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dieseldie‧sel /ˈdiːzəl/ ●●○ noun  1 [uncountable]TTCTI a type of heavy oil used instead of petrol in engines, especially in trucks, buses, and trains a 1.9 litre diesel enginediesel car/truck etc2 [countable]TTC informal a vehicle that uses diesel
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dieselDiesel sales continued to rise with more than 41 % of all Mercedes-Benz cars now equipped with diesel engines.Off on the freeway I hear a diesel coming, shifting down as the hill steepens.It will have roughly the performance of a diesel.a diesel truckThe cab control car of a commuter train being pushed from the rear collided head-on with an Amtrak diesel locomotive.And 86 to 90 percent comes from vehicle exhaust, evenly divided between diesel and gasoline engines.Except for the new diesel engines, the trains date back to 1954.I would love to test the same rig with a turbocharged diesel engine.Yet diesel gets off easily when it comes to pollution controls.diesel car/truck etcThat's like putting kerosene in a diesel car, says Mr Hamilton.It's clearly one of the very best diesel cars around.In addition to better economy, diesel cars use cheaper fuel and are no less environmentally-friendly than petrol-engined models fitted with catalytic converters.Because many diesel trucks travel across state lines and are registered outside Arizona, they are harder to regulate than gasoline-powered vehicles.But how many diesel cars are fitted with catalysts?A trawl I made through three small-ad market place papers yielded around four pages of diesel cars per 300-400 page issue.Most of it comes on diesel trucks.There was a social stigma attached to diesel car ownership, too.
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