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Nissan reviewing U.S. diesel plans

 

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Nissan confirmed plans back in 2007 to sell a clean diesel Maxima in the U.S. by 2010

Nissan confirmed plans back in 2007 to sell a clean diesel Maxima in the U.S. by 2010

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Diesel engine sales have stagnated in the U.S. due largely to lingering perceptions of the clattering, foul smelling contraptions of the 1970s and earlier. It hasn’t helped that many carmakers have been reluctant to even offer them because of the relatively high cost of emissions certification and small profit margins. This has had the compounded effect of artificially inflating the price of diesel models and nixing any savings made from reduced fuel consumption (in the short term at least).

Several carmakers are starting to offer diesels, taking advantage of recently introduced tax incentives, but many like Nissan and Acura are still undecided. Both companies promised to bring new diesel models to the U.S. by the end of the decade, but one has already pulled out and the other is reconsidering its plans.

Nissan first confirmed to launch a clean-diesel Maxima sedan in the U.S. as far back as 2007 but those plans may be in jeopardy. Speaking with AutoObserver, a spokesman for the company said the original plans are under review and that there will be potentially some "delays or cancelations".

The diesel engine in question is a 3.0L V6 turbo developed jointly with Renault for roughly $245 million. It’s rated at 235hp (175kW) and offers fuel-economy of about 33mpg (7.2L/100km) in a sedan similar in size to the Maxima. In Europe, Nissan is expected to use the engine for the Pathfinder and Navara as well as the Infiniti FX, EX and G37.

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  1. It'll be interesting to see how Nissan will solve the diesel particulate problem, maybe they'll licence Honda's clean diesel technology as they've licenced Toyota's hybrid for the Altima.
     
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  2. This is great news! It should run very clean with all of the latest technology proven in europe. Good job Nissan...
     
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  3. Yes I agree. It is time to use the technology we all are sperimenting..
     
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  4. We spam websites. Please don\'t ever support us. We are in Armidale, Australia.
     
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  5. Yay another diesel engine we will probably not get
     
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  6. haha, i will never get a diesel engine in anything other than an suv...
    this new maxima is looking rather good, huge improvement from the previous model!
     
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  7. ARMIDALE IS A HOLE! hahaha
     
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  8. Oh man if Nissan brought a diesel truck here I would definitely get that as my next truck. I was going to get the 05 frontier but couldn't afford the extra 5k over my dodge. I was very impressed with the Nissan though..
     
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