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Diesel Passenger Vehicles Making A Comeback

O VER THE YEARS, AMERICANS and Europeans have been worlds apart when it comes to diesel vehicles. Diesel passenger vehicles have popular in Europe for years, and the become increasingly more each year. In fact, according to a survey performed by Eurocarprice.com and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, diesel car sales in Europe are on pace to exceed gasoline car sales in 2006. Even in the United Kingdom, which has the highest diesel fuel prices in Europe, gasoline-fueled car sales 11 percent last year while diesel-fueled car sales increased by more than 7 percent.

In America, diesel passenger vehicles have traditionally been a tough sell, with many Americans harboring negative impressions of diesel vehicles as being noisy, polluting and foul-smelling. However, industry experts predict a dramatic comeback for diesel passenger vehicles in America. According to TechnoMetrica, diesel vehicles may eventually become as common in the United States as they are in Europe, and J D Power and Associates projects diesel sales to nearly triple in the United States over the next decade, accounting for more than 10 percent of US vehicle sales by 2015.

Diesel technology has come a long way since the 1970's, and stringent new federal diesel emissions requirements take effect in 2007. As the 2006 model year expires, most of the year's diesel vehicle models will be discontinued, giving way to a new generation of diesel engines designed to not only meet stringent federal clean air requirements, but also to be as quiet and odor-free as gasoline engines, increase fuel economy by 25 to 40 percent and provide enough torque to satisfy American drivers.

A significant breakthrough in this new era of clean diesel technology was this year's introduction of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel. Sulfur is a key element to particulate formation, and ULSD eliminates 97 percent of pollution-causing sulfur. While present diesel passenger vehicles can be sold in all states except California, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, automakers plan to take advantage of new ULSD fuel and advances in diesel technology to create diesel engines that meet the pollution requirements in all 50 states.

Automakers are developing different pollution-reducing technologies for future diesel passenger vehicle models. For example, DaimlerChrysler and General Motors plan to introduce engines that inject urea into the cylinders during combustion. Honda, on the other hand, recently announced the development of a new catalytic converter that significantly reduces nitrogen oxide (NO2).

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