Japan Finally Gets a Clean Diesel Car

 

080609-01-01 After the last diesel car was taken off the Japanese market in 2007, Nissan Motor Company has become the first domestic automaker to release a diesel car in Japan in six years. And in the current day climate of everyone looking for ways to save on fuel – to cut costs and to help the environment – Nissan’s X-Trail 20GT sport utility vehicle is also the world’s first “clean” diesel.

Being powered by an engine lead-developed by partner Renault SA, the “clean” diesel refers to the fact that the X-Trail meets Japan’s new emissions standards that are set to kick into effect October 2009. These standards are said to be the strictest in the world.





The X-Trail 20GT was showcased at the 2008 Integrated Exhibition of the Environment in Hokkaido back in June, as well as the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit’s International Media Center a month later.

Nissan claim that the X-Trail achieves a fuel efficiency of 15.2 kilometers per liter, based under Japan’s 10-15 test mode operation. This represents an increase of about 30% in fuel economy over a 2.5 liter gasoline engine with the same power output, a marked improvement.

“For a long time, we had no diesel cars in Japan,” Nissan Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga told a news conference. “I’m not sure how much it would spread in the market now, but if it does well we will consider broadening the line-up.”

Not surprisingly, other automakers are lining up to provide competition to Nissan’s new X-Trail. Honda Motor Co, Mitsubishi Motors Corp and Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, will all be joining Nissan in the diesel market over the next few years. However, sadly, Toyota Motor Company, with a 45% of the Japanese car market, has yet to throw their hat into the ring.

Nissan also saw themselves surprise investors and pundits with a 13% increase in total market share in the US, according to U.S. auto sales data released on Wednesday. They were the only company (besides the imported Mini and Maserati) to see an overall increase in national sales, with many other companies taking losses of up to 25%, in the case of Ford.

More on Clean Diesel at the GO Network

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Clean Diesel Cars Coming to US This Fall: 2008-2010 Timeline





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  • ‘… Nissan’s X-Trail 20GT sport utility vehicle is also the world’s first “clean” diesel.’

    Might want to fact check that one against the numerous offerings from German automakers … =)

  • ‘… Nissan’s X-Trail 20GT sport utility vehicle is also the world’s first “clean” diesel.’

    Might want to fact check that one against the numerous offerings from German automakers … =)

  • David

    Converciones de diesel a vng(gas natural vehicular)en bolivia me interesa adquirir equipos japoneses para competir con los equipos argentinos e italianos

  • David

    Converciones de diesel a vng(gas natural vehicular)en bolivia me interesa adquirir equipos japoneses para competir con los equipos argentinos e italianos

  • Tony B.

    Already ordered one 🙂 Can’t wait for it to arrive. Got the red one, diesel 6MT. Hypermiler owners of this car in Japan made 23.9km on a single liter of diesel. Not bad for an SUV 🙂

  • Tony B.

    Already ordered one 🙂 Can’t wait for it to arrive. Got the red one, diesel 6MT. Hypermiler owners of this car in Japan made 23.9km on a single liter of diesel. Not bad for an SUV 🙂

  • Tony B.

    Already ordered one 🙂 Can’t wait for it to arrive. Got the red one, diesel 6MT. Hypermiler owners of this car in Japan made 23.9km on a single liter of diesel. Not bad for an SUV 🙂

  • i need a diesel engine for a 1989 TOYOTA pick up trucks

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  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Diesel motor fuel is some 20% cheaper that regular petrol here in Japan. I was looking for a 4×4 with high ground clearance that would cope with heavy snow. The diesel option loomed large but 2800cc was the smallest diesel suitable. So after a lot of agonizing I want for a 3-door Pajero io 1.8. Cheap as chips at auction (nobody want the 3-door), although at that age most have no shaken and have often been de-registered. So the auction bid price is essentially just the down payment. Fortunately serious snow tyres are inexpensive in the Japan Alps (a set of new studless tyres on wheels will set you back around £130.00), in fact I run on so-called studless year round, and only switch to “tractor” tyres for the really bad weather. Problem is the smaller 4x4s use strut suspension and full profile tyres can foul the strut cup.