• Jan 10th 2007 at 2:03PM
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The Focus we should've received - diesel-powered, 50 MPG and thoughtfully styled.

During an interview with Automotive News, Mark Fields, Ford's U.S. division president, said that the automaker would not be offering diesels in any of its passenger cars in the near future. For the time being at least, Ford's only diesel-equipped vehicles will be in their flagship F-series line of pickups.

The reasons behind not bringing an oil burner to America are varied, but the primary hurdle is the cost of engineering an engine that would meet the U.S.'s stringent emissions standards. This is the same argument currently employed by Toyota, when asked about its own pursuit of diesel technology.

Instead, Ford will focus on high-tech gasoline mills, utilizing turbocharging, direct injection and hybrid powertrains, which will increase fuel economy and in some cases, performance.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      These guys are idiots.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The State of California does have stringent emissions standards for passenger vehicles (I live in San Jose, by the way) but has no regulations on the millions of Diesel-powered commercial vehicles on the road. Seems the trucking industry has a better lobbying organization than the car makers.

      When I was in England last year, I rented a Diesel-powered Vauxhal Vectra. It was a roomy mid-sized 5-door hatchback with a 1.8L turbo-Diesel and a 5-speed manual transmission. I averaged 48 MPG over a week of mixed driving and I thought the car had nice power and was very quiet and smooth on the freeways.

      I've got to imagine that our air issues wouldn't be grossly effected by highly fuel-efficient Diesel cars getting 40+ MPG relative to the damage done by heavy trucks that aren't regulated at all... especially with cleaner fuel and new technology like Bluetec.

      Another issue is that Europeans are heavily focused on CO2 emissions which are considered a greenhouse gas (remember, they signed the Kyoto treaty). The amount of CO2 a car emits is directly related to the volume of fuel it burns, therefore Diesels are good at meeting these targets. Diesel soot is heavier than air and normally settles to the ground (as in the Paris example above). CA emissions regulations target smog-forming emissions which are a problem in L.A. and other similar areas of the state and thus fuel-efficiency doesn't matter... at least from CARB's perspective.

      By the way, the CARB is an independent agency in the state and can enact regulations with NO legislative oversight at all. It's not the politicians in Sacramento making the rules, it's a bunch of folks at the ARB who don't have to answer to anyone and most of them in my experience view the domestic auto makers with outright contempt.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Mankind has already doomed his existance on this planet, so give up already. In another 100 years A.I. will have no need for clean air. Let me have what we need now, like giving a pack of butts to a guy with terminal cancer. Can't hurt now. Hell, they say change is good. The place was much better after the Dinosaurs kicked, right?
      • 8 Years Ago
      ' There really should be a way for the USA and Europe to adopt the same standards in emissions.'

      No Thanks! Keep your 'unions' to yourself. I would rather maintain our sovereignty as long as possible....whether it be automotive or political or whatever
      • 8 Years Ago
      So Ford said no to DIESEL but yes to HYBRIDS.

      All those hybrid haters are confused now. They hate hybrids because Toyota and Honda make them, and love Diesel because.....well it is their only way to talk about higher MPGs. But now that Ford abandoned diesel and jumped into Priusland the Ford defenders are speechless.

      Ohhhh what to do, what to do......I think Ford is Turning Japanese
      • 8 Years Ago
      California has a new government designed car coming out that is emissions free. It will be the required mode of transportation by 2010. They will also require it be used for car pooling at all times. That way you can go much faster when everybody pedals. Long live the USC! (United Socialists of California)
      • 8 Years Ago

      in regards to your comments: the problem wiht the US is that they test bizarre things for efficiency and cleanliness. I'm not entirely clear on what the difference is, but the way that it has been explained to me is in the following example (the numbers are clearly off):

      in Europe, cars are tested for actual pollution they emit, whereas in the states, they are tested for how much per gallon they emit (or something like that). what does this mean? it means that the fuel efficiency of the car is not taken into account when testing a car's emissions in the US.

      So, when you look at the clean diesels, lets say a clean diesel emits 10 units of pollution per gallon, but a regular gas engine emits9 units of pollution per gallon. Well, the difference is, the same diesel runs at 40 mpg, and the gas engine runs at 27 mpg. So what happens is that, overall, the diesel pollutes less, but since it pollutes more per gallon it consumes, it doesn't pass the US emissions, but does pass the European emissions.

      i hope that wasn't too convoluted...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Emissions are not based upon fuel burned.

      Yes, US Diesel emissions regulations are tighter than European ones. Diesels put out quantities of nitrogen-oxides not allowed in the US (CARB states).

      Don't blame California for this. Blame Ford and Toyota. And European companies.

      Do not shed a tear for these companies who are being prohibited from polluting our air more than other cars would.

      Diesel emissions in the US (and Europe) don't even match gas emissions yet (slated for 2012). These cars get a license to pollute more than other cars and still can't even make that standard.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the emissions are tested in "parts per mile" because of the miles americans drive. some people in this country drive farther back and forth to work in one day than the people in europe drive all month because of the cost of gasoline. how many cars do you see on the roads each day with only one person in each car here in the states.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford has limited resources, and I complement them for at least making a decision and moving on.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The US will continue to have a restyled old Focus, simply because is't cheaper to manufacture, allowing Ford to have a bigger profit margin.

      It's common policy to have, in the same segment, a more developed platform in Europe, where the consumer is more demanding, and a cheaper one in the US...

      Remeber the Mondeo global car? It only lasted a single generation: the second one had a cheaper platform to the US, and a more developed to Europe.

      It's not Ford's fault: it's just that the US consumers are used to say "YES" to lesser products...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have walked the streets of Paris and the lovely patina of age worn by that beautiful, magical, city is the result of CENTURIES of human activity, not 40 years of diesel engine soot.
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