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Cruze Diesel will meet New California Air Standards

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Looks like we'll get a 50-state Cruze diesel. California adopted new air standards last week that made room for small diesels. For the first time they included greenhouse gas benefits in the calculations:

"We can now say with confidence that clean diesel cars will be part of the LEV III plan, thanks to the incredible progress and innovation in diesel engines and new advancements in emissions control technology. With the adoption of this rule, the Air Resources Board recognizes the inherent energy efficiency and lower GHG emissions benefits of the new generation of clean diesel technology."
Clean Diesel Vehicles to Meet California's New Stringent Clean Car Standards Adopted by Air Resources Board This Week - Power Engineering
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QUOTE: "...to be phased in during model years 2017-2025...."

...thus, the forthcoming 2013 Eco-Diesel isn't affected (yet).
 

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...I'm waiting for the "marriage" of gasoline and diesel engines to occur, with the introduction of HCCI technology, ie: diesel compression and injection technology but using gasoline.
 

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No HCCI has nothing to do with flex fuel. It just tries to merge diesel compression ratios and injection technology with a gasoline engine as he said. A true HCCI engine doesn't use spark plugs like diesel engines as well. Currently they have them working up to about 3-4,000 rpm. There are hybrid designs that integrate the use of a spark plug for higher rpm operation but I'm not sure what they do with the compression to resist detonation. The idea is to try and take advantage of diesel like efficiencies with regular gas.

Now honestly a fuel like E-85 would probably be a better fuel for an engine like this due to its higher octane rating.
 
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