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Back in July, Volvo hinted that it would be introducing small cars with diesel engines into the American market. This, of course, is an idea that we can get behind. In Europe, Volvo offers two four cylinder diesel engines displacing 1.6-liters and 2.0-liters as well as a five cylinder diesel of 2.4-liters. Here in the U.S.? Nada. Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader, though, we at least know that Volvo is testing diesels here in the States. Specifically, what we see here - according to the nameplate - is a C30 with a 2.0-liter diesel engine. We can't be certain why the new model was here, as the shot was taken in Arizona near Volvo's test track. The Phoenix area is often used by manufacturers testing their cars in extreme heat (and this is the dead of summer), so this could just be an engineering mule and have nothing to do with the U.S. market. On the other hand, Volvo says it wants to introduce diesel engines here by 2010, so we can always hold out home that a diesel-powered C30 is on its way. Thanks for the tip, Brian!

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