Those wanting a light truck with a diesel will get their wish in '09 or '10.
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General Motors Corp. today unveiled a sophisticated new V8 diesel engine that reduces fuel consumption 25%, produces up to 360 horsepower and meets all upcoming emissions regulations. The engine goes into production on a light-duty pickup truck sometime after 2009, when the United States will institute what are expected to be the most stringent diesel emissions of any country. The new turbodiesel was developed to fit several different vehicle families, said Charles Freese V, GM executive director of diesel engineering. It fits into an engine compartment the same size as GM’s current small-block V8, which is used in vehicles ranging from the Chevrolet Corvette sports car to the huge Cadillac Escalade ESV luxury SUV. GM also introduced an upgraded version of its 6.6L Duramax diesel V8 that meets emissions rules that take effect for the 2007 model year. That engine will power trucks used for heavy hauling like the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. The Duramax is an entirely different engine from the smaller diesel for lights trucks due after 2009, but it also produces a maximum of 360 horsepower. The Duramax uses a variety of technologies to reduce particulate emissions 90% and NOx ((cq-Mark)) emissions 50% compared to the 2006 model. GM builds about 200,000 Duramax diesels annually at a plant in Moraine, Ohio. The automaker has not said where it will build the new diesel, or how many it expects to use.