Most drivers in North America old enough to remember the first wave of diesel cars that came our way in the early to mid-1980s have unpleasant memories of those cars. They were slow, smelly, smoky, noisy and did I mention slow. They got great fuel economy but had little else to recommend them. Two decades on and things have changed quite dramatically.

Writing in the London Free Press, Russ Bond has been converted. With memories of a past neighbor's old Peugeot 504 still resonating, he spent a week with a new Mercedes E320 Bluetec. The torque of the 3.0L turbo-diesel combined with a seven speed automatic was enough to convince him that this was a great combination for real world driving. Oh yeah, and it still gets great fuel economy.

[Source: London Free Press]

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