Americans are all too familiar with gasoline engines. Our diesel engine experience is limited to big trucks, old Mercedes, and a handful of newer VW's. Yet we hear about this high mileage utopia called Europe, where stylish diesels are in every garage.
The message from car companies is "America isn't ready for diesel...we can't make cars that get high mileage...it's all too costly..." Without going to Europe, and hearing messages like these, we logically conclude European diesel cars exist from annonymous brands we've never heard of. Mythical companies shrouded in secret...wooooooh.
Let the truth shine in! Below are interesting links from your favorite car companies. Hopefully these are the cars we'll be driving in the near future.
Warning: the following may increase your desire to leave America.
Honda Civic w/ diesel engine getting 55mpg: http://www.honda.co.uk/cars/civic5door/#fullspecification
Subaru Outback w/ diesel boxer engine, getting 43mpg: http://www.subaru.co.uk/Subaru_co_uk/ViewMenu.qed?menuid=M0M0M1
Toyota Yaris w/ diesel getting 69mpg: http://www.toyota.co.uk/cgi-bin/toyota/bv/generic_editorial.jsp?deepLink=YA5_Specification_new&nodiv=TRUE&fullwidth=TRUE&edname=specSheet_YA5&carModel=Yaris&imgName=bv/CarChapter/YA5/Imagery/YA5_spec.jpg&zone=Zone%20YARIS&navRoot=toyota_1024_root