Here’s what Bob Lutz has to say on diesel engines, the possibilities for the US market and the future:
OK. Digested that?
Here’s my humble blogger’s point of view, free of the need to protect a job or company interest.
You could feel the buttocks pushing as soon as he said “here’s the truth on diesels”.
Bob goes on to have a cry about emissions standards and costs that consumers won’t be willing to pay – blah blah blah. He even goes so far to say that diesel won’t likely be a 50-state solution in the US. Finally, and somewhat dismissively, GM will introduce a diesel V6 or light trucks and SUVs and maybe even passenger cars but diesel won’t be the efficient engine of the future.
I’ll give you all a short and sharp opinion from my admittedly uneducated standpoint and you can make up your own minds in comments.
GM is screwed on diesels in the US because they ignored so much of Europe for so long. Other companies have been investing in diesel for years whereas GM concentrated on the low-hanging fruit. They’ve likely only got a good passenger car diesel in Europe now becuase of a failed venture with Fiat that allowed them access to the 1.9 as a keepsake.
Bob touts the coming developments in gasoline engine technology as virtually closing the gap between gasoline and diesel completely without considering what advances are yet to come in diesel technology.
Emissions-compliant diesel probably isn’t easy to do. But the reasons GM are going to be out of this market aren’t the fault of the regulators. It’s because GM had their heads up their own self-obsessed cakeholes and didn’t read the wind. And now the Germans, so easily dismissed in the intro, will have yet another marketing and sales advantage. They’ve been doing them for years and the leap is not anywhere near as large.
GM’s tossed virtually all of their eggs into the E-Flex basket. It better be a lot more substantial than just a fancy-bodied car that barely goes.