Group ‘Applauds Domestic Automakers’ Support for Biodiesel’
The National Biodiesel Board is celebrating General Motors’ introduction, at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Florida, of the diesel-fueled Chevrolet Cruze sedan for 2014 – for which the automaker has approved B20 biodiesel use.
The car has a 2.0-liter, 148-horsepower turbo-diesel engine. “It is the cleanest diesel passenger car engine ever produced by General Motors,” the automaker says.
“Today’s new technology diesel engines powered by ultra-low sulfur biodiesel blends provide tailpipe emissions as clean or cleaner than natural gas or gasoline, while providing superior fuel economy, horsepower, and durability,” NBB technical director Steve Howell said in an association release.
“We applaud General Motors for its foresight in approving the new diesel Chevy Cruze for use with B20 biodiesel blends,” he said.
NBB is also talking up the Chevy Cruze’s estimated 42 miles per gallon highway fuel efficiency with automatic transmission, and noted that the 2.0-liter engine “is based on proven architecture already used in European models, where approximately 40% of all Cruze models sold feature a diesel engine.”
‘A Proven Engine from Europe’
“We’ve adapted a proven engine from Europe, the world’s diesel capital, and married it with the emissions-reducing technology that was perfected in the United States,” GM chief engineer Jens Wartha said in the manufacturer’s announcement. “This Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel represents a new era in diesel performance for American cars,” Wartha said.
GM says it produces approximately half a million small diesel engines worldwide each year.
Beyond GM, NBB says that “a bumper crop of new 2013 clean diesel vehicles” is appearing at U.S. dealers, including B20-approved models from Ford and Chrysler. Chrysler’s 2013 Ram heavy duty diesel pickups are approved for general use with B20 by all customers beginning in January 2013, the association says. Chrysler had previously restricted its B20 assent to fleet operators.
“Nearly 80% of manufacturers selling diesel vehicles and equipment in the U.S. now warranty them for use with high-quality B20 biodiesel blends,” NBB adds.
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Source: NBB and GM releases with Fleets & Fuels follow-up