Thursday, May 18, 2006
This is a strange one. I saw this tonight on Southfield Road. It's a Peugeot* 607 diesel with Michigan manufacturer plates, and it is a very French-looking machine. Seeing one in Detroit means that Peugeot is either considering bringing the marque back to the US (pretty unlikely) or a US manufacturer is testing the competition (much more probable).
How do I know it was a diesel? There was no badging, but the big plume of black smoke that puffed out when he passed me is a pretty good tip-off.
What can we infer from this spotting? How about this: US automakers, sensing that not only might $3 gas might be around for a while, but is probably a precursor to $4 gas, are looking to diesel to boost mileage. Alternatives theories welcomed. I do know that if this thing ran on grease like my buddy Dan's awesome S-Class, not only would it not smoke so much, but its tailpipe emissions would smell like french fries and the test-drivers would get free Thai food for picking up the waste oil (ask Dan). It would still be weird-looking though.
Dan D's biodiesel vintage S-Class. If you floor it all the time, it's sort of like driving a normal car. He really does get free Thai food.
*You know, after you learn how to spell bourgeois, Peugeot's not so bad.