For those that read my blog often, you know how much of a diesel advocate I am. Last year I predicted a 10-15% growth in U.S. diesel sales and that now looks to be true. Bosch, a major supplier of diesel motor parts recently announced an estimated 15% increase in diesel sales in the states over the next 7 years.
My friends are always amazed when I share the fact that over 50% of the vehicles sold in Europe are diesel. It shouldn't be a surprise as diesels are far more advanced today than ever. Gale Banks CEO of Gale Banks Engineering stated "With clean diesel power, drivers can have approximately 30% better fuel economy and 50% more torque, as well as reduce emissions by up to 25%, when compared to gasoline-powered passenger car engines," Banks explained. "With clean diesel, no longer are fuel economy and performance mutually exclusive."
Unfortunately there are a handful of diesel owner's that keep the fear of diesel strong. They attempt to gain torque and horsepower without properly tuning the engine. The end result of this action is the familiar cloud of smoke when you see them "get on it" as we say. I promise that thanks to such programs as Bluetec, many of today's diesels are cleaner than gasoline powered engines. Keep an eye on VW for the TDI which boasts anywhere from 47-52mpg on average.
Food for thought,