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Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 14:08:44 +0100
From: "RichT" <>
Subject: Re: front leg room new Saab 9-3?

"tom reingold" <> wrote in message > > The US makers did diesels a disservice by introducing some really bad > diesel engines in passenger cars. That made the public think that > diesels suck universally, so now they don't sell well. One might even > think it was done deliberately by some conspiracy. > You are correct there. US diesel technology is way behind European and Japanese technology, so US manufacturers are opposed to opening the US market to diesels. Also, the US oil companies have no incentive to see their sales greatly reduced by the introduction of more efficient diesel engines. So the two lobby groups combined and forced through "clean air" legislation which makes diesels a non-starter in the US. The US will not start adopting responsible policies until political decision-makiong is cleaned up.

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