I can understand why. The largest segment of the buying public, those of us that grew up with the noisy, dirty, messy, cantankerous, foul smelling behemoths of the 70’s and 80’s have trouble believing that they could be refined enough to be used for daily transportation. You could tell that a diesel was coming blocks away with all of the rattling that they do. They were laborious on acceleration and about the only thing that they were good for was pulling a heavy load and running the freeways. Right or wrong, that's our perception.
Things have changed. I’ve been over to the UK a couple of times in the past few years and there are some sweet running, quiet diesels over there from many different manufacturers. Now if they would get the emissions worked out we could have something that used half the amount of fuel, has quick acceleration and meets the mileage standards that the Feds are going to impose on all of the manufacturers.
Most of these “improved” diesels are in the foreign markets because they simply don’t have to pass the same pollution standards as N.A.
Artificial intelligence is no substitute for natural stupidity
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