• May 2, 2008

Autoblog talks Diesel with Ford Powertrain Directo

CAFE standards are being raised to 35 mpg by 2020, and automakers are working on several technologies to help achieve the lofty standard. The next 12 years will see lighter, more aerodynamic vehicles, but some of the most interesting solutions will be found under the hood. Electric vehicles, hybrids, and small, turbocharged engines will power many vehicles, and diesel engines are set to once again infiltrate our borders, but on a grander scale.

We talked to Ford Powertrain boss Dan Kapp to better understand why diesel engines are inherently more efficient than petrol engines, and we also discussed how and where Ford will be using diesel going forward. Hit play on the video above to take a look.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "Borders", not "Boarders." Where's your editor, young man?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's hard to see use of diesel engines taking off in the US while diesel fuel is selling at such a crazy higher price than gas - even though it requires less energy to refine than regular.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well done video, informative and not too dry. Reminds me a lot of a good CNN segment.

      I believe in diesel tech, but (even with increased efficiency) it will be tough to convince the buying public to pay both the up-front premium and the current fuel premium. Hopefully the '09 Jetta and its ilk will do all the talking.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that all sounds good when can i go pick up my diesel ranger?
      • 6 Years Ago
      yeah.. the problem here is.. americans want to save money so they put a 4or 5L V8 turbodiesel in the vans, trucks.... and they start to cry if the gas price goes wild....

      in europe.... they are smart enough not to use big engines and they put a 2.2 literd diesel ecojet engines in the mercedes vans.. etc...

      but americans needs big engines.. they laugh at the prius.. they laugh at the small engines...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yay Ford ten years late to the diesel party. Congrats winners.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right that's the point, non of the big 2.5 'get it' yet. Can't wait for the 60mpg jetta in sept, in.
        • 6 Years Ago
        fords been selling diesels in europe for a while now, they just have had some problems meeting us (esp. CA) emissions standards; or so they say
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford Powerstroke + larger turbo + larger injection pump + Ford Mustang = big fun! Comon, a guy can dream, right? With a few tweaks, it would demolish pretty much every other Mustang Ford makes.

      Come to think of it, I would love to see Ford, Chevy and Dodge take on the Audi and Peugeot oil burners in ALMS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      that guy is a bland as the taurus.
      cool video though... and I'm psyched i actually got this one to work.. while at work.
      didnt realize there was as much size difference in diesel vs gas.