Ford Diesels To Counter Rivals’ Big Hybrids
General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan are adding either V-6 or V-8 diesels to their pickup and SUV lines—while GM and Chrysler will continue to roll out its two-mode hybrids (although the production numbers are low). With Chrysler’s recent product-sharing plans announced with Nissan, that could mean the technology might flow to Nissan as well.
As rising gas prices and new fuel efficiency laws go into effect, carmakers will be weighing the relative advantages of diesels and hybrids—especially in the truck and full-size SUV segments. While not as efficient or clean as hybrids, diesels produce more towing power and are a less complex—which means less cost to manufacturers and consumers.