6. Diesel Revival
Diesel power also made headlines in 2013. Compression-ignition is hardly news; oil-burning engines are hugely popular in automotive markets around the world, especially Europe. But these smooth running, clean burning and torque-rich engines are still rather scarce on this side of the Atlantic. Why are we always behind?
Slowly but surely diesels are starting to catch on in the U.S. Some manufacturers like Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz offer vehicles with oil-burning engines but they’re in the minority… for now. Automakers are warming up to modern diesel propulsion and 2013 could prove to be a turning point. In fact, VW announced that for the first time ever it sold more than 100,000 diesel-powered passenger cars in the U.S. this year.
Chevrolet now offers a version of its Cruze compact sedan with a compression-ignition engine. The car is powered by a 2.0-liter unit that delivers a robust 151 hp. Additionally Nissan confirmed its next-generation Titan truck will offer a 5.0-liter Cummins diesel. But even more exciting than these announcements is news from Ram. Chrysler’s pickup division now sells a light-duty, half-ton truck with a 3.0-liter V6 diesel under the hood. Times, they are a-changin’… for the better… finally.