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AddGM marketing boss Mark LaNeve apparently unaware that diesel is now cheaper than gas

Over the last several years, we've heard a lot of excuses from many auto executives as to why their companies aren't offering diesel engines in their American market cars. Yesterday, General Motors' Mark LaNeve, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, made an appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. The final question of the segment came from a viewer wondering why GM has failed to offer U.S. consumers the chance to buy some of the high-mileage diesel cars it offers in Europe.

85GM marketing boss Mark LaNeve apparently unaware that diesel is now cheaper than gas

Over the last several years, we've heard a lot of excuses from many auto executives as to why their companies aren't offering diesel engines in their American market cars. Yesterday, General Motors' Mark LaNeve, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, made an appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. The final question of the segment came from a viewer wondering why GM has failed to offer U.S. consumers the chance to buy some of the high-mileage diesel cars it offers in Europe.

19Average diesel fuel price back below mid-grade gasoline nationwide

Since the second half of 2007, the price of diesel in the U.S. has climbed from its historic level of selling at or below the price of regular gas to a point 15-to-20 percent higher than premium for much of 2008.

AddDiesel prices now back below regular gas in Michigan

Since the second half of 2007, the price of diesel fuel in the United States climbed from its traditional place selling at or below the price of regular gas to a point 15-20 percent higher than premium through much of 2008. For automakers that were planning on introducing new 50-state legal diesel vehicles in 2008-9, as well as drivers looking forward to buying them, that was a big problem. The price differential ate up much of the operating cost savings that diesels provide thanks to their grea

AddNaysayers alert: cost of diesel drops below premium gas

At least one barrier to diesel ownership may be falling by the wayside now that the average price for a gallon of diesel fuel has dropped below that of premium gasoline in the United States. According to the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. government, the average price of diesel fuel in this country on February 16th was $2.18. By way of comparison, the average gallon of premium gas: $2.19.

30Average price of diesel drops below premium gas

The diesel engine has never really gotten a fair shake here in the United States, for a variety of reasons. Beyond the biggest of consumer-grade pickup trucks, the majority of diesel engines offered here in the U.S. have been below par, souring many drivers on the notion that an oil-burner can work as everyday transportation. As evidenced by our recent review of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, however, those concerns are ancient history with today's crop of diesel-powered passenger vehicles.

52Are fuel prices hurting acceptance of modern diesels?

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AddU.K. drivers being overcharged for fuel?

Nobody wants to pay more for fuel than they need to. This may especially be true in the UK where, due in large part to heavy taxes, both gas and diesel are much more expensive than they are in the States. Regardless of how much it's taxed, though, as the price for a barrel of crude goes down, so should the cost of fuel for the end consumer, at least in theory. It seems that this isn't entirely the case across the pond, where an investigation is currently underway into current fuel prices. When c

AddSo just why is diesel so much more expensive than gasoline now?

That's a question that defies a simple answer right now. In large part that's because oil companies are so opaque about the realities of their business. Detroit News columnist John McCormick ponders the question of the recent run-up in diesel prices just months ahead of the launch of a slew of new diesel-powered vehicles. Typically, diesel fuel in the U.S. has been at parity or slightly more expensive than gasoline. But in the past couple of months it has shot up to be about thirty percent more

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