GM to Bring More Diesel Cars to the U.S.
European automakers are making a huge push to introduce diesel cars to the U.S., but so far, American companies have shied away from this market. But this may soon change, as General Motors announced it will introduce more diesel models in the future. Introduced for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel became the first diesel car ever produced by an American automaker. GM also makes a diesel powertrain for select Chevrolet and GMC heavy-duty pickup trucks. The all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon small trucks will receive 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engines by 2016. But Steve Kiefer, GM’s vice president of global powertrain, said that additional diesels won't be limited to just trucks. “The Chevrolet Cruze diesel will be the first of many diesel-powered passenger cars General Motors will offer in the United States,” Kiefer said at the recent 2014 Management Briefing Seminars. Perhaps GM will introduce a Malibu Diesel to compete with the upcoming Mazda6 Diesel. The automaker may also choose to introduce diesel engines on full-size pickups or SUVs. While we might not know exactly which models will debut, GM hinted at a timeline for the whole process. Kiefer said that diesel car and trucks could account for 10 percent of the market in the U.S. by 2020, meaning that some of these changes will come sooner rather than later. Source: Automotive News
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