The word diesel still conjures up images of big sooty trucks and bulldozers in the U.S., but in Europe, they’re rapidly becoming the engine of choice. A recent study by the AID Consulting Group shows that 36% of new cars sold in Europe last year were equipped with diesel engines, and they’re predicted to outsell regular gasoline engines as early as 2005. The reason is simple: diesel engines get up to 40% better fuel economy, and that means a lot when you’re paying up to $5 bucks a gallon ...

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