I have wondered for years if one of the American companies will ever produce a small, fuel efficient diesel in their truck lines. A great number of people purchase the heavy duty lines of trucks just for the fact that they have an optional diesel engine; diesel powered trucks are wanted by most guys that own trucks. Volkswagen produces the Amarok overseas and hopefully they will bring them to the United States. The Amarok averages 34 mpg (city/hwy) in a four door, four wheel drive set up. Think of how many trucks would be sold if they averaged 34 mpg; the numbers would be astonishing. Most of us want a truck for practical purposes, living in the suburbs and around cities we do not need a truck to haul cattle or work on a farm. Just need a truck for the sheer fact that we need a bed to complete tasks such as going to the hardware store, going on a fishing/hunting trip. We need the bed and 4WD but do not want to spend a fortune on fuel or $60K on a Heavy Duty line. I am personally not looking to pull down the entire house with a truck, just need it to do the occasional job that is required around the house, pull a small trailer or boat, and take it hunting/fishing. The fact that it is diesel powered would be the largest selling factor to me personally and like a number of American’s we love diesel power. I can imagine there are a great number of American’s that will agree with me and their personal needs for a truck. I will buy the first small diesel powered truck that is offered in the United States, no matter who manufactures it. Whether it is in a half ton or a smaller truck, either way I would be happy. I am hoping it will be Ford that will lead the way in the U.S. to a productive, long lasting, fuel efficient, 4x4 pick up that averages around 30 MPG’s. If Volkswagen can accomplish this task, why can’t the greatest Automotive Manufacturer in the world beat them to the punch?
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