A new diesel fuel refined from natural gas is now powering two Mercedes M-class SUVs in South Africa. Developed with gas-to-liquid technology, the two SUVs are believed to be the first regularly-running vehicles on GTL diesel. The new diesel has a cetane rating higher than diesel found in Europe. Other reported benefits include quieter operation and lower emissions but fuel economy is down. The GTL diesel was developed in a joint venture between Sasol and Chevron. The diesel-powered M-class SUVs were donated by Sasol Chevron to the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust and come with a big-cat paint scheme.
[Source: Richard Yarrow / The Car Connection]