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2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

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We recently reported on a comparison test where Autocar pitted three diesels against a gasoline-powered Alfa and the Honda CR-Z hybrid. The results showed that the diesels were the mileage champs in that test with the CR-Z placing fourth and the gas-fed Alfa in last place. Well, comments poured suggesting that the Toyota Prius would have trounced the competition, which is likely true. It was also noted that the whole test was unfair in many ways, which may be right. Fairness aside, there's sever

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Why can't Americans have good, small diesels?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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The Rocky Mountain Institute has created a nifty interactive map that shows you where the U.S. gets its oil from, along with how much - and who - the U.S. pays for its oil. Based on the thickness of the lines, you can see just how much black stuff is coming from where. The map goes as far back as 1973, the year of the first oil crisis, and is accompanied by a graph charting usage and dollars since then. As you'll notice in the pic above, we give a whole lot of money to Saudi Arabia, as well as o

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click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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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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The trucking industry spend $113 billion on diesel fuel last year, and the way prices are going up, the industry will shell out $135 billion this year. To help restrain that kind of runaway profit-loss, the American Trucking Associations has released a list of ideas on how the federal government can lower fuel prices.

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