To the Editor:
Great column by Keith Crain ("Let's quit stalling on diesels," July 17). I have a Lincoln Navigator, purchased in 2005. I would have purchased a diesel-powered unit if it had been available.
The company I work with has many trucks. The gasoline-powered half-ton and three-quarter-ton trucks get midteens mpg. The Duramax diesels get high-teens mpg. Not a lot of difference.
But we have been purchasing Dodge Sprinter E/W five-cylinder Mercedes engines more recently. Those trucks have great power and are getting 23-24 mpg doing the same job as the other trucks. That makes you think diesel.
I'd sure like to see General Motors and Ford come back and compete with diesels.