As the world watches Ford and Volkswagen toy with the idea of partnering, it’s as well to know this isn’t the German car maker’s first American collaboration. While diesel engines never gained popularity in the U.S., we Europeans love - or at least loved - the stuff. Dodge opted for a German turbodiesel under the 'hood' of its Avenger on this side of the Atlantic, choosing a Volkswagen 2.0-litre TDI unit.