BorgWarner and Bosch, two manufacturers of diesel components, have co-founded the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars. This new group will promote the fuel efficiency and environmental benefits of modern diesel cars. The coalition's first announcement was to complain that gasoline is taxed at a lower rate than diesel and how this price difference hampers diesel's competitiveness. The taxes run in exactly the opposite direction in most European countries. The average gallon of U.S. diesel cos
While VW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and even Jeep will market diesel vehicles with BLUETEC technology in the U.S. soon, BMW will go its own way. BMW wants to develop a urea-based technology to reduce NOx before making a sustained push here with diesel products. The company already offers a number of diesel cars in Europe where emissions standards aren't as tough. BLUETEC with AdBlue, which was developed by Mercedes and Bosch, meets strict 2009 U.S. standards. AdBlue uses urea-based additives to cut NO
The aptly named Diesel Forecast is reporting on a diesel technology discussion involving BMW, Volvo, Audi, and Bosch, and the path that each may take to address the increasingly-stringent emission requirements in the U.S. and in Europe.
German engineering union IG Metall will start "warning strikes" at DaimlerChrylser, Porsche and Bosch plants in southwestern Germany, beginning March 1. Such token job actions by German unions are often used as a bargaining lever with companies before launching full-blown strikes.