GMC Sierra finds new buyers thanks to diesel engine option

Sierra AT4 buyers are totally digging diesel power.

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When General Motors revamped its GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickups, it included a big powertrain change: an optional diesel engine. The 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel was a totally new venture, but it appears the gamble is paying off.

According to a new survey conducted by GMC, as reported by Automotive News on Monday, more than two-thirds of Sierra buyers were new to diesel engines, but the better finding for the automaker is the fact half of them were new to the GMC brand. The diesel engine is doing a

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Is the Mazda CX-5 Diesel already dead?

Skyactiv-D, we hardly knew ye.

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Things aren’t looking too good for the Mazda CX-5 Diesel. In January, dealers were discounting the new Skyactiv-D model by as much as $10,000, and a report from CarsDirect last week states the 2020 model-year CX-5 Diesel is still nowhere to be found. Could the CX-5 Skyactiv-D have quietly been discontinued?

A Mazda spokesperson did not immediately return our latest request for comment, but when we last inquired in January, a representative said, “At this time we don’t have information to share on a 2020 CX-5 Skyactiv-D.” Still, a number of things

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 1500 nabs a diesel engine option

Diesel powah!


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter shoppers will find greater variety this summer with the addition of a new 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. The German automaker announced Monday the oil burner will be available alongside the 2.0-liter turbo-four gasoline engine as a second choice for customers.

All the while, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 remains an option for customers looking at the heavier-duty Sprinter 2500 and greater. But the small diesel engine provides a torquey option for those in need of a little more oomph from the Sprinter 1500. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine makes 161 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, which is

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California mandates shift from diesel to electric trucks starting in 2024

Silent, emissions-free trucks are already on their way.

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Remember smog? California sure as heck does, and in order to prevent a return to a permanent haze over parts of the state, the California Air Resources Board has decided to implement a sweeping mandate that’s unlike any other proposed thus far.

CARB announced this week that it has adopted a rule that see truck manufacturers shifting from diesel to electric trucks starting in 2024. The goal, per CARB’s press release, is to have every new truck in the state be electric by 2045. In addition to the two dates

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