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Wednesday, 8 November, 2006

American-marqued passenger cars ready for bio-diesel power, which shall be in subsidized production as of February.

General Motors Chevrolet Malibu, which is “similar to” the Saab 9-5 available in Europe and Australia with a DMAX 3.0 liter V-6 engine. Similar vehicles: Cadillac BLS and Saturn Aura.

Ford Fusion, and the related crossover Ford Edge, which are “similar to” the Jaguar S-type available outside the United States with the Lion 2.7 liter V-6. Similar vehicles: Lincoln MKZ and MKX, Mazda 6 and CX7, Mercury Milan

Daimler-Chrysler, the company who produced the first diesel powered passenger car in 1934, has no ready-to-run diesel for their U.S. brands in a passenger car. The Mercedes E-class, which until this year provided a diesel for the U.S., is distinct from any Chrysler product. DCX’s smart is coming for the 2008 model year.

Honorable Mention: Toyota has a total of ten plants in the United States, including the former GM-operated Subaru facility in Lafayette, Indiana. Toyota assembles more automobiles in the United States than any other company. Before 2010 they will offer a whole new line of products including the retirement of the name Corolla in 2008 after 39 years. The first of these, the Peugeot-Citroën co-developed Yaris, is on its way to dealers now. Right now, Toyota manufactures a handful of I-4 diesels, primarily for Europe and Brazil. Whether they will license a larger diesel for the Camry, or allow the diesel Yaris into the States is unknown. U.S.-specification H-4 and H-6 diesels are being developed by Toyota’s Subaru division for their all-new line of vehicles, which may be derived from Toyota’s platforms, and are expected in 2009.

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