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Subaru announce plans to bring out a diesel engine next year in one of their models (Legacy). The engine is a 2.0 liter and Subaru is working with Toyota (who bought out GM's stake of nearly 7% in Subaru) on developing this. You can read about this here: <p><A HREF="http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/35801/newsDate/27-Mar-2006/story.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.planetark.com/daily...y.htm</A><p>The article indicates the diesel will be sent to the European market first before arriving in North America. This could signal competition to Volvo's V50 and V70 AWD vehicles. A better question to ponder is what automobile company will bring the next generation of clean buring diesel engines in a wagon to North America?
 

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Re: Subaru to bring out diesel engine late 2007 or 2008 (billyk24)

Subarus are designed around their flat, horizontally-opposed type engines. I'm curious about the type of diesel they plan to use. I have never heard of using a horizontally opposed configuration with diesel, so I assume Subaru's will be conventional. I wonder what kind of underhood, chassis and transaxle modifications will be needed with such a radical change.
 

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Re: Subaru to bring out diesel engine late 2007 or 2008 (Brahms)

I thought about that, too.<p>Buddy of mine has an '04 WRX. Popping the hood is like looking into bizarro-engine world.
 

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Re: Subaru to bring out diesel engine late 2007 or 2008 (Brahms)

The diesel engine doesn't care how it's installed. City busses have used Detroit Diesel and Cummins engines laying on their side's for years. As long as the oil pan holds the oil away from the crankshaft Subaru can lay a small in-line 4 on it's side under the hood someplace.
 

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Re: Subaru to bring out diesel engine late 2007 or 2008 (billyk24)

Great sidebar in the most recent Car and Driver (around the BMW 330d review) which describes the issues in bringing a diesel to the US in 2007. According to the article, only M-B will try it, everyone else needs more than a little time to get their NOx emissions down to 0.05g/mile from the current euro standard of 0.40. And, it all depends on low-sulphur fuel which doesn't appear in US pumps until later in the year.<p><I>"Developing diesel engines that can meet 50-state standards, which is every manufacturers preferred approach, is costly and technologically challenging. That’s why most diesel cars will disappear from the U.S. market in 2007 and will only gradually trickle back as these newer emissions-control technologies come down in cost and enter mass production."</I><p><A HREF="http://www.caranddriver.com/roadtests/11344/road-test-review-2006-bmw-330d-page5.html" TARGET="_blank">The Diesel Dilemma</A><p>Tom.
 
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