I was at the 2013 Washington auto show and met some of the Robert Bosch LLC, Diesel Systems North American engineers. They showed me some of the new clean diesel projects they were working on. Bosch predicts there will 54 diesel vehicles available in the U.S. by 2017 in North America, including 22 new models in 2013.
When you read Bosch’s, A future with Clean Diesel, you can see the benefits, “The diesel vehicles of 2020 will consume around a third less fuel and emit a third less CO2 than today.” Add this to the low-end torque you get from diesel and it looks pretty appealing.
For car manufacturers diesel could be a blessing as well. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements are required to achieve 54.5 mpg level by 2025.
Stacey Vanek Smith, the senior reporter for Marketplace, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about clean diesel and the new vehicles that are coming out.