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Fuel for Thought

Meet today's new and improved diesels.

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This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

While auto manufacturers are scrambling to deliver hybrid vehicles to dealerships, diesel-fueled cars and trucks have been available for years, with more on the way. Advantages of diesel include an average of 15 percent to 22 percent better fuel economy and greater towing power than most gas-powered vehicles. Plus, today's diesels are quieter and cleaner-burning.

Leading the charge are German auto manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz, which pioneered diesels and plans to launch several diesel-powered cars between now and 2008, including the 2006 E320 CDI Sedan. Audi's not far behind, while Dodge, Ford and GM power some of their heavy-duty pickups and vans with diesel engines.

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