Issue No. 2, 2006
By Peter Nunn
Within the car industry today, there’s a lot of debate about diesel. The brightest and best of diesels today are smooth, clean, fast and quiet; in short, pretty much everything older generations of diesels were not.
Diesels now make up half the European market and are set to make new inroads into the
First, the numbers. Last year
First, image. To many Japanese, diesels are still seen as slow, smelly and noisy. It’s a fact however that
But these clean, torquey diesels get to be found in
So while diesel fuel is 20% cheaper than petrol and diesels are inherently more efficient than petrol engines, Japanese drivers typically don’t drive long enough or far enough annually to overcome the extra cost of buying a diesel car in the first place and make the whole cost saving benefits of diesel add up.
Compounding the issue, car makers and importers in
Modern diesels are good for the environment, however, thanks to their economy. Less fuel used means less carbon dioxide emissions, one of the major causes of global warming.
2006 meantime could mark a new turning point for diesel in
Today’s state-of-the-art diesels really are superb. So, yes,