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The Case for Diesel: Clean, Efficient, Fast Cars (Hybrids Beware!)

Is 2008 the year of the diesel?  (probably more like 2009).

Most Americans have a bad impression of diesel cars. We think of them as loud, hard to start and foul-smelling. We sneer at them for lacking the get-up-and-go of their gasoline-powered cousins. And we dislike them for their perceived environmental sins, chiefly the polluting brew of sulfur and nitrogen compounds that they emit into the atmosphere. All those complaints were fair a generation ago, when the twin energy crises of the 1970s propelled diesels into national popularity and kept them there for a decade. Back then, many drivers ignored diesel’s faults, or were unaware of them, because diesel cars ran 30 percent farther on a gallon of fuel than similar gasoline-powered cars. It felt savvy to buy a diesel, even daring. Then fuel prices dropped in the mid-1980s, and drivers abandoned their clattering, odoriferous fuel sippers. They went back to gasoline.

Wow…no more muscles, because they cannout figure out 45 MPG?

(I should preface this by saying I’m a huge car/motorcycle guy. And even more so – a VW fanboy)

Autoblog green posted an article called “Corvette’s chief engineer: CAFE will make muscle cars an “endangered species” talks of an end to muscle cars because of recent legislation from the US Government.

GM, the parent company of Corvette, would have to make a 45 MPG car, explains Tadge, to offset supercars.

The comment reads to me like 45 MPG is some over-the-top “magic” number. Have they heard of Volkswagen’s Passat? (Here is a 2005 “Test Drive” report.) This car gets 30 city/45 highway…this is no Honda Insight, this is a REAL 5 passenger car with a trunk.

We’ve got to quit thinking about what we can’t do and more about what do we need to do. Flip back to their post from a October 27th, 2007 – 1959 Licoln Diesel.