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64 THE SHOP MARCH 2018 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ couple of years removed from the Volkswagen emissions scandal, manufacturers continue investing in light- duty diesel vehicles. Diesel technology got a major boost at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, as six auto manufacturers announced new clean diesel options for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks. "These announcements demonstrate a strong commitment to clean diesel tech- nology as a fuel-efficient choice for con- sumers, and for achieving cleaner air and fuel economy targets," said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. Some experts have been predicting a rise in the number of light-duty diesel vehicles in the U.S for several years— but momentum was slowed in 2015 following reports that VW used defeat devices to improve test numbers on its diesel engines. "This new generation of clean diesel vehicles has been more scrutinized and evaluated than ever before," Schaeffer noted, adding, "consumers who choose diesel in their next vehicle will experience the unmatched combination of no-com- promise driving performance, very low emissions, fuel efficiency, operating range and towing capacity." He added at NAIAS that in the lineup of available alternative fuel vehicles, diesel was the only one with choices in all vehicle segments—sedans, light trucks, SUVs, vans and luxury performance. "For more than 85 years, diesel pickups have played a significant role in the world's auto market, and none more so than here in the United States," Schaeffer said. "The introduction of new diesel options in truck models like the Silverado 1500 and the F-150 demonstrates the continued signifi- cance of this powertrain for consumers and auto manufacturers around the globe." Reports show that in 2017, more than 65 percent of the 17.25 million vehicles sold in the U.S. were trucks or SUVs. Ford's F-series pickup, GM's Silverado and FCA's Ram pickup represented the top three best- selling vehicles in America. New diesel offerings for 2018/2019 model years reportedly include: • GM's 2019 Silverado pickup—3.0- liter V-6 diesel option among six pow- ertrain choices; • Ford's 2018 F-150 pickup—3.0-liter V-6 Power Stroke diesel option among six powertrain choices; • Fiat Chrysler's 2019 Ram 1500 pickup—3.0-liter diesel option among five powertrain options; • Chevrolet's 2018 Equinox crossover— 1.6-liter turbo diesel option among three powertrain choices; • Chevy's 2018 Cruze and Cruze Hatch compact sedans—1.6-liter diesel option among three powertrain choices; • Jeep's 2019 Wrangler compact SUV— 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel option among three powertrain choices; • BMW's 2018 540d sedan—diesel xDrive option among six powertrain choices; • And the Kia Sorento crossover—diesel option reportedly coming soon. Diesel Vehicles Still Making Inroads A \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ONE MORE THING... New Kia Sorento and Jeep Wrangler models are expected to include diesel engine options. (Photos courtesy Kia, Jeep)

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