Following Volkswagen Group’s disastrous diesel scandal, it left a void for mainstream diesel vehicles, and that’s something General Motors will continue to exploit.
Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president-Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, made the comments during the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars, according to Wards Auto, and reaffirmed the automaker’s commitment to diesel-powered vehicles. In the future, he alluded to diesel engines arriving in all shapes, sizes and vehicle segments—someting we’ve already begun to see.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and 2018 GMC Terrain will be among the only crossovers to offer a diesel engine when the vehicles begin shipping out to dealerships; the Chevrolet Cruze diesel is the only new-mainstream compact car available with a diesel powertrain, unless a “new” and “fixed” Volkswagen diesel is on a buyer’s shopping list.
Although their cleanliness has been a hot topic, there’s no denying the diesel engines’ efficiency. Surpassing the 50 MPG mark in a non-hybrid vehicle—a feat achieved by the Cruze diesel—is a pretty big deal. This strategy will certainly allow GM to continue achieving CAFE requirements and any future fuel economy regulations that come and go.