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    The 65-mpg car Ford won't sell in US


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    Re: The 65-mpg car Ford won't sell in US

    Interesting ad for Honda's i-CTDi motor from the UK

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXf5UUnLzwQ

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    Re: The 65-mpg car Ford won't sell in US

    Here's the i-CDTi in a Euro Civic. 60mpg at 50mph.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJTU83GDtr0

    Chip H.

    Former owner: 2012 Honda Civic LX, 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL, 2000 Honda CR-V EX, 2003 MINI Cooper S, 1992 Honda Accord LX, 1999 Mercedes ML-320, 1995 VW Jetta GLX, 1991 Mercury Capri XR2, 1981 Mercury Zephyr, 1975 Chevrolet Impala

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    Re: The 65-mpg car Ford won't sell in US

    It seems like a nice car... regardless of the powerplant.

    Of that, I suspect that Ford knows more than they're telling about Diesels in America.

    There are three factors at work.
    - The energy density of Diesel is pretty high relative to lighter fuels; there are more BTUs available in a gallon of Diesel.
    - The raw efficiency of a Diesel is high relative to other IC engines, so you get more work from the BTUs.
    - ... but there's a fly in the ointment. The Diesel Particulate Filters at the heart of all the Clean Diesel hoopla require constant maintenance, and even if they get it, they eventually clog up. Absent maintenance, they'll clog faster. When the filter clogs, the engine loses power and consumes more fuel.

    Americans won't stand for it. They've become accusomed to decades of electronically controlled gasoline powered appliances that use less fuel than their parents' cars did, and require essentially zero maintenance.


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    Re: The 65-mpg car Ford won't sell in US

    Hi Mike,

    I think diesel-style is good for all kinds of things, but the gasoline is the primary thing, but it does come down to styles of distillates from what is in the ground, and most of us are profoundly ignorant about the oilco's knowledge, or if indeed they fund any research or are just work on 'market'.

    Rob

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