If we had a dollar for every time we read a headline that said, "[insert automaker here] considering a diesel for U.S. market," we'd have a pretty sizable stack of Washingtons. So why, then, is this story of particular interest?

After the website Efficient Automobile wrote about the possibility of Kia offering a diesel-powered Optima here in the United States, the automaker took things a step further, addressing this on its Facebook page. Kia's North American public relations team asks its loyal followers, "Would you drive a diesel?" And from what we can tell after a quick scan of the comments, the yeses certainly seem to outweigh the nos.

In Europe, the Optima is available with a 1.7-liter turbo-diesel four, good for 134 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. The decidedly vague story from Efficient Automobile also states that the diesel Optima shares many of the visual upgrades that we have on the U.S.-spec Optima Hybrid, including a lowered ride height and special wheels.

It's worth mentioning that Kia's North American PR Facebook account is largely geared towards the U.S. media, and we have yet to meet a single member of the automotive press who wouldn't drive a diesel. But since Kia PR does not restrict its Facebook page, perhaps this is a small way for the automaker to gauge customer interest about the possibility of offering a diesel-powered car here in the United States. And to answer the question at hand, yes, Kia, we would.


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      stev0521
      • 2 Years Ago
      The one thing you have to do is get our government out of the way. There are diesel cars that get 40-50 mpg. in Europe that are not allowed to be sold here in the US. Why? Could it be the gas tax revenue would fall per gal. sold. Could the Environmentalist who figure pollutants per gallon burned not realize that we would be burn 1/2 has much fuel so their numbers should be half. VW makes their diesel motor here in the US. but is not allowed to sell it here. Why? My 1987 Buick got 26 mpg highway, Why is it that I can't buy a car the same size now that gets the same or better?
        FRANK
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stev0521
        EPA EPA EPA. SAme reason you can't Drill EPA
      Peter Brown
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is no longer debatable, the diesel engine is far superior than the gas engine and it has a renewable drop in substitute fuel already available. In France 60% of the cars on the road are diesel powered, but we must suffer with old style technology for some obscure reason.
        Dave Fenner
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter Brown
        Right, And we are going to start admiring the French now? Hey, I surrender!
      metusmetu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some other things most of you people are not taking into consideration is that diesels last far longer than gas engines, require less maintenance (ie. no spark plugs, no wires, no distributor, etc..), can be run on vegetable oil which is a renewable resource (restaurants will give used veg. oil away, if you haul it off, you just need to filter it.). However, if you use vegetable oil for fuel, you will need two tanks one for diesel, and one for veg. oil, the vehicle needs to be started on the diesel to warm the motor, then you can switch to the veggie oil. Plenty of diesel fuel in this country anyway, every big truck you see out there is diesel, and a heck of a lot of pick-ups have diesel motors, so don't worry about the price of diesel going up if people start buying diesel cars or small trucks.
      ccdae5
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to have a light duty diesel option for small GM cars and trucks.
      raydar67
      • 2 Years Ago
      Had a old 81 diesel Rabbit.250,000 miles on it,and was STILL getting 50 MPG.I'll have another.
      Wetstuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      BRING IT! I have had three and loved them all. (except for the stink shoes) I want a 4WD, CUV. Jim
      knkdnsr
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is a very simple choice if they install a good diesel engine. Diesel power gives better gas mileage. requires less maintenance and in may states does not require an emissions test, Then add a diesel engine will last longer then a gas engine.
      Billy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, I cant make myself drive a vehicle with "Killed In Action" on it. GM was working on a diesel program for their vehicles, but Obama killed the diesel program. It will take 10 years for GM to get back on track.
        crabbo71
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Billy
        not so dude!!! g.m makes diesel cars right now,,they just don't sell them in the usa....and obama did not kill diesel cars,,,,our [yours and mine] oil paid congress got that job done....listen money talks and bull **** walks.....follow the money...their is not one poor person in our government,,,and who do you think they listen too??? not you,,,or me......
        ty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Billy
        Good, maybe GM won't tarnish the market again.
      b705frates
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Volvo would provide a diesel here in the USA I would be first in line. This is from owning one diesel and eight gasoline wagons. My 1982 after trouble free, no electrical expense, 247,000 miles at 36 miles/ gallon seems economical today. My 2006 get 22.6 MPG with $3.65 87 octane gasoline that is: So for 1000 miles gas = $161.50 and 1000 miles diesel = $131.60. Volvo is claiming 40+ MPG. Much less maintenance (from owning one) Bring on the Diesel. Why did GM kill the diesel. I also owned two GM Olds. Did anyone ask WHY USA is not going Auto diesels... It is $$$$$$$$$$$
      dkbelcid
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just drove a Peugeot 3008 desel ( crossover about the size of a Honda CRV) for 6 weeks and 3500 miles in Morocco. I got between 40 and 45 miles per gallon for the entire trip. The car had automatic transmission and plenty of power. About 300 miles were on motorways and the rest on 2 lane roads with with a fair amount of mountain driving and some city driving. It is absurd that we do not have cars available in our country that get that kind of mileage. I have driven several other cars in Europe for periods of 1 to 3 months with average milage of about 45 MPG. If the car compainies say they can not produce this type of car for the U, S. they are lying.
        ty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dkbelcid
        It's to keep the less well off less mobile.
        FRANK
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dkbelcid
        Can you say EPA
        GERONIMO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dkbelcid
        The US population are not educated enough know about diesel tehnology and its benefits. If they knew the benefits there would be a greater demand by the public for more diesel made US cars. So the few educated ones have to be content with the foriegn dieael cars.
      mbrbemt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well if KIA can do it half as well as the VW TDI had done it, there if room for them in the US. Now, if they can make the car, with a diesel as SAFE as a VW (with or without a diesel) will determine if I will buy one. But until it is proven, I will continue to drive my TDI's 350,000 miles plus, & still sell them for $5000 when I am done. Decades ago, when GM put the foul taste in every Americans mouth at the thought of diesel, Benz & VWs cars were selling 80% diesel, 20% gas. If GM hadn't made this country turn its nose up at the diesel, we would all be driving them by now. We need to get our tax and spend, spend, spend government to reduce the tax on diesel so it is less expensive the gas, (since it takes less energy to make it) like it used to be, Americans would come in droves to learn why the diesel is superior to gas in almost every way.
      icptba
      • 2 Years Ago
      EVERYTHING IS NOT A CONSPIRACY. THE PEOPLE THAT SAY DIESEL IS CHEAPER TO PRODUCE THAN GAS KNOW NOTHING. FOR YEARS IT WAS UNDERPRICED DUE TO LOW DEMAND. COMPAIRED TO GASOLINE IT HAS MORE BTU'S/GALLON. SO BASED ON ITS ENERGY CONTENT IS IS SIMILIAR IN PRICE. IT IS ALSO INHERENTLY SAFER SINCE YOU CAN'T LIGHT IT UP WITH A SPARK, OR A MATCH, AS YOU CAN GASOLINE. THE NEWER DIESEL ENGINES ARE MADE TO BURN MORE CLEANLY THAN THE OLDER ONES.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icptba
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