Diesel engines have been around for a long time.
Rudolf Diesel rolled out the first design way back in 1892. While that original engine looked a bit different than the ones you see today, it laid the groundwork for many years of innovation.
Despite the less than stellar reputation diesels had with the average car buyer for many years, new technology and demand for better fuel economy has created a resurgence in the popularity of diesels.
Keep reading for a closer look at the future of diesel engines.
New Models are Connecting With Buyers
The future of diesel engines is looking bright with the popularity of diesels in cars and smaller trucks.
GM, for example, has done a great job of bringing diesels to the masses with vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze.
The old stereotype of diesel cars that are smoky, noisy, and sluggish is largely gone.
Small Diesels are Here to Stay
With Diesel engines becoming so popular in smaller vehicles, it's clear: they're here to stay.
From Ford to BMW, manufacturers are embracing diesels in cars and small trucks as an efficient alternative to traditional gasoline engines.
While it might be hard to make the connection, this is great news for diesel truck guys too. The more diesels there are out there -- whether big or small -- the more innovation we're likely to see with the platform.
Efficiency is King
I don't have to tell you about the inherent efficiency of Diesel engines.
A spark-less ignition system also means there's that much less going on under the hood, adding an extra layer of efficiency to diesels.
Fuel efficiency is one area that smaller diesel vehicles are taking advantage of and will no doubt continue to innovate in the future.
Still the Most Dependable Engines Around
Just as a spark-less ignition system makes diesels more efficient, it also makes them more reliable.
The ignition system in gasoline engines is the source of many common car troubles. Diesels eliminate these problems altogether.
The inherent strength found in diesel engines also adds to their reliability.
Diesel Engines -- Easier on the Environment
One other big advantage of Diesel engines is that they're easier on the environment than their gasoline-powered counterparts.
Most diesel drivers are well aware of the increased fuel economy you get with a diesel, but did you also know that diesels produce less CO2 than gas engines?
As emissions regulations continue to tighten, environmental impact will play a big part in the future of diesel engines.
A Final Look at the Future of Diesel Engines
Innovation continues to drive diesels forward. And the growing popularity of the platform will only fuel the fire.
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