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Diesel Engines Becoming Increasingly Popular in the U.S.

Vehicles equipped with diesel engines are becoming more popular as American consumers are looking for more fuel-efficient vehicles, and maybe aren’t thrilled with the prospect of buying an electric or hybrid car. Diesel engines are about 30 to 35 percent more fuel-efficient than a similar-sized gasoline engine, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. They also produce a lot more torque than gas engines, making them feel faster and more powerful. “Surveys show the proportion of American car shoppers willing ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, BMW 3 Series, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Diesel engines, diesel

Mazda Bringing Diesel Engine to U.S.

Mazda is planning to bring its Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. in early 2013, but the automaker hasn’t said which vehicle it will be offered in. The diesel engine will be available in Japan in the new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. While we don’t know what sort of fuel economy estimates a diesel-powered CX-5 would get from the EPA, some preliminary data is available. “Equipped with an idling-stop system, the Skyactiv-D 2.2 in the CX-5 ... continue reading»

Tags: Mazda3, Model News, Diesel engines, Mazda6, Mazda CX 5, Skyactiv

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Diesel Vehicles for Fuel Leak

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 6,872 diesel vehicles because of a potential fuel leak. “The diesel fuel filter may leak from the area around the heating component,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. Affected vehicles include certain 2011 E-Class, 2011 GL-Class, 2011 ML-Class, 2011 R-Class and 2012 S-Class models. The diesel fuel could leak near the heat source or leak onto the road. “This could lead to a crash or cause a fire in the presence of an ignition source ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Mercedes Benz E Class, Mercedes Benz GL, Mercedes Benz R Class, Mercedes Benz S Class, Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG, Model News, Diesel engines

BMW M5 Gets a Diesel Engine

The BMW M5 will reportedly get a high-powered diesel engine. “BMW will introduce a new high-performance diesel-powered 5-Series model next spring that will expand the German maker’s vaunted M division … with the triple-turbo V-8 oil-burner set to also be used in a variety of other BMW products, likely including its X-series sport-activity vehicles,” The Detriot Bureau, who first broke the news, reports. According to the publication, the M5 diesel is likely to get an unusual name: the BMW 550dM ... continue reading»

Tags: BMW M5, Model News, Diesel engines

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