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 #464  by Moto
 Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:22 am
LeftLaneNews wrote:Suzuki is hoping that its Kizashi sports sedan will reinvent the brand in North America – and now, the Japanese automaker says that it plans to kick off sales later this year in Europe’s largest car market, Germany.

The Kizashi will be introduced in Germany in October, where it will compete with cars like the Opel Insignia, Seat Exeo and Toyota Avensis.

However, the only powertrain to be offered – at least initially – will be the 2.4-liter four-cylinder that also does duty in North American Kizashis. While power ratings of around 180 horsepower are decent for the four-banger, the European market has long been drawn to diesels. A diesel is said to be on the drawing board, however, thanks to Suzuki’s recent engineering tie-up with Volkswagen.

Pricing will be announced closer to the Kizashi’s on-sale date in October.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/suzuki-to-s ... rmany.html
 #46246  by Tom Kizzie
 Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:39 am
diesel is slowly getting less popular now. I"ve never liked so much and before going diesel i at least wanted to drive 50000km. I like diesel for industriel machinery and gas for cooking.
friend and colleques who drove diesel for years now slowly start buying gasoline cars again
 #46260  by KuroNekko
 Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:52 pm
Tom Kizzie wrote:diesel is slowly getting less popular now. I"ve never liked so much and before going diesel i at least wanted to drive 50000km. I like diesel for industriel machinery and gas for cooking.
friend and colleques who drove diesel for years now slowly start buying gasoline cars again


I think diesel is facing obsolesce for many people, even in Europe. Gasoline technology is getting better at closing the gap between gasoline and diesel in efficiency. Mazda also just developed a compression ignition gasoline engine. It works like a diesel for the efficiency but burns gasoline, making it cheaper for most people in the US.
Furthermore, diesel has higher NOx emissions which are tied to respiratory illnesses and cancer more so than gasoline. In this regard, I know some governments in Europe are rethinking diesel. Combined with the huge VW TDI scandal, it seems like the future is bleak with diesel. While some companies like GM and Mazda are releasing new diesels in the US, the stalwarts of diesel are actually backing off. VW is no longer offers any diesels in the US and Mercedes-Benz is apparently quietly no longer offering them. Those two brands were the main diesel names for passenger cars in the US for decades. I think it's pretty clear that electrified powertrains are the future and more efficient gasoline engines will take over diesel in the interim.

That being said, I don't think it will affect pick-up trucks and SUVs in the same way, especially in other countries. However, gasoline is more popular for pick-up trucks and SUVs in the US anyway.