Citroën took advantage of this week's election of a new Pope to promote its clean diesel initiatives. The advertisement in the video below shows one determined Citroën engineer as he climbs atop the Vatican to take care of a pesky black smoke problem. After he works his magic, the famous chimney starts puffing out white smoke instead. We would think a clean diesel would yield no smoke at all, but hey, that's just us. We will say the opportunistic commercial is at least good for a chuckle. You can check it out in the ad below.

The French automaker unveiled a number of vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, including the updated 2013 C3 shown below. The five door can be had with a spate of engine options, including at least four clean diesel options with power ranging from 70 to 115 ponies.



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      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      White smoke, Black smoke, Organized religion.... all toxic in their own ways, lol.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unfortunatelly these small diesel cars are not for sale in north-america. in europe diesel represent approx 50% of the cars. I was interrested by a volkwagen golf diesel back in 2005 but it was price at 25 000$ and i choosed a dodge neon instead for 12 000$ , LOL. All diesel cars i seen here were smelling very bad. One time an audi diesel was on my side while we were waiting at a red light in summer then he got in front of me and the smell was awful. Imagine the smell if 50% of the cars were diesel in north-america, whoaa. They say clean diesel but there is no clean diesel, it\'s a lie, it\'s always smelly. Big tractor-trailer trucks smell less because the tips of the exhaust is 12 feets high, so the fumes goes high in the air and we don\'t breath it.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        I got a 2004 VW Jetta TDI in the family. Had it for a few years. NEVER have I smelled the fuel unless it was getting refueled or when I cleaned the water separator. What you are talking about is very rare with modern diesels. I have driven around or behind other newer diesels from MB, VW, Audi, BMW and never noticed a nasty diesel odor. Given that Americans do more highway driving than anyone, diesels make a lot of sense in the US as diesels shine in efficiency on the highway. Hybrids do better in city driving. Oh and diesel engines last longer, another bonus for Americans who typically drive their cars longer than most others in comparable countries. There are bad sides to diesel, but the good outweigh them in my opinion.
          Trist
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
          I had the same car, and can attest to never smelling diesel unless it was at the fuel station or draining the fuel filter water separator, or the time I had to replace the in tank lift pump because VW refused to issue a recall for it. I've driven and been around Audi 5000 diesel, 190D, 350SDL, ALH Jetta Diesel, Suburban Diesel and my wrecked 05 PD Jetta Diesel.
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      White smoke = engine oil or coolant in the combustion chamber. Either your headgasket is blown or your engine is royally screwed.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Particulate filters work well when the vehicle is new but how well do they work after 5, 10, 15 years? If the cars get dirtier over time then they may not do much to reduce smog.
        Walt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Particulate filters aren't there to reduce smog. They're used to reduce particulate emissions from the tailpipe, i.e. black soot. As particulates build up in the filter, the engine management system will call for post ignition fuel delivery. That additional fuel will go through the exhaust and hit the hot particulate filter and burn off trapped particulates, thereby cleaning the filter.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dude, there is a 'glass art' shop down the way. No need to climb on the roof for a puff.