why are diesel powered cars rare in the US?
diesel powered cars are rare in the us because they often do not make the us standereds... in otherwords they SMOKE!!!... now diesel trucks are the best because they offer you lots of power and get better fuel mileage than light trucks and some cars..
its all in the politics, they seem to pollute more, and cause alot of smog, so they are not allowed ( well for now) although the actuall green house gases are the same as a gasoline car, if not better.
What's this Jazz about them not being "Allowed" That's a line... there is no restriction on diesel as far as I know... US or Canada. Gasoline is more popular here becuase that is the medium we've grown up with and trust. The amount of work involved for a diesel also hurts thier sales. Winters here tend to be cold, and wet. which makes starting them in the winter a pain. In a lot of cases running the power cord is a headache. People like gasoline becuase there is more power with less work and parts. a stock, Non-turbo diesel will always get the shit kicked out of it by a gasoline engine of similar displacement. and the all mighty trump, availability. You'll have no problem finding a Gas station that doesn't serve diesel, but when was the last time you saw a dedicated diesel station? (Trucking stations exempt) Diesel hasn't become pratical here becuase the style of life we want from our cars doesn't go with what a Diesel provides.
there is a restrictions on Diesel platforms in US. In maine at the dealership i work at we cannot sell brand new diesels at all but we can sell used ones for some reason. If there wasnt a restriction on it we would see the 4 cyl diesel engines from europe more often. Emissions laws are bs in my opinion.
emission laws are in place to help keep smog levels in check and help the enviroment. if there were no emissions laws america would be covered in a cloud of smog! we burn so much oil they have to be in place.