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sounds pretty good: 177hp and 295 ft lbs from a 2.2L diesel


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The compact segment is the most competitive in the European market. Cars measuring around 4 meters are the top-sellers on this side of the pond. They usually offer good room for the price, and they also offer cargo space once the back seats are folded. This segment is dominated by local models, such as the VW Golf (the leader to beat) and the Ford Focus, to name two models which are familiar to our US readers. The engines of choice are usually diesels and although low-sulfur diesel has been sold in Europe for a long time, they still pollute with particulates which cause smog. Particulate filters just aren't widespread yet and are currently installed only in premium models, very much like the implementation of cathalysts in gasoline cars, which started in the '90s.

However, this is not only a matter of European automakers. Japanese and Korean manufacturers are also in this race to get their chunk of the European market. And as a sample, here's the new Toyota Auris. The European compact Toyotas are a set of three models: the Corolla sedan, the Auris hatchback and the Verso MPV. One of Toyota's latest innovations has been the D-CAT (Diesel Clean Advanced Technology) range of diesel engines which appeared in 2005 in the Euro-Accord models.Toyota's particulate filter captures combustion debris in a reservoir and when it's full, the particulates burn completely - This means that at a certain moment, a Toyota leaves a grey cloud of smoke but leaves no particulates. Of course, the system is more complex and it includes special piezoelectric injectors, gas recirculation when the engine is cold and other features which makes these engines less polluting.

You might wonder what the performance of these engines are: 2.2 liters, and two different power outputs: 177 HP and 400 Nm of torque (about 295 ft.lb), and 125 HP and 300 Nm (230 ft.lb). Although it's the Auris we're showing here today, the D-CAT range of engines are currently installed in these three compact models mentioned and the RAV-4.
 

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Diesel there but not here

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I bought a new Passat TDi back in 1996 and am so enamored of diesel engines that I've been waiting for a newer VW so I can upgrade. But nothing new is available here in New York State. Sure, I can buy used but why are the new Toyota and Honda diesels blocked from the US?

Why is it that in the US we can't get the diesel cars sold in Europe and Asia??? Do you think it's corporate greed and politics behind these strict emissions while most of the truckers have emission regulations of their own? I'm not a bit against truckers in the least. I'm with them. But what is keeping these higher efficiency diesel engines from powering our cars in the US? At least make them available so we can avoid the propped up high prices of gasoline.

If I can be allowed to answer my own questions, I believe it's the lobbying effort of BIG OIL in the US that keeps these efficient foreign diesels out. We're so behind the 8-ball in efficiency that it keeps old habits alive and well.
And you and I have to foot the bill.

I, for one, am disgusted with oil politics and those in government who prop up the industry for their own greed.
 
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Yeah, I think many of us want to upgrade...

I disagree about corporate greed. A lot of this is consumer choice too. VW always had diesels, although they imported them in small numbers. A lot of it isn't that corporations are greedy, it's that they are designed to make money and they have no reason to make something that people won't buy.

It wasn't until 2006 that 1/4 of VWs sold were tdis. It wasn't until then that consumers really demanded them after katrina and the spike in oil prices. There was always a high demand for diesels, but it was so niche that they had no reason to fill it. That's not corporate greed, that's a business trying to stay profitable...which VW is having a hard time doing so. How else do you explain the demand for SUV's? It's not just automakers making them, it's BOTH supply and demand.
 
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