Category Archives: Diesel

A Ford Fiesta with more mpg and almost half the price of Prius

…but don’t look for this Ford Fiesta ECOnetic model in the US as clean diesel doesn’t seem to fly here. The Australian press is buzzing with talk about the little car from a U.S. based company that beats the Prius … Continue reading

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Diesel and hybrid evolution

As alternative engine technology matures, manufacturers jockey for position and price. Honda decides to cancel diesels for their larger platforms and evolve their gasoline hybrid offers into the larger cars. The price of the new low cost Honda Insight will … Continue reading

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Defining a green car – 2009 VW Jetta TDI

Green Car Journal named Volkswagen’s 2009 Jetta TDI as the “Green Car of the Year” at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Thursday, making it the first clean-diesel vehicle to win the prize. (AP) VW has managed to build a … Continue reading

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Costly biofuel as crude oil price crashes

As petroleum gas prices soared out of control the concept of using corn based ethanol almost started to make sense. It was cheaper than gas and although highly subsidized with our tax dollars and getting fewer miles per gallon than … Continue reading

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117.6 mpg Volkswagen

The Volkswagen’s tiny Up! Concept appeared at the Frankfurt Auto show last year. This car is even smaller with a a 1.0L three-cylinder diesel making 50 hp. That is scooter territory, only you get a roof and a heater. photos … Continue reading

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VW Jetta TDI sets new Guinness world fuel record – 59 mpg

The world’s most fuel efficient couple, John and Helen Taylor, have broken the current world record for lowest fuel consumption across the 48 contiguous United States averaging 58.82 miles to the gallon. The Taylors drove the new VW Jetta TDI … Continue reading

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VIDEO A railway revival

Moving freight is five times more efficient using a train rather than a tractor trailer. Four miles of new railroad line can be built for the price of one mile of road. Electrically powered trains can use domestic fuel sources. … Continue reading

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Motorcycle journeys – I

In the 1980’s and 90’s, I used to slam the vacation road in a VW diesel Golf. My concept of vacation planning was to head west and make a right at North Dakota… or wander southwest until… I needed three … Continue reading

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Stop truck idling save fuel

Once upon a time, the philosophy behind letting a diesel engine idle was that it did more wear and tear on the engine and the fuel cost was marginal. Plus, long haul drivers sleep and relax in their trucks so … Continue reading

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High diesel fuel price reduces efficient alternatives

Motor trend test drives a 2008 Subaru diesel. The car will probably not be available in the US until 2009/10 and will get about 50 mpg which is really great considering gasoline powered Subarus aren’t known for terribly great mileage. … Continue reading

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