Originally Posted by ehsnils
Considering the fuel efficiency of the diesel it would certainly attract those that drive long distances and truck drivers that want an ordinary car.
Right now when I'm driving I get 37-38 mpg and I'm not indecently light on the foot, then you can do the math. Especially since the gasoline 2.5i on a good day with a light footed driver gets 32...
Not all Americans are sold on diesels. When they first came out here in production cars, they were dirty, slow and problematic. GM had a couple diesels that were complete flops. Americans want speed more than economy. Even our hybrids talk about 0-60 times.
The added expense of the diesel engine for economies sake hasn't with many people other than sales and business people who drive long miles. I've got a couple friends that has bought 3 VW tdi's in a row and loves them. He puts on about 40,000 a year.
SOA has sold their cars as inexpensive and built to stay that way....it's hard to pay a premium for a car that is known to be cheap.