Originally Posted by TwoTone
1 may be true in a sense, for a manufacturer to sell a car here even if the gas has passed crash testing, the Diesel model still has to be also. Subaru may not think it's worth the cost.
Cleanest by what standard? It currently doesn't meet US standards which are the most stringent.
VW sell plenty of TDI, but it has a following, hopefully Subaru will see the numbers VW are selling and realize none of them are the 4 motion models.
I've read plenty of VW TDI owner say that if Subaru sold a TDI they'd jump ship in a heart beat for the AWD.
Notice that the standards only states the worst permitted case, not the actual implemented case for a vehicle.
It all depends on what the regulations says when it comes to crash testing and then the measuring of emissions. But I suspect that the main point behind the diesel not being on the US market is the lack of an automatic gearbox.