Fuel debate rightly drives GM to add diesels
Voluntary actions promise more than federal gas mileage mandates
July 16, 2007
General Motors Corp. is responding to consumer demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles by bringing diesel engines to its passenger car and light truck fleets. That's appropriate and far better than the unreasonable mandates being pushed by environmental activists and some members of Congress.
The decision to add six- and eight-cylinder diesel engines to some of the Detroit automaker's cars, crossovers, light trucks and sport utility vehicles in coming years could help the company increase its fleetwide fuel economy numbers and reduce the nation's use of oil.
Diesel engines get as much as 40 percent better mileage than gasoline engines, and new, cleaner diesel fuel helps make them viable to build and sell in America. There's also an increasing demand, according to the American Petroleum Institute.