How would you feel about a Cadillac with a diesel engine? Those of you in America shouldn't bother answering that question, however – it's strictly for the Europeans. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Cadillac's VP of marketing said that a diesel is "under consideration for vehicles sold outside the United States," with its U.S. chances going only so far as "a potential hedge." We've heard something like this since at least 2007 from the company. Is it for real this time?

When committing to the best fight against its rivals overseas, Cadillac's rep said, "if that means making the right powertrain choices, then those are the choices we will have to make." No mention was made of Opel's diesels or whether General Motors would choose to develop something new, but the German subsidiary has done well with oil-burners in the Insignia, and a trial of diesels in Caddys could help use up the allotment that Saab won't necessarily be needing.


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      Roy_H
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      I am Canadian, and not a diesel fan. I read conflicting reports about clean diesel and some say it still pollutes more than gas engines. However, in Europe, the tax laws greatly favor diesel and it would be foolish for Cadillac not to compete in the same market. I am really surprised to find that they do not already have diesels in Europe. For a while diesels were popular here in the 1980s and GM had optional diesels in all their full sized cars.
        SVX pearlie
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        @Roy_H
        "it would be foolish for Cadillac not to compete " Which is why Caddy is going to make the Diesel after all. I wouldn't be surprised to see them sell in Canada as well, due to similar fuel cost structures.
        Nick
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        @Roy_H
        I live in Europe, and although a lot of the diesel cars on the road are recent, and equipped with Diesel Particle Filters, I still see smoke clouds depending on lighting. I think it's safe to say that tiny particles still make it into our lungs where they cause damage.. I'd much rather see hybrid systems, even "light hybrids" and stop-start coupled to gas 4-bangers than the proliferation of Diesels, which are efficient, but not a long term solution..
          russellbgeister
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Nick
          i beleve that until we are using b100 only heavy transport should be using oil based diesel we have enough pollution in our cities without the addition of diesel particulates from private transport
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      Cadillac had a Diesel in Europe in the 06-09 BLS (based on the Saab 9-3 / Saturn Aura). But it was priced the same as a BMW 318d or Audi A4 1.9 TDI, so did not sell well. The Cadillac brand just doesn't have the reputation in Europe that it does in the US to pull off a substandard product compared to the German offerings
      Nick
      • 1 Day Ago
      Would make sense for the big Caddys. Add stop-start and you're all set.
      Larz Larzen
      • 1 Day Ago
      I wish GM would come out with a different luxury car than the one with the Cadillac marque, or badge.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Day Ago
      If true, i hope it will be better than the caddy eldo i once made the mistake of buying.
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      Today I filled up the Prius at the local station. Unleaded = 3.15 per gallon Diesel = 4.09 per gallon What are these guys thinking ? kjd http://www.evalbum.com/3175
      pmpjunkie
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      How about a caddie version of the Volt/Ampera instead?
        SVX pearlie
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        @pmpjunkie
        In a couple years, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Converj hit the streets.
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