More Clean Diesels Will Come Rolling into Fast Lube Bays

A new report compiled by 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.

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Fast lube operators will soon see more clean diesels, such as this Volkswagen Passat TDI, in their bays.

“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.

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National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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