The high cost of emissions compliance and some nervousness about the size of the market for it are the prime reasons why GM’s great Euro-diesel engine isn’t available in the US.
It’s not the first time it’s been mentioned on this site, but it’s consistent with previous commentary and it’s the first mention I could find quickly. This is 1985 Gripen back in May this year:
If you can get the same diesel engine in a Saturn, Chevy, Pontiac, and SAAB it might be worth it to GM to invest the expense required to develop a 50-state emissions compliant diesel engine.
And this is from an Automobile News article emailed to me by Wulf:
General Motors views corn-based E85 ethanol as the technologically easiest solution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the United States and reducing oil dependency. GM also is working to bring diesel engines to U.S. cars in the near future.
“We’re hedging our bets for the U.S. market,” said Bob Lutz, GM’s vice chairman of global product development, here at the Frankfurt auto show today. “We have the gravest of doubts that diesels are the solution. But we’re forging ahead anyway just in case they become easily fathomable or the cost of the hardware drops or with the fuel economy some of the extreme emissions regulations get lowered.”
GM will borrow from its lineup of small diesel engines used in its European brands for U.S. cars, but Lutz would not give a time frame for their introduction.
And further to that, there’s this from Motor Authority, as emailed to me by David W.
Speaking to Auto Motor und Sport, GM CEO revealed that he would like to see more Opel diesel models head over to the US where they could be re-badged as Saturns. While he may seem overly optimistic, the GM Chief is aware of the negative preconceived image of diesel-powered cars held by many Americans and acknowledges the fuel costs roughly the same as petrol in the US, unlike Europe where it’s often the cheaper of the two.
Despite this, Wagoner believes the benefits of diesel is too strong and, following the launch of several diesel Saturns, other GM brands such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Saab will also offer diesels in the US.
There has GOT to be a way to get that TTiD engine into the US market. It’a a killer. These articles give a ray of hope.