Seminar attendees talk about a comeback for diesels in U.S.

The diesel engine offers perhaps the quickest and most affordable way for automakers to improve the fuel economy of vehicles.

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But tough emissions regulations and other factors have stalled the diesel in the U.S. market. We asked attendees at the Management Briefing Seminars about the future of the diesel engine in North America.

Charlie Eggerding, senior vice president, Corie Inc.: "Diesels had their shot; they are going to stay in trucks. I don't think the consumer likes the noise or performance of a diesel. Gasoline-powered hybrid vehicles are coming into their own."

Larry Burns, vice president of research and development, General Motors: "If opportunities for diesel engines present themselves, we can take advantage of them. We want a regulatory environment that doesn't take that option off the table."

David Hodgson, vice president of supply operations, DaimlerChrysler: "It's the improved technology of the diesel engine that provides better fuel economy, better emissions and reduced engine noise. The trend in the future will be for increased fuel prices, which will make diesel engines more attractive. Because of the technology and the price of fuel, there will be an increase in demand for diesels in North America."

You can reach Richard Truett at rtruett@crain.com

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