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BorgWarner and Bosch, two manufacturers of diesel components, have co-founded the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars. This new group will promote the fuel efficiency and environmental benefits of modern diesel cars. The coalition's first announcement was to complain that gasoline is taxed at a lower rate than diesel and how this price difference hampers diesel's competitiveness. The taxes run in exactly the opposite direction in most European countries. The average gallon of U.S. diesel costs about 25 percent more than regular gasoline. Federal taxes account for 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel and 18.4 cents for each gallon of gasoline, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The new coalition also finds Federal tax breaks, like the one that is available for the VW Jetta TDI, "insufficient" (UPDATE: it is actually Stefan Jacoby, CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, who said this).
[Source: Automotive News (subs. req'd)]


U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars Launches to Promote Clean Diesel Technology's Fuel Efficiency and Environmental Benefits

Group advocates adoption of technology-neutral public policies rewarding innovation and bringing immediate real world solutions to market

Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2009 - The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars launched today to promote the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of clean diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S. marketplace. The Coalition will urge federal, state and local legislators and regulators to support technology-neutral public policies helping to foster energy independence, reduce CO2 emissions and create jobs in this alternative powertrain technology.

The Coalition, for which BorgWarner Inc. and Robert Bosch LLC are founding members, is the only advocacy group to champion clean diesel passenger vehicles exclusively as it relates to the advantages on fuel efficiency and emission reductions.

"One of the most effective and immediate ways to improve the environment and bolster American energy independence is for federal, state and local officials to implement technology-neutral public policies rewarding innovation and offering multiple solutions for optimizing fuel efficiency and CO2 reductions," said Jeffrey Breneman, executive director of the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars. "Advanced clean diesel technology is ripe for adoption as it requires little modification to the existing U.S. fuel infrastructure while dramatically reducing petroleum use and CO2 emissions."

Today, clean diesel cars provide the highest fuel economy in real-world driving, performing with 30 percent better fuel economy, up to 25 percent less CO2 emissions and 50 percent better torque – an element of power allowing diesel-powered cars to accelerate faster – than a comparable gasoline vehicle.

"Despite these accepted advantages, some public policies are steering consumers, and the auto industry as a whole, into specific technologies," said Breneman.

The Coalition advocates that in order to maximize the nation's efforts to improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and meet the various driving habits and needs of Americans, several technology options, including clean diesel, will need to be supported in legislation.

"Granting advanced clean diesel technology the same market incentives offered to other leading automotive technologies, such as hybrid-electric, reaffirms America's commitment to fuel efficiency and inspires widespread innovation that brings a multitude of technology solutions to market," said Norman Johnson, director for external affairs, Robert Bosch LLC, a charter member of the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars.

In anticipation of legislative efforts to conserve energy and reduce CO2 emissions, the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars will advocate for science-based public policies and regulatory approaches.

"Ensuring a level playing field that equally supports a broad portfolio of technology solutions to tackle the serious environmental and energy dependence issues we currently face is really the only approach," said Scott Gallett, vice president of marketing, BorgWarner Inc., a charter member of the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars. "It encourages innovation, job creation and results in options for the consumers that they want and deserve. By promoting clean diesel policies on the federal, state and local levels, the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars will ensure the benefits of the clean diesel technology can be put to work in the U.S. market."


The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars is a partnership committed to promoting the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of advanced clean diesel technology for passenger vehicles in the U.S. marketplace. It is the only advocacy group dedicated exclusively to clean diesel passenger vehicles. For more information or to inquire about membership, please visit www.cleandieseldelivers.com or contact Jeff Breneman, executive director, U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, at info @ cleandieseldelivers.com or (202) 585-6382

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Unless they can reduce the price difference between regular unleaded and ULSD in the U.S., diesel is dead in the U.S. passenger vehicle market.
        • 8 Months Ago
        There's a station near my work where the price of diesel is below the price of premium currently. Has been for about a week now. It's only about 2cents lower, but that's a far cry from where it has been recently

        Looking at gasbuddy.com, diesel prices in my area are running about $2.09/gal with one station actually showing $1.99/gal while Regular unleaded around here is going for about $1.69/gal.

        Over the past few weeks, diesel has dropped about 15cents/gal. while gasoline has climbed about 10-15cents/gal.

        I predicted that outcome several months back when gas prices first dropped dramatically while diesel did not. It was primarily due to the increased demand for hoem heating oil which kept the demand(and thus price) of diesel higher. It seems now that spring is not far away, diesel prices are coming back down to normal levels since home heating oil demand is likely dropping.

        Nationally, the prices are following that trend as well.
        Looking at http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/pet_pri_gnd_dcus_nus_w.htm
        since 12/29/08, Regular Unleaded Gasoline(RUG) has climbed from $1.61/gal to $1.89/gal on 2/2/09. Diesel, on the other hand, has decreased from $2.34/gal to $2.26 over the same timeframe.

        I fully expect this trend to continue for at least a little while longer. I don't think it's a stretch to think that diesel might drop down to equal the price of RUG. Especially if the current pricing trends continue as is for the next month or so.
      • 8 Months Ago
      #3 People like you complain about diesels with out looking at what we have on the road today. Are you saying that we shouldn't let small fuel efficient vehicles that do reduce pollutants? Maybe you should compare the emissions coming from any typical car large and small to the modern turbo-diesel car made in Europe. If what you want is to eliminate higher polluting cars then lets go ahead and shut down Ford, GM and Chrysler because all their vehicles are not as clean and or fuel efficient than any German diesel. Face it, your argument 10 years old.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is great to hear a bunch of diesel supporters for a change!
      Gassers always say "smelly, oily, smokey, slow, heavy, ancient techlology- not in my back yard"- Well we all know this is rubbish.
      Americans need clean, powerful, capable, economical and fun to drive cars.
      Diesels fit the bill!
      Oh yeah kudos!! on that comment that a Pirus puts out MORE PM than a modern clean diesel with a PDF!!

      • 8 Months Ago
      Andrichrose, we are not in Europe, and the population density where I live is approx 2 people per sq mile. I know that's hard to believe for Europeans or Asians, but much of the western US has blue skies. It is 85 miles from where I live to the nearest traffic signal. So you are against me having a modern, clean technology diesel. Mind your own dam business!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Making bio-diesel from vegoil is a LOT easier, faster and cheaper than making ethanol from... well, anything!
      • 8 Months Ago
      A well made diesel car engine can be very powerful and efficient.
      • 8 Months Ago
      "Today, clean diesel cars provide the highest fuel economy in real-world driving, performing with 30 percent better fuel economy, up to 25 percent less CO2 emissions and 50 percent better torque – an element of power allowing diesel-powered cars to accelerate faster – than a comparable gasoline vehicle"
      That says it all, and it's about time someone took up the consumer's cause on this. We shouldn't have to buy a German car to get top fuel efficiency with excellent performance! That's the reality we face now because of backward policies.
      We would like to buy American cars, made in the US (not Canada, Mexico, or Asia), with comparable performance to a Jetta TDI. Where are they?
        • 8 Months Ago
        The interesting thing is that the SAME companies (ie Ford ,GM and Chrysler) have been selling fine deisel engined vehicles in europe for a LONG time... Ford manufacture particularly good diesel engines in Europe(they were jointly developed with french Consortium PSA) .. if you were to drive a FOCUS tdci, most likely you'd never want to return to its lame gasoline equivalent .. the diesels outperform thier gasoline cousins by a wide margin..
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've been getting that "ding dong the witch is dead" feeling lately, capping worthless CEO's pay and now talk of removing the gasoline lobbies choke hold on us, whats next ? getting back some of the billions wasted on war profiteers before they blow it all on hookers and guns? I can only dream
      • 8 Months Ago
      There are many Americans who would like to be able to drive a diesel car. Ford and GM produce efficient diesel autos in Europe but are not able to sell them in the US because of the emission standards here. (These standards, inexplicably, exceed the requirement placed on gasoline engines.) These cars, using old, proven technology with excellent fuel economy, could be a boon for the auto industry, and would open a path to already-available technology for developing bio-fuels that would be suitable for these simpler engines. I am concerned about the cost of battery hybrid technology and the problem of battery replacement and disposal in the long run.

      I am delighted to find that I am not alone in my wish to see American-made diesel cars and wagons. I have sent messages to my senators, to my representative and even to Obama's suggestion box http://www.obamasuggestionbox.com
      and have yet to get a meaningful response. Perhaps if enough people push, someone will finally pay attention.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Following up on JHarlin's thought about U.S. carmaker's lack of offering diesel automobile's in the United States; I think it is borderline criminal that U.S. automobile manufacturers are taking bail out money but don't offer a vehicle in the U.S. market that competition such as VW is selling on allocation - GM (through Opel and Vauxhall)
      and Ford (they did not take bail out funds, yet) offer great diesel cars in the U.K. and Europe (maybe other places but these are the areas I have traveled to recently) and only offer diesel trucks in the U.S. In Britain, Ford produces several diesel automobiles that have a reputation for high reliability and from my personal observation are quite attractive - why not bring these car designs to a U.S. manufacturing plant to build and sell? It would help GM and Ford's bottom line by offering a product that has a pent up demand for sales - help the U.S. reduce dependence on foreign oil by providing a truly viable option for the freeway commuter (how many Prius' are people using as ineffecient commuter vehicles?) , reduce greenhouse gases, etc. It is very frustrating...
      • 8 Months Ago
      Will they also be promoting the high levels of carcinogenic nano particles
      that the modern common rail diesel pushes out , I think not !

      Before the US goes off on a diesel spree , maybe it should look towards
      our choked and polluted cities here in europe first !

      Remember there's no such thing as a free lunch !
        • 8 Months Ago
        Actually, many studies have shown that nanoparticles from gasoline engines numerically approach or even exceed those from UNCONTROLLED diesel engines in some common driving conditions. Gasoline engines do produce PM emissions, especially in the nanoparticle size (nanoparticles have virtually no mass, which is how PM emissions are currently regulated).

        With DPF (all on-road diesel vehicles in the U.S. have been OEM-equipped with DPF since January 2007), emissions of nanoparticles are several orders of magnitude lower than typical gasoline engines, since DPF is very effective in reducing PM across the entire particle size range.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Sorry andrichrose your out of touch on current diesel technology. The 2009 Jetta TDI produces 0.000 g/mi of particulate matter according to its CARB certification.


        Same is true for any diesel with a DPF. CARB doesn't even test gas vehicles for particulate matter which is unfair because gasoline vehicles do produce particulate matter. So in reality a clean diesel with a DPF produces essentially 0 "carcinogenic nano particles" while even the prius are putting out some.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Hogwash..the air quality in major European cities is actually better than it was 2 decades ago in spite of a huge rise in population and vehicles ... modern deisels have particulate traps and show little to no visible smoke ..in any case ..the particultes problem is not a major issue.. they are PM10 and above and too large to get deep into lung tissue....unlike the invisible and very real carcinogens from gasoline emmissions which head straight into the climate and stay there, the larger deisel particulates (mostly carbon) fall back to the ground fairly quickly..the significance is :- REAL AND ACTUAL EFFICIENCY...much less fuel is used overall AND the modern deisel engines produces far more useable power than a comparable gas engine ..add the fact that its actually ecologically efficient to make bio deisel fuels and add to the mix (France stipulated a 3% addition of seed oil more than a decade ago), unlike ethanol etc which is a dead loss only sustainable by huge subsidies...
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