Posts from ‘Diesel Cars’
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD SLT Crew Short Box
Class: Compact Pickup Truck
Miles Driven: 253
Fuel Used: 10.2 gallons
Fun fact: In 1980, Consumer Guide road tested seven different diesel-powered vehicles. Turns out those cars were the seven slowest vehicles we tested that year.
Despite the fact that the famous brand has been around since the 1940s, Jaguar has devolved into somewhat of a “forgotten” premium make in recent years. Part of that stemmed from a lack of product diversity, something the company is working hard to correct.
Class: Premium Midsize SUV
Miles Driven: 205
Fuel Used: 8.8 gallons
Class: Large Pickup Trucks
Dates tested: 3/7/2016 – 3/14/2016
Miles Driven: 349
Fuel Used: 22.7 gallons
Volkswagen today announced a “Customer Goodwill Package” available to current U.S. owners of TDI diesel vehicles affected by the emissions-rigging scandal. Presented here is the text announcing the package as found on Volkswagen’s vwdieselinfo.com website. Note that a fix for affected vehicles has not yet been announced. Affected are all 2.0-liter TDI vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada since 2009.
When Chevrolet re-introduced its Colorado compact pickup for 2015, the company announced the intention to offer a diesel engine within a year. And it has kept that promise, despite the fact that gas prices are low (and many experts expect them to remain that way for the foreseeable future), which tends to make thriftier but more expensive diesels less attractive from a sales standpoint.
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4 EcoDiesel
Class: Midsize Crossover
Dates tested: 9/14/2015 – 9/21/2015
Miles Driven: 363
Fuel Used: 15.4 gallons
If you’ve been in this industry long enough, you’ve met a number of manufacturer PR and engineering folks who actually believe in what they’re doing. Typically, these earnest people are fortunate enough to be working on heritage or green projects.
Diesel engines are pretty cool. Unlike conventional gasoline engines, diesel engines don’t use spark plugs, igniting fuel instead using super-high temperatures developed by compressing the air/fuel mixture. That high-temperature combustion contributes to a cleaner, more efficient burn of the fuel.