Jul 29, 2012, 8:20 AM
Post #4 of 5
I'm a big diesel fan, especially for Mexico. Unfortunately, the diesel engine for passenger vehicles never really took off in the United States since the massive failure of the Cadillac Seville diesel project. I believe every single one of them was recalled and scrapped. Meanwhile, Europe and Japan pressed on, and tough little diesel engines are the norm for most of the developing world.
Mexico is extremely sensitive about vehicles and parts imported from Japan. This is a big, profitable business all over the world - because importers can undercut the dealer parts prices by up to 90%. Mexico is protecting the Japan automakers who have setup here.
In Canada, you can import a very low mileage diesel car or truck, as long as it is 15 years old. These vehicles are in cherry condition. They must pass a fairly easy inspection (headlight alignment, brake light - all costing about $50 - $100 cdn. Now here is the interesting part - they are then issued a Canadian V.I.N. number, they were 'remanufactured' in Canada.
These are called JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles, and they are real interesting to look at - many models never released outside of Japan. The Delica 4x4 diesel mini-camping vans are hugely popular in Canada.