Power Bits - March 2014

All The Torque That’s Fit To Twist

Tori Tellem
Feb 18, 2014
Photographers: Diesel Power Staff
2015 Chevy Colorado
The midsize ’15 Chevy Colorado pickup will go on sale in the fall, and a diesel version will be available in the truck’s second year: a 2.8L Duramax inline-four. The pickup will debut in WT, LT, and Z71 trims; Z71 is the off-roadiest. There are utility things like a CornerStep rear bumper, two-tier loading for splitting the bed into upper and lower sections, and 13 tie downs. Other good ideas were multiple USB ports, a touch-screen head unit, underseat storage, and loads of other cubby space.
Photo 2/11   |   2015 Chevy Colorado
Too Many Americans Have Never Driven a Diesel Before
Honeywell Turbo surveyed Americans and learned 70 percent have never driven a diesel vehicle, while 73 percent of those under age 35 have never been in a diesel car or truck. But 56 percent viewed diesel fuel more efficient than gas, and 65 percent knew that a diesel can produce more power. Fuel economy was the second most important factor named for whether a vehicle is fun to drive. First was handling.
Photo 3/11   |   2012 Ford Super Duty
Champion Products Now at Summit
Summit Racing is now a carrier of Champion motor oils, lubes, chemicals, and additives. This includes Champion Classic Blue Flame Performance Diesel, a hybrid synthetic blend 15W-40 offering.
Photo 4/11   |   Blue Flame Diesel Oil
Codename: EA288
VW sold 72 percent of all light-duty diesel vehicles in 2013. In 2014, the company’s newest version of the TDI will be revealed, which currently has the codename EA288. Expect more power and more fuel efficiency. Sounds like a good update to us.
“Diesels have come a long way since they were first introduced in the U.S., but that perception of the clunky car with black soot coming out the tailpipe persists. Automakers who are investing in clean diesel technology need to ensure that they are clearly explaining and promoting how diesel technology has changed.”
— Brian Moody, autotrader.com, to Technology Tell
Line-X’s New Truck Parts Division
You already know Line-X as a protective coating/bedliner; now also know it as Line-X Truck Gear…or Truck Gear by Line-X. Either way, it’s a private label accessories line, including items like step bars, bull bars, and tonneau covers.
Photo 5/11   |   Line X Truck Part Division
VW Hybrid Makes 256.8 mpg
A hybrid version of the VW up! car has been revealed, featuring a 0.8L two-cylinder turbodiesel that works with a 27 kW electric motor and seven-speed DSG trans. The trio should help the car put out 256.8 mpg.
Photo 6/11   |   Vw Hybrid
Rumor of the Moment:
Mazda will have two racers in the USCC series—with modified diesel mills.
Hyundai is building a diesel engine that isn’t a diesel engine that doesn’t run on diesel but rather gas?
Porsche Macan
The ’15 Porsche Macan, a crossover, will be available in S and Turbo skin. No diesel for the U.S. at launch, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Euro-only Audi SQ5 TDI engine find its way under the hood. The twin-turbo 3.0L V-6 manages an impressive 313 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque.
Photo 7/11   |   2015 Porsche Macan
Audi Diesel
Watch for an all-new ’15 Audi A3 model with a diesel in 2014.
Photo 8/11   |   2015 Audi A3
“Diesel is no longer a dirty word, as modern ‘clean diesel’ engines are as clean, or cleaner, than their gasoline counterparts and, depending on the car, nearly match them for NVH and noise levels. Today’s diesels exhibit none of the negative aspects of their predecessors, including smoke, noise, or smell. Because of the abundant amount of torque, diesels are fun to drive and suffer less of a fuel economy penalty when driven hard, as compared to a gas engine.”
— Diesel Power magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Sean P. Holman in an interview with the NY Daily News about diesel’s comeback in the U.S.
Diesel Bits
We’re confused: Yokohama is the Official Tire of the L.A. Clippers? Basketball’s L.A. Clippers? Basketball has tires?
Renault has major European government support to develop diesel hybrid technology.
The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco approved 50 new 40-foot hybrid buses. There are 62 already in existence there.
New diesel-hybrid tech in the works from Renault?
There’s a new diesel formulation, Shell Diesel FiT (Fuel Injection Technology), available. It was just intro’d to more than 100 Shell stations in Seattle, Washington.
All ’14 Chrysler vehicles, including Ram and Jeep, will have a one-year subscription to Sirius XM Radio when outfitted with UConnect.
Gotengines.com has expanded its replacement-engine lineup to now include used 6.0L and 7.3L Power Stroke engines.
Photo 9/11   |   Got Engines Website
What is the L.L. Bean Bootmobile? Just what you think: a giant mobile boot. Or a Ford F-250 disguised as one.
Fiat bought half of VM Motori a couple of years ago. Now it’s bought the second half from former partner GM.
Volvo’s U.S. Redo
Look for Volvo to reinvent itself in the U.S. This will include new powertrains, including three- and four-banger diesels that will utilize the same basic blueprint as the gas equivalents.
Photo 10/11   |   Volvo Rendering
Diesel Perception
Autotrader.com did a survey to sort out consumer attitudes about topics related to diesels, hybrids, and so on. Diesels ranked with hybrids and electrics in terms of associated good fuel economy, but diesel outranked them for reputation, practicality, and value. Unfortunately, stereotypes fall away slowly—for environmental friendliness and cleaner emissions, diesel dropped low.
Photo 11/11   |   Cummins 6 7l Diesel Valve Cover

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