Originally Posted by jinstall
The Cruze was announced about 7 months ago.
Ford announced the 3.2 and 2.0 diesels 2 months ago.
Pretty much ANY car exported from the US has a diesel option. 99% of all Chrysler products, including Jeep, offer at least one if not 2 diesel engine options.
As for the hybrid folks, hybrids are a hazardous waste accident ready to happen, not to mention the eco footprint to develop them is far beyond eco-friendly. No emergancy services require special training for normal gasoline-diesel engine vehicles, hybrids on the other hand do.
Diesel has no special properties making it especially attractive for passenger car propulsion. It's just another option that USA consumers have little interest in pursuing. Diesels are finding their way into american econoboxes simply because GM and Ford are finally producing true world cars (common vehicular platforms to sell worldwide). I applaud that. If they export 50K diesel Cruze cars to Asia, this allows them to sell a few thousand here to people like you without creating financial losses. However make no mistake, this change in marketing strategy does not mean demand for domestic diesel passenger cars is growing sharply or this is some fix for eco problems. It only means domestics can now OFFER a very low quantity of diesel world cars cars here without losing money
BECAUSE they are recouping the diesel car R&D costs thru export sales.
Ecologists and reputable, independent scientific organizations rate today's clean diesel, hybrid and gas cars of similar size about equal on the eco scale. This takes into account risk of chemical accidents, battery manufacturing, end-of-life retirement, emissions per mile and responsible recycling. I'll defer to experts in the field, thank you. Hybrid battery chemicals are offsetting pollutants you are more familiar with such as carbon particulate and poisonous combustive gasses. The fact that we're more familiar with diesels and cigarettes does not make them safer. All electric vehicles are a bit less clear since they may be powered by fossil, natural gas or nuclear depending upon the source of electric power.
A huge disparity in eco value is seen when comparing light weight econobox transportation to inefficient 5000lb luxoboat AWD SUV's with modest seating capacity, huge tires, tall roof line, poor coeficient of drag and massive V8 engine. If you want to pick something to be concerned about from an environmental standpoint, maybe a twin turbo V12 Mercedes sedan or 500HP SUV with seating capacity for 5 would qualify? These hogs use the fuel of 5 hybrids and pollutes about 5x more and despite leather seat covering, easily contain 3x more synthetic material.