When is FORD going to start providing any of their small (under 2.0 liter) Euro turbo diesel Duratorq
engines in the US market?
There appear to be a significant number of Duratorq drive trains achieving 42/ to 56/ mpg(US) combined/[highway]. Then there are the Mazda and Volvo offerings in same fuel frugal class.
See vehicles rated above
51 and 61 mpg(Imperial) [42 and 50 mpg(US)]
combined cycle on this VCA database:
I agree that there is a concern about the magnitude of fuel economy loss to comply with domestic emissions requirements.
And I also agree that there is a concern about the incremental cost for clean small
turbo diesel engine.
The consumer is NOT interested specifically in SMALL VEHICLES! They ARE interested in FUEL FRUGAL vehicles ... regardless of size. And these Duratorq diesels seem to be the quickest solution providing a practical bridge to future fuel frugal automotive technologies.
Just think what a 1.4 to 2.0 liter Euro diesel could do for fuel economy ratings of the Cruze or Flex ... or anything else for that matter.
The over 2.0 liter Duratorq might do wonders for pickup, SUV, and van fuel economies. Wonder what 30~40 mpg would do to their sales volumes?
Considering current economic conditions including oil imports (and their cost) ... without these classes of fuel frugal vehicles in large volumes, it is reasonable to predict total domestic annual auto sales will be less than 11.5 million units with a Det3 share less than 5 million units (you can guess what Det3 US builds for domestic consumption will be).
These conditions will last at least 3 years in the absence of one or more vehicles available in volume that significantly saves on fuel consumption costs (in the 2 gallons/100 miles range or better) to provide some economic justification for the purchase and an upturn in the economy.
Sorry ... even an incremental step to a true 35 mpg combined average ... JUST DOES NOT CUT IT!
Let me make this perfectly clear ... I WILL NOT BUY ANY VEHICLE THAT CAN NOT PROVIDE BETTER THAN 48 mpg(US) combined average FUEL ECONOMY.
Well, $500.00 ... OK, maybe up to $1,000 for above 38 mpg??? That is what I paid for my used 95 Civic that consistantly provides 38/45 mpg average/highway.
What our family really NEEDS is an affordable 48 mpg combined average (or better) 5 passenger 4/5 door vehicle with AT (6 speed dual-clutch?) AC PS.
Just an additional note: Here in NC there are a very large number of fuel frugal late 1980s to mid 1990s high mpg vehicles being reconditioned and put back on the road (Hondas, Toyotas, Metros, ... the list goes on).
Good LUCK to FORD, the Det3, and their employees.