A new report compiled by Hybridcars.com and Baum and Associates shows that clean diesel automobile sales in the United States have increased 25.6 percent in 2012. Soon you can expect more clean diesel vehicles rolling into your bays than ever before.
“The 44 percent increase in U.S. clean diesel sales in September was the largest gain of any month in 2012,” said Allen Schaeffer, the executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “And the overall 25.6 percent increase in 2012 is almost double the overall auto market increase of 13.8 percent.”
Today’s clean diesels are not the same as those Americans saw in the 1970s and 1980s. Today’s diesels are fast, efficient and clean.
“With higher and fluctuating fuel prices, Americans are seeking more fuel efficient cars. In addition, the new federal fuel efficiency standards that will require a 54.5 mpg average by 2025 will also boost clean diesel auto sales, as diesel cars are 20 to 40 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline versions,” Schaeffer said.
According to Schaeffer, there are currently 14 clean diesel autos and SUVs available in the United States, and the number increases to 31 when you include light-duty trucks and vans. However, Schaeffer predicts the number of clean diesels available in the United States will almost double in the next 18 months.