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In its current form, the ECOnetic isn’t likely to be sold in the US, since its diesel doesn’t meet the current US “Tier Two, Bin 5” emissions regulations. European manufacturers planning to launch diesel models, fitted with expensive exhaust after-treatment systems, into the US market are nervously waiting to find out whether consumers will still buy them if diesel fuel stays 20 percent more expensive per gallon than gasoline—which wipes out some of the cost savings from the diesel’s lower consumption.
And no carmaker is currently planning to sell a diesel car this small in the US. Of course, as we know, things have been changing pretty fast in the automotive world these days. Perhaps one day, sales of an ultra-economy car like the Fiesta ECOnetic could justify the pricey emissions control equipment it would need to make it legal in the States. These days, 2010 seems like a very long time to wait.