Diesels are 30 to 40 per cent more fuel-efficient than gas engines of comparable performance and diesels are ideal for the driver who hauls or tows because they deliver loads of torque or twisting force at the wheels where it counts.
And for the driver wants range, who wants to minimize fill-ups, a tank of diesel typically will take you 1,000-1,200 km.
Unfortunately, most of the diesels passenger vehicles in Canada are pretty pricey. The Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec, for instance, starts at $58,900. So the ML diesel is not inexpensive and, outside of Volkswagen, that’s the story with all the diesel passenger vehicles sold in Canada. Fortunately, other auto makers are poised to join the diesel parade.
Mazda will market a SkyActiv diesel in 2012 and Chevrolet has announced plans to introduce a diesel version of the Cruze compact in North America. Affordable diesels are coming to the mass market here in Canada and down in the United States.
The age of diesels for the masses in North America is almost here.