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What Are Light-Duty Diesel Vehicles?

Light-duty diesel-powered vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. In fact, a J.D. Power Automotive Forecast (2007) predicted the number of light-duty diesel vehicles sold in America will double between 2007 and 2017.*

But what exactly is a light-duty diesel? Is there a specific technical definition for such a vehicle?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a light-duty diesel is any diesel-powered vehicle with less than an 8,500-pound gross weight. The list includes:

  • Sedans
  • Pick-up trucks
  • High-performance sports cars
  • Sport utility vehicles (SUVs)
  • Passenger vans

New “clean diesel” automobiles are becoming increasingly popular because of their ability to combine high performance with high fuel efficiency. Clean diesel vehicles use a special diesel fuel that is 97 percent lower in sulfur than standard diesel fuel. This fuel, which had been popular in Europe for many years, was introduced in the United States in June 2006.

Light-Duty Diesel Vehicles You Can Buy Today
Some light-duty diesel vehicles currently on the market include:

  • Audi
    • A3 TDI 2.0
    • Q7 TDI 3.0

    Audi A3TDI 2.0

Audi A3 TDI 2.01 (2011)

  • BMW
    • 335D
    • X5 xDrive35d

    BMW 335D

BMW 335D (2011)

  • Mercedes Benz
    • E350 BlueTEC
    • GL350 BlueTEC
    • ML350 BlueTEC SUV
    • R350 BlueTEC Crossover

    Mercedes Benz ML350 BlueTEC SUV

Mercedes Benz 350BlueTEC SUV (2011)

  • Volkswagen
    • Golf TDI Clean Diesel
    • Jetta Clean Diesel
    • Jetta SportWagen TDI
    • Touareg TDI Clean Diesel

    Jetta SportWagen TDI

Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI (2011)

Go Pro with the Light-Duty Diesel Specialty Program at WyoTech in Blairsville, Pa.

If you have an interest in light-duty diesel technology and would like to train as a professional automotive technician, WyoTech’s Blairsville, Pa., campus offers a Light-Duty Diesel career education specialty program you can complete in less than a year. Taught by industry professionals in a modern workshop setting that provides lots of hands-on training, the Light-Duty Diesel specialty program is offered as part of WyoTech’s Automotive Technology and Diesel Technology programs.

Upon graduation, you can take advantage of WyoTech’s Career Services department, which can help you identify and contact local employers who are familiar with WyoTech’s long-standing reputation for educational excellence.

About WyoTech’s Blairsville Campus

Opened in 2002, WyoTech’s Blairsville, Pa., campus offers 265,000 square feet of classrooms, labs and workshops set on 37 acres in beautiful Western Pennsylvania. The campus offers hands-on training in the fields of Automotive, Diesel and Collision/Refinishing technology. Our instructors are all seasoned professionals who are eager to help launch you on a new road to career success and satisfaction.

For more information about the Light-Duty Diesel specialty program and other career training programs, contact WyoTech’s Blairsville campus today!

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