There are many reason to love turbo-diesel engines. Not only have they become significantly more refined over the last several years compared to their predecessors from decades ago, but they usually pack quite a torquey punch while delivering exemplary fuel economy. Ford Motor Company recently produced its three millionth small diesel engine at its Dagenham Diesel Assembly Plant in the United Kingdom, and it has provided a few interesting statistics about the purchase habits of diesel engines across European markets.
For starters, the biggest European markets for Ford diesel vehicles in Europe are Britain, Germany, Italy and France, with a diesel share between 47 and 60 percent. But demand for Ford vehicles equipped with diesel engines is particularly strong in Portugal, Ireland, and Romania, where the oil burners account for around two thirds or more of all passenger vehicle sales.
Two thirds or more on the high end, and 47 percent on the low end clearly illustrate just how popular diesel engines are in Europe. If only Ford offered at least one diesel mill in its passenger cars in North America… you know, just like Volkswagen and Chevrolet, maybe the region could make a blip on the sales volume chart, and grow from there.