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One of the nation’s largest consumer incentives for energy-efficient cars—a tax credit of $1,800—goes to buyers of a $60,000-plus hulking diesel SUV that gets 17 mpg in the city. The Mercedes GL320 Bluetec and two other so-called “clean diesel” SUVs from Mercedes benefit from the tax credits. Meanwhile, today’s most efficient hybrids—such as the 50-mpg […]

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The pressure is on for automakers to offer smaller, more efficient powertrains. In response, Mercedes Benz announced plans for a new four-cylinder diesel engine for the U.S. market. This would be the German automaker’s first four-cylinder offering in the U.S. in several years. Benz says the new engine offers “greater power, greater economy, and greater […]

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More than half of the cars sold in Europe today are diesels, as opposed to barely five percent scratching the market here in the U.S. But a shift is taking place as cleaner burning technology makes its way into the mainstream, countering the old diesel stereotypes of being dirty, loud, and unsophisticated. And as more […]

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