If you remember the post we made earlier this July of GM’s Bob Lutz answering questions that visitors of GM’s FastLane Blog have been asking. GM decided shoot video of a few minutes of Bob answering some of the questions visitors have been asking on FastLane recently. Well here is part three and Bob Lutz speaks about diesels in the US.
While you can clearly tell from the video that Lutz is not a fan of diesels, GM will be offering diesel engines in its Cadillac and Saturn lineup by 2010. GM has two diesel engines in the works, including a 4.5 liter V8 due in 2010 for pickups, crossovers and SUVs and a 2.9 liter V6 that in the 2009 Cadillac CTS also due in 2010.
However, Lutz assures us that diesels are not the “home-free” solution for a fuel-efficient vehicle. He says that with the modified diesel engines following the US Bin 5 Tier II standards, diesels will only see a 12 to 15 percent improvement over gasoline engines. According to Lutz, diesels will be tremendously expensive, will have only a minimal advantage over gasoline engines and will not be available in all 50 states.
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