I know a lot of people scoff at Diesel-powered cars - indeed I was one of them until recently - but they have come along so far in the last decade or so that they are forcing people to sit up and take notice. Even the most devout petrol-head can't deny that the diesel engine has become remarkably refined and capable in recent times. For the first time in automotive history, diesel cars are out-selling their gasoline equivalents in certain parts of the World.
The question is, will they ever catch on in America? I'd love to hear some opinions on diesel cars from Americans (and Canadians & Australians too).
Do you think there's a market for them in the USA? Do they sell any at the moment? Or do you regard having anything other than a gas-powered motor under the hood as sacrilege?
All opinions greatly appreciated.
(P.S. Just a video of a diesel 5-Series from the UK show "Top Gear" below.)