GM Won’t Stop Believin’ in the Future of Diesel


It’s true that recent sales would indicate that the future of diesel is questionable. In Europe, diesel sales are dropping. However, according to General Motors powertrain executive Pierpaolo Antonioli, new developments in diesel powertrains could mean that nitrogen oxide emissions will be decreased to a minimum, maintaining diesel’s place as an efficient option.

With recent and impressive diesel releases, it’s apparent that GM is still prioritizing the development and improvement of diesel powertrains, as you can see on our lot at Bill Walsh Streator. For instance, not long ago the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks were released with remarkably efficient diesel powertrains, earning EPA certified ratings of 30 mpg highway. Just this January, the company announced its intention to bring a 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel engine to the Chevrolet Silverado.

Threats to ban diesel may be one reason why diesel sales have dropped in Europe as of late. Representatives from the Transport & Environment advocacy group in Brussels suggest that the potential negative effects of diesel powertrains is because of poor decisions by the industry itself. So, GM’s ability to effectively develop efficient diesel powertrains could be just what the market needs to turn around sales and to earn buyers’ trust in diesel.

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