But what's interesting is why this new V8 is not a diesel? Are trucks and other HD work trucks not oil burners? They are, but gasoline engines are more fuel efficient than ever and, moreover, do not carry the negative stigma associated with Dieselgate. Technologies such as cylinder deactivation and advanced automatic transmissions can significantly improve performance in terms of fuel economy.
Another important factor is that GM will soon start launching a range of electrified vehicles in addition to the Chevy Bolt. These electric vehicles will enable GM to meet CAFE standards while allowing the sale of trucks, SUVs and sports cars running on gasoline.