2010 diesel cars in the USA: here’s the lineup

Wait! Have you seen our guide to 2011 diesel cars yet?

There really hasn’t been any significant increase in the number of diesel cars available on the US market since our 2009 diesel car post from last year.  While common in Europe, stricter emissions requirements in some states and the recent temporary bout of high priced diesel fuel here has most car manufacturers hesitant to invest the money for what has only shown to be a small segment of the market so far in the United States.

Here is this year’s list of which 2010 diesel cars that automobile manufacturers will be offering:

ACURA:

Acura does not offer a diesel model.

AUDI:

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AUDI Q7 and A3 TDI, courtesy Audi

A3 2.0 TDI clean diesel is available, details here, a small hatchback that gets 30 mpg hwy, 42 city.

Audi Q7 TDI will be Audi’s diesel engined SUV, getting 17 mpg city, 25 mpg hwy.  Details available here.

These vehicle will take a maximum of B5 biodiesel.

BMW:

From BMW USA:

335d“We offer two diesels, the BMW Advanced Diesel 335d and the X5xDrive35d.  They have been on sale since January of this year.”x5_xDrive_35d

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BUICK:

No Buick diesels for 2010

CADILLAC:

No Cadillac Diesels

CHEVROLET:

No diesel engine cars for Chevy  this year.

CHRYSLER, JEEP, and DODGE:

No diesel cars this year for Chrysler brands.

FORD:

No diesel cars for Ford this year.

HONDA:

From Honda: “There are no current plans to bring a diesel-powered vehicle to the US in 2010.“

HYUNDAI:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

KIA:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

LEXUS:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

LINCOLN:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

MAZDA:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

MERCEDES-BENZ:

Mercedes ML-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz
Mercedes ML-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz

This year Mercedes offers the ML350 sport utility, 18 mpg city 26 hwy, R350 crossover, 18 mpg city 24 hwy, and the GL350 sport utility, 17 mpg ciy 23 hwy.  According to a representitive in addition to the above  Mercedes USA  will be adding the E350 to the famous Blutec Diesel line later in the year.

Mercedes RL-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz
Mercedes RL-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz
Mercedes GL-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz
Mercedes GL-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz

MERCURY:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

MITSUBISHI:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

NISSAN:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

PONTIAC:

The Pontiac brand has been discontinued.  Although the EPA lists a few Pontiacs for 2010, GM does not.

SAAB:

Saab, a division of GM,  formerly sold a diesel model. But it does not have one this year in the US, or in other countries.

SATURN:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

SUBARU:

In other countries, Subura offers the Legacy, Impreza, Outback, and Forrester all equipped with their impressive diesel boxer motor.  Sadly, none of those are available here so equipped.

TOYOTA:

No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.

VOLKSWAGEN:

Volkswagon Jetta courtesy Volkswagon
Volkswagen Jetta courtesy Volkswagen
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Volkswagen Golf TDI courtesy Volkswagen

Volkswagen will have the Jetta, 30 city 42 hwy , The Golf, 30 city 42 hwy, and the  Touareg SUV 18 city, 26 hwy.  These vehicle will take a maximum of B5 biodiesel.  To learn more, visit Volkswagen’s Clean Diesel Site

Volkswagon Touareg courtesy Volkswagon
Volkswagen Touareg courtesy Volkswagen

VOLVO:

Although there was talk of a 2010 diesel SUV from Volvo, it has failed to materialize.

Eco-news you can use for September, 2009

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Photo courtesy of Steve Rhodes at Flickr.com

Here at the Practical Environmentalist, we’re green news junkies. We keep an eagle eye out for the latest science, social, and environmental developments and try to sum up the big picture. A lot of exciting things are going on right now, with greentech leading the way.

A company in Salt Lake City is developing a new type of deep storage battery. When used along with solar panels, backyard wind turbines, or biofuel microturbines, these could be a key component in a decentralized power grid.

There’s a pilot project in Boulder Colorado that could be the shape of things to come. It combines smart meters with some other neat tricks. The result is a power grid that gets more usefulness with less emissions. This type of system may be deployed nationwide in the near future:

The stimulus package includes $11 billion toward modernizing the electric grid, including the development of renewable energy.

While scientists and entrepreneurs are working on building a more efficient and green power grid, other research is showing surprising side effects from pollution. A small study in New York found a solid link between exposure to prenatal pollution and child development. This study is likely to strengthen the voices of people living in communities downwind of smokestacks or downriver of factories.

Advocates for environmental justice are also raising concerns about emissions from shipping. When cargo ships operate in international waters, they often burn some of the dirtiest fuels available. Many ships currently burn bunker oil; a low-grade fuel that is more like tar than the gasoline found at a corner gas station.

If these emissions are covered by an international carbon tax, there will be a huge incentive for shipping companies to use cleaner fuels. Already, many countries regulate emissions around their port cities, and the shipping lines switch to cleaner, more expensive fuels near shore. Because of this, most ships already have the capability to burn cleaner fuels, yet they choose to use cheap fuels that have dangerous emissions.

In the near future, the ocean may be the source of clean burning fuels. Exxon has made its first big investment in algae derived fuels, and the potential market for these 2nd generation biofuels is huge. Of course, that market could collapse if the oceans boil away first.

There are several major engineering proposals on how to combat climate change. These so-called “geo-engineering” projects include some pretty crazy ideas, such as putting mirrors in orbit to deflect sunlight or covering glaciers with insulation. A recently proposed idea is to stimulate algae growth in the North Sea. Transforming the North Sea into a huge carbon sink would have about as much effect as replanting all of the rainforest in Brazil, with the added benefit of stimulating devastated fish hatcheries. The side effects of massive engineering projects like this are largely unknown though, and that’s a major cause for concern.

Finally – here’s an interesting article about clam shell packages. It includes tips for safely opening these tricky containers (try a can opener) and a discussion about the environmental impact of heavy plastic packaging. By 2012, it’s estimated that roughly 1.1 billion pounds of resin will be trashed from these clamshells alone. As a result, there’s increasing interest in biodegradeable packaging that can also provide security for its contents.

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Photo courtesy of Derek K. Miller, penmachine.com at Flickr.com