By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Buying a car has come a long way from Henry Ford’s famous statement that a customer could have any color desired, as long as it was black.
“Lady, that’s diesel!!!”
That’s the punch line from the clever Audi commercial pitting our expectations of what a diesel-powered vehicle looks like against the new reality.
EPA charts rate recent models of diesel vehicles as getting maybe 35 miles per gallon city-highway combined, but some owners report doing much better.
Doug Skorupski of Volkswagon, with a list of clean diesel models, says about 50 percent of filling stations have a diesel pump.
“When you ask somebody who doesn’t own a diesel engine, are they concerned about the availability of diesel if they were to purchase a diesel vehicle, they definitely would say yes. When you ask that same question to somebody that owns a diesel vehicle, is there any issue filling up, finding diesel fuel stations and the answer is no.”
Diesel vehicles and fuel cost more but Skorupski says a little number crunching shows a driver may be ahead of the game after three or four years, depending on fuel economy and driving habits.
Clean diesel is the result of now-required Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuel.