GM “Fundamentally” in Favor of Expanding US Diesel Line-Up
December 14, 2012
by Paul A. Eisenstein
With its first light-duty diesel set to debut in a manner of months, senior General Motors officials are giving clear indications that they’re ready to launch additional applications of the high-mileage technology, including a diesel for the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.
“There is, fundamentally, a place for diesel here,” said GM President Mark Reuss, during an interview following the preview of the completely redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The executive stressed that he is “personally” in favor of adding more of the so-called oil-burners to GM’s North American line-up.
The first light-duty offering will come later this year in the Chevrolet Cruze sedan which will begin being offered with a modified version of the diesel now available for the compact model in Europe.
Though GM currently offers a diesel in its heavy-duty pickup line here in the U.S., it has stuck with gasoline power for the light-duty models. And a splashy Thursday preview of the 2014 Silverado and Sierra models focused on only three gas models, a new V-6 and two V-8s. All will be significantly more fuel-efficient than the powertrains they replace thanks to the new use of such technologies as Direct Injection, Continuously Variable Valve Timing and Cylinder Deactivation.
But when asked about other options, Reuss pointedly suggested there will be “more to come,” a phrase he repeated when asked if that might include diesels.
“I personally think there’s a place for diesels” in the truck line-up “in the future,” he indicated.
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