Unless you’ve driven a diesel-powered passenger car lately, and not many have, it may come as a surprise there no longer is a wait time for the engine to warm up before starting, little or no diesel fumes inside the cabin at startup, enough torque to choke a yak at low rpms and a generous fuel economy of between 35-45 mpg (8L-5L/100 km). Good for helping lighten our dependence on oil and good for global auto makers’ economies of scale, as most countries – other than Japan, which is placing ...

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