October 25, 2005 |
Re "Panel OKs Diesel Bus Trade-Off," Oct. 21 Perhaps one reason why "clean" diesel won't be around for another four years is because, rather than rushing to meet clean air standards through R&D, the engine manufacturers poured more money and resources into L&L -- lawyers and lobbyists. BILL HALLER Van Nuys
December 13, 2012 |
After three years on the market, the current generation of the Mercedes-Benz midsize E-Class sedan and wagon will be getting an upgrade, with plans to officially reveal the cars at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January. Hoping to get a jump on the event, the company on Thursday presented a glimpse at what buyers of the 2014 models can expect. In addition to the revised look, Mercedes tossed an all-new diesel powerplant option in the engine bay. The biggest change is to the cars' front end. In a move to make the E-Class less conservative and stiff, the lines are now softer and the car has a more windswept look.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1985 |
Diesel, a golden retriever whose aquatic fame has spread to nearly every mariner in Newport Harbor, has lost a friend and playmate. The harbor seal with whom Diesel has frolicked happily for the past three years has been missing this year. Gary Hill, Diesel's master, and I speculated idly on the fate of the missing seal. We were sitting in the sun on a wood bench on the pier outside Hill's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1991
In the article about the efforts of the AQMD to bring our air pollution under control, I read a long list of areas being attacked, including passenger cars, utilities, even back-yard barbecues. It seems nothing has been overlooked. Well, almost nothing. Diesel trucks have been overlooked. Is it possible that any sane person driving the highways surrounded by these carcinogen-gushing monsters can fail to connect that black gunk coming out of their smokestacks with pollution? If L.A. can convert school buses away from diesel, then the same can be done with 18-wheelers.
October 13, 2011
2012 Mercedes ML350 BlueTec Base price: $51,365 (including destination charge) Price, as tested: $75,665 Powertrain: 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 diesel engine, seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters Horsepower: 240 at 3,600 rpm Torque: 455 pound-feet at 1,600 to 2,400 rpm 0-60: 7.3 seconds Curb weight: 5,040 pounds Wheelbase: 114.8 inches Overall length: ...
August 16, 2012
Re "Cracking down on diesel," Opinion, Aug. 14 Carl Pope makes a good case for retrofitting trucks with diesel filters, which costs about $10,000 a truck, to reduce deadly air pollution. But the benefit is to the public. Why should the truck owner bear the burden while getting no direct benefit? I suggest that the retrofit be subsidized by taxpayers because they receive the benefit. Among the advantages of this approach is that the retrofits will be done sooner and the savings from costly enforcement programs can be used to actually get the job done.