Our journey through the diesel alphabet continues as we reach part seven with the letters S, T & U.
S is for Sport
Traditionally diesels were about economy and not sport – that began to change in the 1990s when the likes of Peugeot launched the 205 GRDT. Though the GRDT didn’t prove a massive success for Peugeot, the idea did and today the majority of manufacturers offer a sports diesel, from the Focus ST through to the Golf GTD.
T is for Turbo
Where would we be without turbos? Crawling towards 60mph probably. Rover had a turbo-diesel on the drawing board in the mid 1960s, but it never got any further than the design studio, ultimately it was Mercedes Benz who would launch the first turbo diesel in 1978. Technology has improved year on year and today turbo diesels are commonplace, bringing with them flexibility and responsiveness that previous generations could only have dreamed of.
U is for USA
America has always been a tough market for diesel cars – with petrol costing significantly less than it does in the UK and Europe, drivers tend to be less worried about fuel economy. That picture is changing, with increasing numbers of diesel cars built and sold in the States. The German manufacturers are leading the charge with Volkswagen, Audi and BMW all offering diesels on the other side of the pond. BMW build the X3, X4, X5 and X6 in the US and it seems America might finally be waking up to the appeal of diesel.