You might also be surprised to learn that most manufacturers produce a variety of diesel-fueled cars to purchase abroad.
Diesel-fueled vehicles haven’t been as popular in North American markets like Iowa. But that won’t be true for long. Since 2018, North Americans have been seeing a lot more diesel-fueled vehicles on the road. And we’re not talking about buses and trucks. These vehicles will be passenger cars, pick-ups, and SUV’s.
Diesel fuel has a higher energy density than gasoline. That translates to more power per barrel of fuel. In your tank, that translates to better engine performance and about 20% better fuel economy.
People in Ankeny may associate diesel engines with black smoke, noise, and a definite “shake, rattle, and roll.” That’s also a thing of the past. Modern diesel engines are smooth, quiet and produce cleaner emissions than gasoline engines. Also, forget that three-second wait behind a diesel vehicle at a stoplight. Modern types of diesel are just as quick to accelerate as other vehicles on Ankeny roads.
Diesel engines have other advantages over gasoline engines. Diesel engines are heavier than gasoline engines because they require more heavy-duty parts, but that means the engines are more durable and can last longer than gasoline engines. Also, diesel engines may be the engines of the future since they can burn many of the new bio-fuels.
Ankeny drivers who are considering buying a diesel-fueled vehicle should know that preventive maintenance and inspection schedules are different for a diesel engine than a gasoline engine. Diesel fuel is harder on emissions systems than gasoline, so the filters and other devices have to be changed and checked more often. Also, the fuel injection system operates at much higher pressures for diesel, so keeping it clean becomes a higher priority.
When you switch from a gas vehicle to a diesel, you’ll have to learn some new rules of vehicle care. But you won’t be alone! Most Ankeny service centers are aware that diesel is coming to North America and are prepared to provide service for diesel engines. At All Pro Servicenter, we are well-versed in diesel technology. You can rely on our team of automotive professionals to provide quality service for diesel-powered vehicles.