The New Toyota Diesel You Can't Buy

Toyota's Verso is getting an all-new diesel engine provided by BMW -- but at least right now, it isn't coming to America. Photo credit: Toyota

Diesel-powered cars have a niche following in the United States. Volkswagen  (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY  ) sells plenty of them, but offerings from other automakers have been slim.

Diesel fans have hoped that new "clean diesel" technology, along with pressure to reduce fuel consumption, might change that. Earlier this year, General Motors  (NYSE: GM  ) launched a diesel version of its Chevy Cruze compact as a sort of trial balloon -- and sales have been good, prompting rivals like Ford  (NYSE: F  ) to consider bringing diesels here.

Most of the big automakers already have great diesel cars. Recently, Toyota  (NYSE: TM  ) announced a new diesel version of its Verso, a compact minivan similar to Ford's C-Max and Toyota's hybrid Prius v. It features an all-new 1.6-liter diesel engine designed by BMW  (NASDAQOTH: BAMXF  ) .

But like many other great diesel cars, it'll only be sold in Europe. In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear looks at the new deal between Toyota and BMW -- and at whether more of Europe's great diesel cars will ever find their way to the U.S.

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  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 9:35 AM, TheOstrich wrote:

    Women don't want stinky smelling exhaust and oily self serve fuel handles. "Clean" is a misnomer when it comes to diesel.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 5:40 PM, hunter3203 wrote:

    TheOstrich - Have you driven one of the newer diesels? They don't have a stinky exhaust, soot covered rear or noisy clatter of the old diesels.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 6:42 PM, TheOstrich wrote:

    I have but have you taken a good look at the fuel pumps? You're still burning a fractional distillate, OIL.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 2:17 AM, Fooloprunes wrote:

    TheOstrich - My wife loves her new diesel Jetta. With the new low-sulfur fuel, there is no stinky exhaust. When you are driving it, the only way you can tell it's a diesel is because it hardly ever changes gear thanks to the remarkable engine torque (and no fuss acceleration).

    Don't be fooled by the official MPG estimates either. The EPA test is loaded in favor of gasoline engines. We get 49.5 mpg on the highway and the all miles average since new is 44.5. The EPA estimate for highway is only 42 mpg.

    There is no stinking ethanol to mess up the engine, and no battery that will degrade like a hybrid or an EV!

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