Bob Lutz was down on diesel the other day, but he also said that a diesel would be coming to the US for light duty trucks and bigger passenger vehicles some time in the near future. I’ve been saying GM should have been prepared for diesel in the US for ages now.
And it seems they’ve taken a concrete step in that direction.
News services are reporting that GM have agreed to purchase a 50% stake in VM Motori. This is from Edmunds:
General Motors will buy 50 percent of VM Motori of Italy, a maker of diesel engines that is the property of Penske Corporation, in a joint venture agreement. GM had announced this spring that it would develop a new 2.9-liter V6 turbodiesel engine with VM Motori. The engine is slated to make its debut in the 2009 Cadillac CTS.
I know a lot of you American types are still sceptical about whether diesel will ever take off there. I’m pretty sure it will.
And I’m pretty sure that VM Motori already build the 1.9 litre unit used in the Saab diesels in Europe and Australia. Pleae let me know if I’m wrong. I was.
Every diesel story I cover makes me think again of that sweet TTiD…….