive balancing act is the diesel engine that lurks beneath its stately bonnet. 

So what makes diesel cars, and our Car of the Year, the Mercedes-Benz C250 CDI, a winning formula?

Well, for a start the C250CDI can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just a tick over seven seconds, which is similar performance to a big six-cylinder petrol engine. Take it out on the freeway and its rolling acceleration will be the equal of many V8s, which makes long-distance cruising and overtaking an effortless exercise.

That is impressive in itself, but when you add the fact that it uses a claimed average of 5.1 litres per 100km – less than the tiny Volkswagen Polo – it is outstanding. The figures help explain why 20 of the 46 vehicles in this year’s awards are diesel powered.

Fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions have become a top priority for every car maker and modern common-rail diesel engines, matched to the latest fuel-saving techno-trickery, are one of the easiest paths to greener motoring.

The Mercedes, and nine other finalists, use stop-start technology to improve fuel consumption in congested cities. When the car is stopped at the lights, the engine switches off to save fuel.

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Volkswagen is fuming over the Obama Administration’s proposal to double auto fuel efficiency, saying the plan unfairly values hybrid and all-electric cars over clean diesel, a technology VW has pioneered.

Volkswagen is committed to continually making fuel efficient vehicles, such as the new mid-size, clean diesel Passat TDI, available to the U.S. market. Built in Chattanooga, TN, the Passat TDI achieves 43 mpg highway and can travel almost 800 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The Obama Administration unveiled a proposed rule that would require automakers to double the average fuel economy of their vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, estimating that the change would add $2,000 to the average price of a car.

The proposal brought howls of protest from automakers who warned the changes would price millions of Americans out of the new-car market, keeping older, less fuel-efficient cars on the road longer.

VW, Europe’s largest automaker and the fastest-growing automaker in the United States, already offers turbodiesel cars, station wagons and SUVs that routinely get nearly 50 miles per gallon on the highway.

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Denso, the Japanese fuel system supplier, says it will achieve common-rail system nozzle pressures as high as 3000bar in the foreseeable future. That implies an ability to start injection later in the cycle, closer to top-dead-centre, together with earlier cut-off, thereby achieving more complete combustion of the fuel, to the benefit of consumption and particulate emissions.

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $50 million for clean diesel projects. These efforts will replace, retrofit or repower more than 8,000 older school buses, trucks, locomotives, vessels, and other diesel-powered machines.

The Air Resources Board today is reminding owners of heavier diesel trucks that they need to act now in order to comply with California’s Truck and Bus regulation, which has its first diesel filter deadlines in January 2012.

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The United States unveiled fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for long-haul trucks, heavy- and medium-duty work trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles requiring mileage improvements of 9 percent to 23 percent, depending on the category.

Looking ahead to 2012, it is unclear whether Congress will continue to fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. National AGC helped its interested chapters win millions in federal funds to support AGC members’ voluntary “retrofit” projects.