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Sources (i.e., email tips and a Tweet from Ward's Auto) are telling us that General Motors Vice Chairman Tom Stephens told attendees at the Directions in Engine-Efficiency and Emissions Research (DEER) conference in Detroit today that a diesel-engined passenger car is coming to the U.S. sometime in the future. Nothing has been officially decided, but Stephens indicated that GM has a portfolio of diesels to draw from, noting that it's up to the marketing department to define what engine and platform might be used, let alone what brand it would be marketed under. What might we see? Maybe something along the line of a GM Jetta?

GM has been talking up diesels in the U.S. for years, but oil-burning powertrains haven't gotten quite the attention that the plug-in Voltec in the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt has (how could it?). Now that the cat is at least poking its head out of the bag, we wonder if the German automakers, who are having a bit of success with oil-burning powerplants here, are worried. Unlikely, but at least we could get more options - and would it kill GM to make the new car officially B100-capable from the start?

[Source: Ward's Auto Twitter]Report: GM will sell diesel passenger car in the U.S. originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Sep 2010

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/27/report-gm-will-sell-a-diesel-car-in-the-u-s/
 

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They have put so much money into the Volt that they would be building both Volt and diesel brands from the ground up. I don't think they'll have a GM Jetta TDI but it could be a good move for their SUV models.
 

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They have put so much money into the Volt that they would be building both Volt and diesel brands from the ground up. I don't think they'll have a GM Jetta TDI but it could be a good move for their SUV models.
I believe you're confusing GM with a rational balanced company. They love to overextend themselves.
 

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Real competition ?!

GM should take advantage of the chicken tax (25% import duty on assembled trucks), and introduce a 4 cylinder 4WD diesel pickup truck. That 25% advantage on something like Amarok might help it survive.

I would buy Amarok if it were offered here, but the tax would make it cost $30k for a base model. I'd still buy it, but...GM can offer one for less than that.

30 mpg and over 250 ft lb torque, with 4WD? Will our only option be a Mahideous Pikup?
 
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