Will there be any compact diesel trucks on sale soon?

Will there be any compact diesel trucks, like the old VW pickup, for sale in the U.S. in the near future? These little trucks were light-duty but got great gas mileage.

JOHN, Cream Ridge, N.J.

Unfortunately, no, there aren’t any plans we know of for a small diesel truck in the near future. There haven’t even been any smaller diesel truck concepts in recent memory. In fact, diesels were a rare breed in 2007 — even more so than previous years — because of the new, stricter clean-diesel requirements commanded by the federal government. See here for a list of non-heavy-duty diesels available in 2007.

BMW and Audi have announced they will offer more diesel options for 2008, and Volkswagen will bring back its Jetta diesel after it’s re-engineered to meet the feds’ new low-sulfur requirements. The newer diesel engines will make their way into mostly sedans and SUVs, as the automakers who are bringing back diesels don’t have existing pickup chassis in the states for now.

Keep an eye on our auto show and new-car coverage on KickingTires, though, just in case something pops up.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on January 30, 2008 in I'm Just Wondering | Permalink

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