Our alphabet of all things diesel continues as we reach part five and the letters M, N and O.
M is for Maserati
Until recently, no Maserati had ever employed diesel power. All that changed with the new Ghibli. The engine remains faithful to the expectations of Maserati purists, being powered by a 27obhp, 443ft lb 3-litre V6. Clothed in a stunning body, with a luxurious interior the Ghibli is one might Maserati.
N is for Nissan
The Japanese manufacturer has a long history with diesel power, today it takes its diesel engines from the Renault-Nissan Alliance, with the dCi range of engines. As well as diesel power, the company has been an innovator, bringing electric vehicles to the masses with the plug-in Leaf hatchback.
O is for Oil
Without oil where would we be? At the roadside, no doubt. It lubricates our engine, is used in the production of plastics and is used to produce the majority of diesel that we fill our tanks with. Diesel is made by heating crude oil up to around 200°c, rather than the peanut oil-based fuel that Rudolph Diesel first used when he invented the diesel engine back in 1886.