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GM Bringing More Turbodiesel Models to U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/6/2014 Jason Udy
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With the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel meeting initial sales expectations, General Motors is planning more turbodiesel models for the U.S., Automotive News reports. The automaker says diesel-powered vehicles could represent 10 percent of the U.S. car market by the end of the decade.

“The Chevrolet Cruze diesel will be the first of many diesel-powered passenger cars General Motors will offer in the United States,” Steve Kiefer, GM vice president of global powertrain, said this week at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars.

Besides the Cruze Diesel, GM also offers the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD with a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 engine, while the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer a 2.8-liter Duramax I-4.

While GM was mum on the next model to receive a turbodiesel option, we expect the light-duty Silverado and Sierra to get a turbodiesel to compete against the fuel-efficient Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. More small passenger cars are also possible.

“We will continue to introduce more diesels as appropriate and as the market accepts them,” Kiefer said.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)


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