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.
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.
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.
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.