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Old August 17th, 2004, 14:35   #1
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By Monica Link
Automotive News / August 17, 2004



DETROIT -- By 2015, 20 percent of vehicles sold in the United States could be diesel powered, said Kevin DeHart, senior vice president of diesel systems for Robert Bosch Corp.

“We see diesels as no problem,” DeHart said Tuesday at a panel discussing auto technologies.

DeHart’s prediction follows the Chrysler group’s announcement that 14,000 consumers expressed interest in the 2005 diesel-powered Jeep Liberty that will go on sale in early 2005. That interest level is nearly three times greater than the automaker expected, DeHart said.

Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have developed diesels for the United States. Bosch provides fuel system parts for the Mercedes and Jeep diesel models in the United States and for diesel-powered vehicles in Europe. In many European markets, vehicles with diesel-powered engines outsell those with gasoline-powered engines.

Interest in diesel-powered vehicles in the United States has increased as the price of gasoline has risen.

Recent developments have made diesel-powered engines cleaner and more efficient, but they still emit more oxides of nitrogen than gasoline-powered vehicles, and engineers are unsure whether diesels can meet the next round of clean-air guidelines.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 17:32   #2
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DC sent me a survey on the price premium for the diesel Liberty. All signs point to $1500 more than the 3.7L. In the UK they're $1800 more than the 3.7L. It's possible that you can spend a $5000 premium, that is if you can't wait to custom order a CRD, and you "must" buy a CRD on the showroom floor. The dealers shortly after 10/25/04 (first build date) will have a lot of pride in their 1-2 CRD's fresh from the factory and they'll make you pay for it. I'm waiting to custom order mine in November for $300 over invoice, so I'll get exactly what I want and not pay up the arse.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 22:41   #3
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if your location is still in CA how are you going to order a new diesel?
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Old August 18th, 2004, 07:23   #4
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Isn't this considered a truck? If so, it's available.
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It's not going to be sold in the CARB states regardless of how it's defined. Trucks have emissions requirements as well. Dodge couldn't sell their HO diesel in the CARB states in '03-'04.
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if your location is still in CA how are you going to order a new diesel?
I'm getting it in AZ.
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Bosch provides fuel system parts for the Mercedes and Jeep diesel models in the United States and for diesel-powered vehicles in Europe.
Hrmmm. Bosch also provides fuel system parts for VW. Unless you don't count the injectors, fuel pump, and ECU...



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