Key to the Highway

Observations about cars and the auto industry

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Diesel Gets Up to Speed

To many Americans, diesel is the powerplant of plodding garbage trucks or the terrible 1980s GM car Uncle Earl owned. It’s an impression heavily seasoned with the words “noisy,” “smelly” and “dirty.” Sure, clean-diesel passenger cars are quiet, clean, and you’ll be hard pressed to smell even a whiff of exhaust. But what about speed?