Hyundai may offer diesel engines across its US lineup of cars and trucks as an alternative to gasoline-electric hybrids if it can clear cost and technical hurdles, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press.
Steve Wilhite, chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor America, told the paper that diesels made better financial sense than hybrids, although Hyundai has hybrids under development.
“The highest priority on my personal wish list is bringing our diesel technology to the United States, and I’d like to bring that across all of our products,” Wilhite said in an interview at the New York auto show. “It just seems like a much more elegant solution to me than a hybrid.”
Some of that diesel technology was on display at the 2007 Seoul Motor Show. While the main focus of the Seoul show was three new vehicles—the Veloster sports coupe concept, the production TQ van, and the production FD estate wagon—Hyundai also had on display:
A Urea-SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) emission treatment system applied on the 3.0-liter S-Engine installed on the Veracruz.
A NOx and particulate matter treatment system which is capable of meeting the upcoming Euro-6 emission regulations—and which thus might also be able to meet Tier 2 Bin 5 regulations in the US.
Also on display was a Sonata LPI (Liquefied Petroleum Injection) Hybrid Electric Vehicle and a Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle.