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Clean Diesel Cars: 9 Facts And Myths (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 02/07/11 08:46 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

From The Daily Green:

Not long ago the word "diesel" was synonymous with loud, smelly, and unreliable vehicles in the United States. In fact, over the last several decades diesels had all but disappeared as an option for American passenger cars - becoming relegated to the lives of work trucks and heavy-duty pickups.

Throw in a recent fuel price crisis, mix it with a dramatic shift in regulatory policy, and today Americans are being reintroduced to diesels at an increasing pace - but these aren't your grandpa's diesels. Here's a look at some common myths and facts about diesel cars:

Myth: Diesels Have Dirty Tailpipes
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No, these "clean diesels" rely on advanced and intricate emissions-scrubbing technologies to make them some of the least-polluting and most efficient cars on the road. When combined with the fact that all diesel fuel now sold in the U.S. is the ultra-low sulfur type, modern diesel toxic and smog-producing emissions are lower than even some efficient gasoline-powered cars. You might think low emissions and high efficiency would go hand-in-hand with horrible performance, but all of today's clean diesels are turbocharged and have boatloads of power to help them get up and go.

Related: Reviews of the Best New 2011 Diesel Cars
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