Keith Crain's myopic condemnation of diesels in passenger cars ("Diesels in American cars? Ridiculous," Jan. 27) is appalling.
The Volkswagen TDI, as an example, is quiet and quick and delivers 50 mpg and close to that when loaded and with an automatic transmission.
General Motors' nightmare offering in the late 1970s and early 1980s is ancient (and bad ) history. Perhaps a test drive by Crain is in order.
Corporate average fuel economy could be improved greatly if the choice were at least offered to those who would like to break the mpg trend currently in vogue with SUVs and other large vehicles.
I am an ASE-certified automotive instructor and use Automotive News as a source for our weekly article review assignments. Crain's shortsighted column will be this week's assignment.