Diesel gets its day

For about four years, I have been writing columns saying that Americans need to quit taking Toyota’s spoon-fed mantra that hybrids are the answer to the fuel economy question and look at diesel. Diesel engines are 30% more efficient than gasoline motors. Slap a turbo charger under the hood and you might even have an efficient car that is fun to drive. And yes, Dan Becker, you and the Sierra Club can stop wringing your hands. New technology will clean up the dirty exhaust. Sure, hybrids like the Prius offer great technology and get points for being unique. But the Prius gets my adrenaline pumping like re-runs of “Dallas.” And Toyota’s “fun to drive” Lexus hybrids don’t get great fuel economy.

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