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GM to offer diesel options for some midsize trucks

  • General Motors (GM +1.5%) plans to add diesel options for the new versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
  • The automaker's move to improve gas mileage for the truck lines could be in response to a high-profile shift to aluminum by Ford with its 2015 F-150.
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  • fuzzymc
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    Saw a note about ford F150 this morning stating they hoped to raise mpg by 6pct. If you have a truck that gets 20 mpg that would be 1.2 mpg. I don't think many people will rush to buy a new truck to save 1mpg! You need to drive an awful lot to pay 35k for a truck that saves you 1mpg!
    16 Apr 2014, 03:26 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    fuzzymc,

     

    Indeed, weight influence on HWY MPG is miniscule. it is a function of Aero drag, not weight

     

    http://bit.ly/1d2ewfb

     

    Aluminum will just raise costs, to either the consumer or Ford's margins.

     

    At best Ford will get to even, as GM's V-8 trucks already get better fuel mileage vs Ford's expensive & complex Eco-Boost, twin Turbo, direct injected DOHC V-6

     

    http://bit.ly/1iLKj9z#

     

    Even Toyota agrees with GM's approach, not Ford's

     

    http://bit.ly/PS4RTk
    23 Apr 2014, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • JDoe20
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    Diesels get a fairly good increase over gas engines but added up front cost and the unfortunate premium price on diesel (40% less refining effort of gas) makes them a hard sell unless you will keep it for 150-200+ miles. Let's hope GM and/or F can make them attractive.

     

    If there was just more refining capacity(scale) dedicated to diesel its price should be less than regular vs higher than premium gas now. Additionally, I have read that a diesel hybrid car might get 60-75 mpg which would be a real win for mfg and the rest of us.
    From Truck Article in Feb
    **In the past, diesel engines have been praised for providing up to 30 percent better fuel economy than a comparable gas engine
    16 Apr 2014, 03:43 PM Reply Like
  • vick4717
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    GM announced a diesel engine offering for their new mid size pickup before Ford introduced their aluminum pickup. GM's response to Ford's new aluminum pickup is to introduce their own aluminum pickup in two to three years.
    16 Apr 2014, 04:45 PM Reply Like
  • Budavar
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    GM no longer leader, just follower...
    17 Apr 2014, 07:55 AM Reply Like
  • Budavar
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    Notice GM's acolytes + PR are beginning to use the play book of Bezos at AMZN to plant wee little stories = see above =
    which have usually impact, if any, in the far future.

     

    A sly diversion from the ever-growing crisis threatening its very survival NOW.
    17 Apr 2014, 01:58 AM Reply Like
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