This is an interesting read, and since I've touched on the subject before, decided to link to it here. Mr Winton recnetly drove a new Peugeot 407 coupe, powered by the new 2.7 V6 Diesel that was developed with Ford and will be in some new Jaguar and Range Rovers.
He was impressed with the smooth quiet powerful V6 that averaged 26 mpg, noting that it had none of the stereotypical rattle and smoke that Americans think of when Diesels are mentioned.
Interestingly enough he also discussed the European view on Hybrids as unnecessary in light of Diesels that achieve nearly identical economy and better power.
With strict emissions regulations Diesels have nearly disapeared from the US market, but with new low sulphur Diesel and better technology such as Common Rail and Turbocharging, new Diesels will be able to meet the new standards in a few years and may have a resurgance here in the states. I'd like to see a Lincoln LS with the 2.7 V6 Diesel or some similar rear while drive sedan. Ford says they have no plans on bringing this Engine here under the Blue Oval, but expect it in future Jaguars and Land Rovers.