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Sep 17, 2013 11:57PM
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I often just shake my head when I consider the government regulations and bad stigma that diesel technology receives in the USA. It's as though there is some hidden agenda to the promotion of unproven new technology found in electric cars, instead of providing Americans the option of selecting tried-and-true diesel technology that can be more efficient than electric power when one also considers durability or longevity. The disappearance of a manual transmission option is another USA blunder, in my opinion.

 

I'm willing to try hybrid technology in the USA, but only if it's paired with a diesel engine and manual transmission, so maximum efficiency is achieved.

Sep 17, 2013 11:14PM
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The USA sucks when it comes to allowing consumers to purchase good cars. I recently purchased a new Volvo XC60 AWD, but since I planned on bringing it home with me I was stuck getting one of the engines that get less than 25MPG. The Diesel version gets 38MPG and is sold everywhere else in the world. BMW, Audi, Ford, General Motors, etc. all make some really nice cars with exceptional fuel economy over here in Europe that cannot be sold at home. Also, since my Volvo is built to American Specs, the speed is limited to only 131MPH. So occasionally I get passed on the autobahns.
Sep 18, 2013 4:08AM
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Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chevrolet, all have Diesel trucks getting much higher MPG's in Europe, Asia, Brazil,etc. NOT HERE !  Hard to believe that a Tacoma, Frontier, Ranger, and Colorado Diesels are not in the market here. You would think one of them would lead the way being able to brag about the highest MPG truck !
Sep 18, 2013 6:34AM
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Should have been titled "Station wagons we can't have".
Sep 18, 2013 6:34AM
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we are too fat and would not fit in the car/
Sep 18, 2013 4:31AM
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Matthew de Paula, it's ironic that these are supposedly "cars we want but can't have" and that many of them are "sexy wagons we're unfairly denied." If Americans wanted & demanded station wagons, you certainly understand we'd be getting them. But most everyone wants & thinks he needs an SUV....we're not even willing to call a station wagon a station wagon....such as the very sensible Camry wagon, a/k/a Toyota Venza. These are versatile vehicles that drive exactly as well as their sedan versions, yet can bring home all the goods from Ikea. Wake up, American drivers.
Sep 18, 2013 12:06AM
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Oh, Europe! Three steps ahead of America. Here stuck with the Oil Addiction, thirsty big SUV's, big horned trucks in the cities, overcrowded one-passenger highways who refuse to give not even one day a week off for commuting. Because, big/unsecured (not necessarily) people got to "haul" (sometimes nothing) around town every day(?). Those exotic machines are not meant for them anyway but why the rest of us can enjoy them?
Sep 30, 2013 4:13PM
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I believe there is an agenda, but not to further promote electric vehicles, it's to control the demand for

oil.  More diesel powered cars and light duty trucks equal a significant drop in the demand for oil.

 

In 2007 the EPA tightened the standards for diesel emissions not to give us clean air but  to bow to

pressure from oil money.

 

The pollution from electric vehicles has not yet been realized. In the future the pollution from the spent batteries of technology will be something similar to the Hanford Nuclear sites massive waste problem.

Sep 23, 2013 1:08PM
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I own a "true rock climbing"  Wrangler JK gas driven.  I got it so I can go to remote places to camp, explore and hike with the grandkids.

For 10-20 thousand dollars I could refit a Diesel engine.

The gas model gets a maximum 17mpg at about 55mph.  The range is substantially lower in 4 wheel drive.  The 3.0 is available in a Liberty, only.   The JK group is waiting and has been waiting for years for Chrysler to catch up with the foreign cars.  I can't import one.  Nor can I import Benz Diesels.

We have a 2007 Mercedes "SUV Diesel".....we get in excess of 32 miles to the gallon!  And it has Great Torque for acceleration...but alas...it does not go 135 mph....why are we saddled with restrictions on models....VW has diesels, but we can't get Mercedes diesel models to the US.

The Nafta/Gafta restrictions?  Who is getting screwed still by GMC? (etc.) . Good thing our airplanes aren't built by them. 

Sep 17, 2013 11:28PM
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OK, so the only thing I don't know about these cars is why they aren't going to be sold in the US. Maybe that's because I'm not a car maven, but still, it would have been nice to see it in print.
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