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Diesel Mileage: 1989 – 1997

The selection of domestically produced diesel vehicles shrank through the late eighties and into the nineties. Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen were the only automakers to sell diesel-powered passenger cars in America during this period, with the Jetta, Golf and Passat delivering chart-topping mileage. While American automakers continued to build a range of light diesel pickup trucks, diesel vans, and a smattering of diesel SUVs, the writing was clearly on the wall.

Diesel Mileage: 1989 – 1997

Year Manufacturer Model Engine Disp Fuel Trans City Hwy
1997 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1997 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1997 CHEVROLET K1500 TAHOE 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1997 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1997 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1997 GMC K1500 YUKON 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1997 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 DIESEL 6 cyl 3.0 liter D (L5) Auto 26 33
1997 VOLKSWAGEN Golf/GTI 4 cyl 1.9 liter D (M5) Manual 40 49
1997 VOLKSWAGEN Jetta 4 cyl 1.9 liter D (M5) Manual 40 49
1997 VOLKSWAGEN Passat 4 cyl 1.9 liter D (M5) Manual 38 47
1997 VOLKSWAGEN Passat Wagon 4 cyl 1.9 liter D (M5) Manual 38 47
1996 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1996 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1996 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 19
1996 CHEVROLET K1500 TAHOE 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1996 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1996 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1996 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 19
1996 GMC K1500 YUKON 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1996 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 DIESEL 6 cyl 3.0 liter D (A4) Auto 28 35
1996 VOLKSWAGEN Golf/GTI 4 cyl 1.9 liter D (M5) Manual 41 49
1996 VOLKSWAGEN Jetta 4 cyl 1.9 liter D (M5) Manual 41 49
1996 VOLKSWAGEN Passat 4 cyl 1.9 liter D (M5) Manual 37 45
1996 VOLKSWAGEN Passat Wagon 4 cyl 1.9 liter D (M5) Manual 37 45
1995 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1995 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1995 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 19 23
1995 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1995 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 19
1995 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 19 23
1995 CHEVROLET G10/20 SPORTVAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1995 CHEVROLET G10/20 VAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 21
1995 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1995 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 16 19
1995 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1995 CHEVROLET K1500 TAHOE 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 14 17
1995 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 16 19
1995 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 14 18
1995 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1995 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 19 23
1995 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1995 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1995 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 19 23
1995 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 19
1995 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1995 GMC G15/25 RALLY 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1995 GMC G15/25 VANDURA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 21
1995 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1995 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 16 19
1995 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1995 GMC K1500 YUKON 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 14 17
1995 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1995 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 14 18
1995 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 16 19
1995 MERCEDES-BENZ S350 6 cyl 3.5 liter D (A4) Auto 21 28
1994 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 19 24
1994 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 23
1994 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 21
1994 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1994 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1994 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 19 23
1994 CHEVROLET G10/20 SPORTVAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1994 CHEVROLET G10/20 VAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1994 CHEVROLET K1500 BLAZER 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 19
1994 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1994 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 19
1994 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 17 21
1994 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 17 21
1994 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1994 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1994 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 23
1994 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 17 21
1994 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 19 24
1994 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1994 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 19 24
1994 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1994 GMC G15/25 RALLY 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1994 GMC G15/25 VANDURA 2WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1994 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 17 21
1994 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1994 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 19
1994 GMC K1500 YUKON 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 19
1994 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 15 18
1994 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1994 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.5 liter D (M5) Manual 17 21
1994 MERCEDES-BENZ S350D 6 cyl 3.5 liter D (A4) Auto 21 28
1993 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1993 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1993 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1993 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1993 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SD 6 cyl 3.5 liter D (A4) Auto 20 23
1992 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 24
1992 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 20 25
1992 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 19 23
1992 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 24
1992 CHEVROLET G10/20 SPORTVAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 19
1992 CHEVROLET G10/20/ VAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 24
1992 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1992 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 18 22
1992 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 19 23
1992 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1992 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 24
1992 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 20 25
1992 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 19 23
1992 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 24
1992 GMC G15/25 RALLY 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 19
1992 GMC G15/25 VANDURA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 24
1992 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 18 22
1992 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1992 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 19 23
1992 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1992 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D 2.5 TURBO 5 cyl 2.5 liter D (A4) Auto 26 31
1992 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SD 6 cyl 3.5 liter D (A4) Auto 20 23
1992 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 4 cyl 1.6 liter D (M5) Manual 37 40
1991 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 20 25
1991 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 19 21
1991 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 24
1991 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 19 24
1991 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1991 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 19 20
1991 CHEVROLET G10/20 SPORTVAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 22
1991 CHEVROLET G10/20 VAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1991 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1991 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1991 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1991 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1991 CHEVROLET R1500 SUBURBAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 22
1991 CHEVROLET V1500 BLAZER 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 22
1991 CHEVROLET V1500 SUBURBAN 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 15 21
1991 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 24
1991 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 19 21
1991 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 20 25
1991 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M5) Manual 19 24
1991 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1991 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 19 20
1991 GMC G15/25 RALLY 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 22
1991 GMC G15/25 VANDURA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1991 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1991 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1991 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1991 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1991 GMC R1500 SUBURBAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 22
1991 GMC V1500 JIMMY 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 22
1991 GMC V1500 SUBURBAN 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 15 21
1991 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D 2.5 TURBO 5 cyl 2.5 liter D (A4) Auto 27 33
1991 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SD TURBO 6 cyl 3.5 liter D (A4) Auto 22 25
1991 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SDL TURBO 6 cyl 3.5 liter D (A4) Auto 22 25
1991 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 4 cyl 1.6 liter D (M5) Manual 37 40
1991 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 4 cyl 1.6 liter D (M5) Manual 37 43
1990 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 23
1990 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 19 21
1990 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 20
1990 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1990 CHEVROLET G10/20 SPORTVAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 22
1990 CHEVROLET G10/20 VAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 23
1990 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1990 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1990 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1990 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1990 CHEVROLET R1500 SUBURBAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 23
1990 CHEVROLET V1500 BLAZER 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1990 CHEVROLET V1500 SUBURBAN 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1990 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 23
1990 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 19 21
1990 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1990 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 20
1990 GMC G15/25 RALLY 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 22
1990 GMC G15/25 VANDURA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 23
1990 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1990 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1990 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1990 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1990 GMC R1500 SUBURBAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 23
1990 GMC V1500 JIMMY 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1990 GMC V1500 SUBURBAN 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 20
1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D 2.5 TURBO 5 cyl 2.5 liter D (A4) Auto 27 33
1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SDL TURBO 6 cyl 3.5 liter D (A4) Auto 22 25
1990 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 4 cyl 1.6 liter D (M5) Manual 37 43
1989 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 19 25
1989 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 19
1989 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 25
1989 CHEVROLET C2500 PICKUP 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 18
1989 CHEVROLET G10/20 SPORTVAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1989 CHEVROLET G10/20 SPORTVAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 21
1989 CHEVROLET G10/20 VAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 25
1989 CHEVROLET G10/20 VAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 20 24
1989 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1989 CHEVROLET K1500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 18
1989 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1989 CHEVROLET K2500 PICKUP 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1989 CHEVROLET R1500 SUBURBAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 24
1989 CHEVROLET V1500 BLAZER 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 21
1989 CHEVROLET V1500 SUBURBAN 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1989 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 19
1989 GMC C1500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 19 25
1989 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 25
1989 GMC C2500 SIERRA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 18
1989 GMC G15/25 RALLY 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 21
1989 GMC G15/25 RALLY 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1989 GMC G15/25 VANDURA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 20 24
1989 GMC G15/25 VANDURA 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 18 25
1989 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 18 18
1989 GMC K1500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1989 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 22
1989 GMC K2500 SIERRA 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (M4) Manual 17 18
1989 GMC R1500 SUBURBAN 2WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 24
1989 GMC V1500 JIMMY 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 17 21
1989 GMC V1500 SUBURBAN 4WD 8 cyl 6.2 liter D (L4) Auto 16 21
1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 190D2.5 5 cyl 2.5 liter D (A4) Auto 28 33
1989 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 4 cyl 1.6 liter D (M5) Manual 37 44
1989 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 4 cyl 1.6 liter D (M5) Manual 37 44

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3 comments ↓

#1 George Bishop on 01.19.09 at 7:45 pm

I was recently in Italy for a few weeks and was elated to find that “small-engined” diesel cars are the current vehicle of choice for urban transit.
I saw a “sneaker-sized” Peugeot diesel two-door that the driver – a pizza delivery driver – claimed to get over 80 miles per gallon in. (We did some calculator-based conversions from liters to gallons and from kilometers to miles.) All the (not-so) “Big Three” car companies should be incinerated for their lack of innovation in the ultra-high-mileage car category.
Do they seriously think we should give a Tinker’s dam about their ‘sales’, when they don’t give a rip about what the consumer wants?
I “buy American” whenever possible – even at a price premium – but for cars, I’ll buy foreign EVERY TIME!

#2 mpg-o-editor on 01.20.09 at 6:50 am

@George – I’ve just spent three days out at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and have come away with a different perspective, specifically after speaking at length with a good number of folks at Ford, including their CEO, Alan Mulally.

( See: http://www.mpgomatic.com/2009/01/14/dinner-with-fords-ceo-alan-mullally/ )

Our automakers are committed to the cutting-edge technologies. The biggest single problem is our lack of a national energy policy. Now that the Oil Men are leaving power, we can hope that things will change for the better.

With the hook up between Chrysler and Fiat, we’re in the best shape ever with regard to the potential availability of clean diesel engines and ultra-high MPG vehicles. Fiat is among the world’s leaders in diesel technology.

#3 Steve on 09.15.09 at 12:28 am

Mr. Bishop,
On this very website we see how American ingenuity provided cars and trucks delivering 40-50 mpg in the late 70s and early 80s following the gas crunch of the early and mid 70s. But nobody wanted them! American auto manufacturers only built what people wanted to buy. Now that people want high mpg cars, they will be built again. It’s partially government interference in the market that has slowed development of fuel efficient cars and driven up costs in the showroom. Don’t worry, in time the free market will meet consumer demands – even yours. Industry doesn’t turn on a dime.

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