NEW YORK -- A growing number of experts and industry watchers seem convinced the diesel engine is the answer to Detroit’s fuel-economy woes, but before we get carried away with diesel mania, let’s consider a few things: Diesels account for almost 40% of new car sales in Europe because they provide 25%-30% better mileage. That’s really important in Europe because taxes push gasoline prices to the equivalent of $4-$5 a gallon. Plus diesel fuel gets a tax break. Volkswagen AG sells ...

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