There seems to be a quiet transformation going on in the Canadian auto industry as people are shifting toward diesel products.

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t receive emails from the public asking about the availability of more diesel vehicles here in Canada. Many ask why cars found in other parts of the world are not available here. The answer is very simple. North America has the strictest emissions laws in the world for diesel passenger vehicles.

As it stands, the only passenger vehicles that are offered with diesel engines come from Germany.

VW, Audi, BMW and Mercedes have invested heavily in clean diesel technology, allowing them to sell their products in North America. Every one of these German companies is selling diesels in record numbers, in most cases their diesels outsell their gasoline counterparts, especially when it comes to SUVs. …….

There are several advantages to buying a diesel over the base V6 gasoline model. First is the fuel savings advantage, which is significant, compared to many mid-sized SUV’s. The TDI is rated at 11.1L/100km in the city and just 7L on the highway, and in mixed city and highway use I was able to get 9.7L/100km over a two-week period — pretty impressive. The second, and arguably the icing on the cake, is the improved drivability of the TDI. The 406 lbs.-ft. of torque helps propel this big SUV from traffic light to traffic light with absolute ease, and cruising on the highway is bliss. The new Touareg is also lighter, making manoeuvring a snap, and the optional sports suspension now makes the Touareg an alternative to buying many of the more expensive German SUVs. The new 8-speed automatic transmission shifts very quickly, or the driver can choose a sport mode or manual option for more control. All Touareg’s come standard with AWD….