Alfa Introduces First Common Rail Diesel Car

by Paul Riegler
Alfa Introduces First Common Rail Diesel Car

1997 Alfa Romeo 156 1.9 JTD First Passenger Car to Have Diesel Common Rail System
The first passenger car to use the diesel Common Rail System was the 1997 Alfa Romeo 156 1.9 JTD.   The 156 (known internally as type 932) was a replacement for the Alfa Romeo 155 and …

Peugeot introduces the 1967 240BD

by Jonathan Spira
Peugeot introduces the 1967 240BD

In 1967, Peugeot introduced the world’s first compact, high-speed diesel car, the Peugeot 240BD. Its 1.3L XL4D engine produced 46 horsepower (34 kW) at 5,000 rpm.

Mercedes introduces 260D, new for 1936

by Paul Riegler
Mercedes introduces 260D, new for 1936

In 1936, after years of engine development work, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 260D, the world’s first diesel passenger car, at the Berlin Automobile Show.
The Hanomag Rekord Diesel Typ D 19A was also introduced at the show but it wasn’t immediately available for delivery.
Based on the 200/230 model, the 260 used a …

Rudolf Diesel Invents Diesel Engine

by Jonathan Spira
Rudolf Diesel Invents Diesel Engine

Without Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913), this publication might not exist.  Diesel, a thermal engineer born in Paris to Bavarian parents, invented the engine that would come to bear his name, an internal combustion engine that doesn’t require a spark to ignite the fuel-air mixture.
His goal was to design an internal combustion …