I had the displeasure of reading Keith Crain's Jan. 27 column, "Diesels in American Cars? Ridiculous." I own a Volkswagen Golf TDI, and I live in America. As one who benefits from the advantages of diesel, I disagree with Crain.
He said: "Diesel fuel costs more than gasoline." I live in Maryland. The cost of diesel fuel is between that of unleaded and premium, depending on diesel grade.
He opined that "the downside of fewer fuel stations * overshadows the improved fuel economy." I never have trouble finding fuel.
I've had gasser cars getting 25/35mpg (city/highway) and trucks with large fuel tanks. I remember thinking, "Do I need to fill up?" "Am I going to run out?" "Should I fill up on the way to work or on the way home?" I don't think about that anymore. I just drive.
Crain scoffed at "the idea that millions of Americans are waiting for diesel engines in their passenger cars." According to a J.D. Power and Associates report, 22 percent of survey respondents say they "definitely will" look at clean diesel for their next car.
Crain stated that diesel cars in the United States don't make sense. They don't offer as much incentive as in other countries, but they do offer considerably lower fuel expenses and reduced importation of foreign oil. Americans ARE ready for diesel in ALL forms of personal transportation. Unfortunately, they are misinformed of the advantages because people like Crain fill their heads with nonsense.