I read a book once about Elvis having faked his death. The author claimed to have audio of the King – in mufti – describing how he was rekonized by a fan, who only said: I don’t know how you did it, I don’t care how you did it. I just want you to know how happy you’ve made me tonight.
Well, I felt the same way upon hearing that Ford is apparently going to offer a turbodiesel V6 in the new Ranger.
And then I felt something else – when I found out it’s probably not for us.
The redesigned 2022 Ranger – it’s bigger than the current model we can buy here in the U.S. – has just been launched “globally.” Actually, hemispherically – since our hemisphere (the North American chunk of it) will not get the new Ranger until 2023.
And we will probably not get the new turbodiesel V6 that will be optional in the new Ranger in other hemispheres. Including even Australia – where people are tackled by armed government workers for not “masking” outdoors . . . but diesels are still largely free to roam.
It is harder to get a diesel engine past through the needle’s eye of government ukase pertaining to allowable emissions than it would be to stuff an actual camel through such an attenuated aperture. Even with the grafting on of chemical exhaust scrubbers, DEF tanks and the re-engineering of the once-simpler, once less-complex diesel engine to a state of greater complexity than a current gas-burning engine, they still have difficulty making the cut.
The few – and it is very few, indeed – that do are very expensive as a result.
As a for-instance, the only Ranger-sized truck that’s available with a diesel engine in America as of the 2022 model year is the Chevy Colorado and its GMC-badged twin, the Canyon. The diesel is, however, only available in crew cab Canyons and Colorados near the apex of the trim pyramid and then only if you buy it as part of a $5,185 package, which means spending at least $35,000 to get the diesel in this truck.
That makes it too rich for most Americans.
Or rather, makes it too expensive to make much sense – especially in view of the slight – about 6 MPG – fuel economy benefit vs. the gasoline V6 that’s available as a much less costly option in lower-trim/lower cost versions of this pick-up.
It’s likely that these same factors will keep the diesel engine outside this market – precisely because it no longer is one.
The balance has tipped decidedly in the direction of a fascist economy.
Many people hear that word and reflexively envision black and white images of goose-stepping soldiers saluting the Leader – but that’s not the defining element, which can be established easily enough by pointing out that every authoritarian regime has soldiers and Leaders -the form of salute being as relevant as whether a serial killer uses his left or right hand to knife his victim.
The relevant – the defining – element of fascism is: private property allowed – but controlled and directed by the state.
You’re allowed to build cars – and trucks – but only within the parameters laid down by the state. You can buy a car or truck, but only those cars and trucks the state says you may buy (and then, you may retain possession only so long as you pay the required – and ongoing – mandatory tithes and use it in accordance with the state’s allowable usages).
And it’s why Americans are not likely going to be allowed to buy the ’23 Ranger with a diesel engine.
The regime – its bureaucratic apparat, actually – has already decided on our behalf that the diesel engine “emits” too much of such-and-such.
It is not obliged to demonstrate a causal relationship between what is “emitted” and actual harm caused. It simply asserts that the “emissions” of such-and-such may not exceed so-and-so and that’s all there is to it.
Unlimited power to decree what they (the car companies) can sell and what we may buy. It is why we cannot get the diesel engines – plural – that are already available in the current Ranger, on sale in places like Australia.
Which, by the way, is also available with a manual transmission. But not for us. The Ranger we get – now and pending – is and will be automatic-only, for the same reason we won’t get the diesels.
It’s not just cars and trucks, either – as hardly needs to be stated. It is everything. Or rather, there is nothing – in principle if not in actual fact – that the government hasn’t asserted its power to allow or not and if the former, under what conditions.
It’s a shame there aren’t goose-stepping soldiers saluting the Leader – in high definition color.
People might notice it then.
Possibly, some might even object.
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