Clean diesel continues its fast rise in the US
Clean diesel vehicles, mostly turbo direct injected (TDI) engines from Volkswagen and Audi, are dominating the market for alternatives to gasoline in the United States. New information from HybridCars.com and Baum and Associates shows that sales of clean diesel vehicles are up 27.5% so far in 2012 in year-on-year analysis versus 2011 numbers. Only gasoline-electric hybrids have shown a faster growth rate in terms of sales this year.
What's more, the sales increases are not limited to pickup trucks or large vehicles, as might be supposed, but are instead in small, passenger cars with larger vehicles showing only small sales growth. Clean diesel pickup trucks increased in sales by single digit growth versus some of the TDI options from Europe dominating with well over 50% sales growth year-on-year.
The Audi TDI diesel models showed a phenomenal 64.8% growth versus the first half of 2011 while Mercedes' BlueTEC diesel models saw a 50.3% growth rate.
Research from other sources also shows strong diesel sales in the near-future North American automotive market. Pike Research recently predicted that clean diesel sales would outpace hybrids in the American and world market, nearing a million clean diesels sold per year by 2018 in this country.