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Old 05-23-2008, 10:06 AM
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NYT Article: Diesel Automobiles Clean Up for an Encore

You'll soon have a wide choice in purchasing your next diesel powered car.

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Volkswagen says it will be the first to market, with Jetta sedans and wagons arriving in August. Mercedes will follow in October with diesel versions of its GL-, ML- and R-Class sport crossover utilities. BMW is preparing a mighty twin-turbo 6-cylinder diesel for sale this fall in the 335d sedan and X5 35d sport wagon.

Audiís Q7 3.0 TDI utility wagon goes on sale early next year. That automaker has been vividly demonstrating modern dieselís one-two punch by dominating recent runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its R10 racers, which are not only fast, but are the quietest, cleanest and most fuel-efficient cars in the field.

The new diesel disciples are not just the usual German suspects. Three Japanese companies ó Honda, Nissan and Subaru ó are ramping up the technology. Long known for efficient gasoline engines, Honda will offer its first American diesel next year, as an option on the Acura TSX sedan. A similar diesel Honda from Europe that I recently tested achieved a wallet-friendly 53 m.p.g. on the highway.
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