And it didn't help things when VW got into trouble with its diesel programming and got hit hard by the EPA.
GM had a major stake in VM (not VW) engines of Italy. They dumped their stake in VM when they had their financial woes and bail out stuff went down. VM makes some good diesel engines. I had one in my 2006 Jeep Liberty. GM did steal away the main engineer on the 2.8L VM diesel and rebranded the VM 2.8L as their Dmax that is now in the Colorado / Canyon pickups. That motor was developed when GM was still in VM, so they really didn't steal the design. Except for a couple of minor details, the engine is identical to the 2.8L VM diesel I had in my Jeep. At least they got that one right.
Folks in the U.S. are more comfortable with gasoline engines in their cars. Diesel has an uphill battle to gain market share in the U.S. Many folks just aren't perked up when the word diesel is mentioned. I only use diesel for my commercial stuff. If it was practical to walk away from diesel and never deal with it again, I wouldn't even let the screen door hit me on the way out. Retirement just can't get here quick enough!
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Last edited by Copperhead; 05-18-2019 at 10:33 PM.