American Diesel Cars, Past & Present

Charles Murray

August 27, 2014

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American Diesel Cars, Past & Present

The diesel engine, long popular on European roads, is now piquing the interest of American automakers. General Motors rolled out a diesel version of the Chevy Cruze in 2013, and says there's more to come. Chrysler recently put its v-6 EcoDiesel in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Ford is said to be contemplating a diesel for its Focus sedan.

But while diesel engines have rarely been designed into American passenger cars and light trucks in the past, there have been a very small number out there. Oldsmobile produced a family of diesel engines in the 1980s and the Chevy Chevette employed a diesel around the same time.

We've collected photos of diesels in American passenger cars. From the Olds Cutlass and Chevy Chevette to the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevy Cruze, we offer a peek at American diesels, past and present.


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About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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