POSTCARD FROM SPAIN
I arrived in Seville intending to take the train from there to Granada for a visit to the Alhambra, one of Europe's most stunning palaces.
Walking outside the airport terminal, I discovered there was a taxi drivers' strike. So I rented a Peugeot 206 diesel hatchback.
Driving my little Peugeot, I fit into the scenery in Spain. This is diesel country. Diesel registrations have climbed every year in Spain. In 1992, 16.6 percent of new-car registrations were for diesel engines. Last year, that number soared to 55 percent.
Diesels have some clear advantages. They burn less fuel per kilometer. They require less maintenance. And in many European countries, Spain included, diesel fuel is cheaper than gasoline.
The TDCI had excellent passing power, and I felt absolute confidence on the narrow twisty roads of Andalucia. It is time for some countries with negative attitudes toward diesels - most prominently Japan, the United Kingdom and United States - to re-examine those attitudes. They are missing out on a performance revolution.