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Old 02-27-2008, 01:11 PM
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Diesels have some hurdles to overcome with consumer acceptance here in the US. I think part of the problem is that a lot of us are old enough to remember the previous attempts to put a small diesel engine in autos and light trucks. The "diesel bunny" (VW Rabbit) back in the 80s was pretty bad and so were a lot of GM's diesels that that company put in light trucks. The concept is sound enough, but only the heavy duty engines manufactured for the big rigs seem to be really worth a **** and that seems to hold pretty much true even today from what I've heard from current diesel owners. These folks are forever going on about how great their diesels are and then in the next sentence they launch into a litany of apologies for "the few" repairs their vehicles have had.

And then there are issues with the "smell" (a complaint from a former Mercedes diesel owner who now owns a Prius). The inconvenience of purchasing fuel, the waiting times in cold temps at start up/glow plugs, etc. No one wants to mess with that s**t except certain guys who are diehards for the technology.
So basically you are saying the US can't keep up with Europeans who switched over in droves to diesel in the last 8+years?
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:36 AM
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So basically you are saying the US can't keep up with Europeans who switched over in droves to diesel in the last 8+years?

They switched because of the price of fuel. Do that here and we would switch too. We would also stop demanding vehicles with so much power. And size.

So if you can figure out a way to change the fuel prices, then let everyone know. People have been trying to figure out how to do that for years.
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An update: it seems PSA abandons the hybrid diesel for now. (Link in french but you get the picture. Title says: "rest in piece".)

http://www.leblogauto.com/2008/02/ps...-hybrides.html
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Not a very good translation, here is their source:

http://world.altavista.com/babelfish...%2f4689125.htm

It looks like the absence of a subsidy for the development killed the program.

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Old 04-02-2008, 02:31 AM
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An update: it seems PSA abandons the hybrid diesel for now. (Link in french but you get the picture. Title says: "rest in piece".)

http://www.car-stuff.com
What kind of auto body part do they use so that an ordinary vehicle could be compatible for hybrid or any alternattive fuels??
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:03 AM
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Diesels have some hurdles to overcome with consumer acceptance here in the US. I think part of the problem is that a lot of us are old enough to remember the previous attempts to put a small diesel engine in autos and light trucks. The "diesel bunny" (VW Rabbit) back in the 80s was pretty bad and so were a lot of GM's diesels that that company put in light trucks. The concept is sound enough, but only the heavy duty engines manufactured for the big rigs seem to be really worth a **** and that seems to hold pretty much true even today from what I've heard from current diesel owners. These folks are forever going on about how great their diesels are and then in the next sentence they launch into a litany of apologies for "the few" repairs their vehicles have had.

And then there are issues with the "smell" (a complaint from a former Mercedes diesel owner who now owns a Prius). The inconvenience of purchasing fuel, the waiting times in cold temps at start up/glow plugs, etc. No one wants to mess with that s**t except certain guys who are diehards for the technology.
I don't think it is fair to compary the 'diesel bunny' in 80's to diesels today.
I drove an 85 VW Golf Diesel for 6 years and averaged ~44mpg. Yes it was loud and shaked like a washing machine during cold startups but diesels have greater improved over the past couple decades due to advanced electronic ignition systems. The only electrical devices my 85 Golf diesel used were glow plugs and a fuel solenoid used to shut the engine off. I had very few maintenance issues with the engine. Engine wise, I only had to replace the glow plus a couple times and replace the head gasket and that was over the couse of over 200k miles. Reliability of the rest of the car was a different story that I won't get into...to sum it up I'll never own a vw again.

TDI's are much quieter, glow plugs turn on immediately when the drivers door is opened. Hopefully US drivers will get out of their comfort zone and give diesels a try again....they've come a long way since the 'diesel bunny' of the 80's.
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:53 AM
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They switched because of the price of fuel. Do that here and we would switch too. We would also stop demanding vehicles with so much power. And size.

So if you can figure out a way to change the fuel prices, then let everyone know. People have been trying to figure out how to do that for years.
The European vehicles have to meet a CO2 emmission standard--not fuel efficiency standard. Diesels emitt less CO2 but have emitted significantly more NOx. This explains part of the reason diesels are more plentiful in Europe.
Note: the EU CO2 emmission standard is based upon a driving test that is simpler in form, easier to score higher fuel efficiency rating than the EPA test conducted in this country.
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:03 AM
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Articles in the London Times might also explain the loss of interest in Hybrid Diesels.

http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol...cle3552994.ece

The 520d is 30% more expensive than the Prius and is rated within 85% of the fuel economy. Not to mention their test showed the diesel besting the Prius.

I have rented several diesels on vacations to Europe. Most were vans (Fiats!!), but the only BMW was a 530td back in 2002. We observed ~35MPG (US) driving it 1400 miles. FWIW, that was in Ireland which doesn't have much in terms of highways. So that was mostly backroad driving by US standards.
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Not a very good translation, here is their source:


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Actually a quite hilarious translation:

"PSA Peugeot Citroen altered in-depth its project of diesel hybrid car, to make it élitiste. The manufacturer even claqué the door of ex-Arranges Industrial Innovation"

"the next hybrid vehicles diesel will not be any more the "diesels of Mr. All-the-World"

"the play is from now on large open between this solution or the lithium-ion"

"PSA Peugeot Citroen thus preferred to throw sponge to continue to develop only a vehicle"

Funny translations aside, what one can gather from this article was that Peugeot was expecting a substantial French government subsidy. When the the European Union regulators got a wind of this, they immediately objected, (most likely because the automakers from other EU countries complained of an unfair competitive advantage) and threatened to investigate.

Peugeot, faced with litigation from the Brussels bureaucreats , decided to "throw the sponge" on a mass marketed diesel-hybrid, and focus instead on a luxury D-H car.
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:50 AM
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FWIW, it appears that there are a number of diesel hybrid concept cars. Two notable ones are a 70 MPG VW Rabbit/Golf and a 40 MPG BMW X-5.

http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/06/auto...ion=2008030715

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...TO01/803040452

The CNN article is an interesting read. Can't tell if the author dislikes diesels, hybrids or both. He seems to point out the negatives for each.
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