Japan's Diesel Phoenix?
The market for diesel technology just got a little more interesting. Nissan has announced they’ve become the first Japanese car maker to launch a diesel vehicle in Japan for six years. Nissan and Renault co-developed the X-Trail 20GT SUV’s oil-burning engine to create the world’s first Japanese emissions-pleasing “clean” diesel. The only other diesel car that meets the world’s toughest particulate regs: the Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI sedan. The Merc costs 8 million yen ($73,510); the X-Trail 20GT just 3 million yen ($27,710). Other car makers aren’t far behind. Volkswagen, Honda, Mitsubishi and Subaru are all planning to offer diesels in Japan. Meanwhile, Toyota’s pulled all diesels from their Japanese line-up (the last being the Land Cruiser Prado) and continue to push hybrids. With the Japanese government planning on placing consumer incentives on diesels meeting the new standards, and Toyota and Honda’s hybrids set to fall in price, it looks like Japanese enthusiasts will have a genuine diesel vs. hybrid debates. Lucky them.
Agreed, but ummm it's kinda like hybrids... it allows to develop the technology to handle hydrogen ahead. In BS hybrid case... it's battery technology. Which is the only useful application I see for such complex machinery. Cammy, do you know if Japanese diesel emissions standards are similar to Euro 5 or tougher?
I for one would be leery of having compressed gas tanks in my automobile. If it's anything like SCUBA tanks, you would really have to pay attention to the tanks,same goes with hydrogen, except hydrogen spontaneously combusts in air (with an invisible flame too!). I'll go for diesel until we come up with solutions to some of the lingering issues.
Stingray, The EU are concentrating on lowering CO2, which is where diesel will excel over petrol (but still be beaten by hybrids). But I don't trust our laws. Remember the Germans lobby HARD to make emission laws favourable, after all, the don't want to restrict their auto industry, too much, do they....?