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GM delays innovative new diesel truck engine

http://www.autonews.com/article/20090218/ANA02/902189951

No one here has talked about the difference in emission regulations between US and Europe. Thre are other reasons why diesel engines aren't widespread over here other than management blunders.

The US has a diesel engine pollution regulation in particulants per mile driven for vehicles below 8600 GVW.. It doesn't take too many brains to figure out that an 8 cylinder diesel engine, on average, would put out twice as many particulants than a four cylinder diesel engine.

To get under the standard in most cases requires a high level of emission control technology ($$$), limiting sales volumes -- no matter how nice the engine would be.

And yet, if you wanted to cut the country's oil dependency, you'd want to replace the gas guzzling V8's with diesel V8's.

Just our government in action folks!

Let's hope Obama's automotive task force addresses these and other issues.

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