Hyundai CEO has serious doubts about diesels in the U.S.

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Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik has serious doubts about the viability of diesel vehicles in the United States. Speaking to Inside Line, Krafcik said that the cost involved with meeting emission standard is one major obstacle for automakers to offer American citizens diesel powered cars.

“To meet the same emissions standards with a diesel, you’re looking at almost two times the variable cost for an OEM,” Krafcik said. “And the aftertreatment is another thousand, 2,000, maybe even 3,000. You’re either adding $6,000 to the price or you’re just doing marketing,” Krafcik explained.

Krafcik also pointed out that diesel engines will have a tough time making it in the U.S. as gasoline engines become more fuel-efficient with the use of direct-injection and more efficient turbocharging technology.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Straightline