Why is it that whenever I come to these auto shows I end up talking about big honking cars becoming marginally more efficient?
Well...one reason is because these are the autos that actually consume the majority of America's gasoline, so it's important to make them more efficient. However, I'm loath to talk about the F-150 being greener, because that certainly doesn't mean it's green. But bringing the diesel platform to America, which has greatly reduced Europe's fuel consumption, is definitely worth getting at least a little bit excited about.
The 2009 model will be a regular gas engine with a 1 mpg increase (mostly due to lighter materials), while 2010 will add "ecoboost" (diesel cycle with gasoline) and diesel versions. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait and see what effect the ecoboost and diesel technology will have on the fuel efficiency.
Note: GM paid for my hotel and travel to the Detroit Auto Show.
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