From observation, diesel-powered cars don’t sell as well here in the Philippines. While budget-conscious Filipinos love diesel SUVs, vans, and pick-up trucks, diesel cars often get the cold shoulder. Perhaps it’s simply because we’ve never really had hero diesel cars to look up to. When people think of a diesel SUV, it’s pretty easy to conjure up images of Land Cruisers and Patrols conquering the far flung jungles of the world. But for a diesel car, it’s usually a smoke-belching Isuzu Gemini or a dinky Hyundai Accent taxi weaving erratically through traffic that come to mind. Neither of which is as sexy as a big, burly SUV.
The great diesel cars have invariably all been German, with a price tag several times what most people would pay for a simple driving appliance. But the times are changing. Years ago, it would’ve been hard to imagine a car capable of both 20 km/l fuel economy and a 200+ km/h top speed, let alone one priced within reach of most middle class buyers. Today, we have two and, surprisingly, they’re both from America, the land of high-octane muscle cars. Roll out the Ford Focus TDCi and the Chevrolet Cruze VCDi.
While engineers are still busy deliberating on the real world savings of hybrids, the conservative Swedes went ahead and jumped on the diesel bandwagon by adding a diesel alternative to their growing S60 line-up. With a promise of fuel efficiency figures as high as 22 km/L, the new S60 D3 Turbodiesel could just be the perfect fuel-saving solution for eco-conscious citizens, and it’s now available here through Volvo Philippines' showrooms.
Under the hood is a 2.0L five-cylinder Turbodiesel powerplant that produces 163 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, coupled to a six-speed geartronic transmission - more than enough grunt to let it keep up with its petrol-powered counterparts. And the best part is, it's at least 20% more fuel efficient than the already-frugal 1.6L T4.
Petron, the country’s leading oil company, is making its mark as a fuel innovator with the introduction its specially formulated fuel, the new Petron Turbo Diesel.
A high-performance diesel designed to deliver that optimum driving experience, Petron Turbo Diesel contains a technologically-advanced cetane booster, resulting in a cetane number higher than other diesel fuels in the market. Technically speaking, Cetane number or 'CN' is a measurement of the combustion quality of diesel fuel during compression ignition. A high cetane number indicates that the diesel fuel has a shorter ignition delay from the start of injection to start of combustion. It causes lower rates of pressure rise and lower peak pressures, thus lessening combustion noise and vibration, resulting in increased efficiency. The cetane boosters in Petron Turbo Diesel ensure better ignition quality for quicker engine start-up, improved fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions.