Autoblog Audi Mileage Marathon Blog Misses It Again!

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
autoblog audi mileage marathon blog misses it again

You know how it is. You step out of the office for a transcontinetal journey to prove the worth of diesel propulsion to a skeptical– not to say distracted, disinterested and dismissive– nation and bang! The whole oil burner thing blows up in your face. Well, not literally. That would be WAY too exciting. No, I mean the major diesel story lies elsewhere. This time it’s Toyota, who’ve announced that they’re NOT going to build a diesel-powered Tundra. Automotive News [sub] reports that ToMoCo NA Prez Jim Lentz confirmed that the development of a diesel-engine variant of the Tundra has been deep-sixed. While a diesel option has “not been canceled outright,” it’s been cancelled forthwith. (See how that works?) AN says “That’s a big step back from Toyota telling dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention last year that a diesel would arrive by 2010 or 2011.”

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  • Robert Farago Robert Farago on Oct 08, 2008

    baabthesaab : Point taken. Text amended to "disengaged."

  • Chuckgoolsbee Chuckgoolsbee on Oct 08, 2008

    Damn. I hope SOMETHING arrives on our shores as a nice option to the VW Jetta TDI. I love my TDI, I just don't get much joy out of a 4 door sedan. Is a fun little oil-burning commute car too much to ask? If you look beyond hairy-chested trucks, there is literally NO choice in this market. While I see plenty of morons commuting in a truck I'm not ever going to join that crowd. 45 MPG is as low as I'll ever go. Perhaps I'll get a grey market toy from the EU... Alfa Spider JTDM maybe? TT TDI? Maybe I'll Frankenstein a TDI motor into a Miata, or an Elise. --chuck

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  • Davey49 Davey49 on Oct 08, 2008

    I suppose this means Toyota isn't going to attempt the HD market just yet.