Every member of the GM Authority crew has dreams for General Motors that he would love to see come to fruition. Some of us want Pontiac to rise from the ashes to become that performance brand it always deserved to be. Others want to see GM ratchet up Cadillac to be the world class brand it once was. And others want to see a (non-truck) diesel vehicle make its way to the United States. As such, we’re glad to report that at least one of these wishes could come true.
According to a tweet from Wards Auto, General Motors Vice Chairman Tom Stephens told attendees of the Directions in Engine-Efficiency and Emissions Research (DEER) conference in Detroit that a diesel-powered passenger vehicle could make its way to the US market in the future. Making sure we remain on our toes, Stephens went on to say that there aren’t any concrete plans to do so at this point in time.
The GM Authority Take
The real question here is which GM model(s) would get the diesel mill. Stephens indicated at the conference that GM has a wide range of diesels to choose from and that it would be up to the marketing department to decide which engine and platform would be used. Broadly speaking, GM has two options in taking the diesel route: either use an existing vehicle and equip it with a diesel powertrain or engineer a completely new vehicle with a diesel mill.
What path will GM take? We’d bet on the former, but only time will tell whether we’re right. Hopefully, The General has learned its lesson from the 80s: using an Olds 350 V8, slicing off 2 cylinders, and selling it as a 6-cylinder diesel is not a good idea.
Source: Autoblog Green