By on July 21, 2014

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Though hardly any of the offerings can be found in a brown wagon with a six-speed manual pushing power to the back, U.S. sales of clean-diesel vehicles have climbed up 25 percent this year.

Autoblog Green reports clean-diesels are set to double their current 3 percent of total vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2018, according to Diesel Technology Forum. The group also noted the 25 percent jump is besting overall sales thus far in 2014, having only seen a boost of 4.2 percent in comparison.

As for the cause of the leap into oil-burning, consumers seeking better fuel economy find a 30 percent gain when the engine quietly purrs, especially when 27 of the 46 available clean-diesel models for the U.S. market are cars and SUVs. Winners include Audi and Chevrolet, both moving 8,100 and 3,000 units through the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, Volkswagen, lost 8 percent in sales during the same period, though still lead the way with 42,000 vehicles leaving the lot.

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12 Comments on “Clean-Diesel Sales Up 25 Percent In The US For 2014...”


  • avatar
    NormSV650

    Diesel sales are expected. But the plundering hybrid sales is surprising but considering most small cars are seeing 40+ mpg might be a big reason.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    So generally, the US governement doesn’t want us using diesel because ___________.

    I feel like the US is the only country which does this. I think consumer education might be another issue. Diesel engines are mystical and require special treatment and maintenance – and people don’t know what that entails. And they remember is their neighbor’s loud 240D from 1985 and how nasty it was.

    I can remember as a small child being at the grocery store in the winter, and someone in an old Merc Diesel went past as we got out of the car. I asked my dad why that car sounded so bad, and he said “It’s a diesel, that’s what they do when it’s cold.”

    • 0 avatar
      cpthaddock

      Way back when, the UK lagged behind continental Europe in Diesel adoption. BL, Ford and GM made up the lions share of the market and had few if any offerings. Diesels tended to be “Foreign” (French or German).

      What it took to change this was:

      (1) higher gas prices
      (2) improvements in turbo diesel technology
      (3) higher gas prices
      (4) greater acceptance of “Foreign” cars and the demise of BL
      (5) higher gas prices
      (6) increased model availability
      (7) higher gas prices

      I swear, it took me over a decade to get over my instinctive aversion to poor fuel economy and learn to love US market gas guzzlers … relatively speaking :)

    • 0 avatar
      RogerB34

      The EU’s subsidize diesel and that’s why they sell well.

    • 0 avatar
      lightbulb

      It is interesting because with a hybrid there is the superior fuel economy over any gasoline engine and correct if I am wrong the Federal and many states offer tax credits for purchasing a hybrid. That should them more popular. Diesel growths makes little sense since the vehicles have a reputation to be expensive to maintain, and they more expensive to purchase. Then there is no tax refund for diesel cars. On top of this the cost of diesel is more expensive than regular and in many states it is more expensive than premium. Diesel growth is not sustainable without the government subsidizing the cost as they do in Europe.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    The VM Motori 3.0 diesel in the high volume Ram 1500 will add to these totals.

  • avatar
    LeeK

    Are there dirty-diesel vehicles for sale? What is the difference between the two?

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I wouldn’t mind test-driving the Cruze diesel, but who knows if the Chevy dealers around here actually have any. That and I doubt any dealership would ever let a guy test drive a car who can’t afford to actually buy it. :P

    • 0 avatar

      I drove it. It’s a decent attempt, but not nearly as good as the Jetta TDI. That said, the Cruze in any configuration is a much nicer car than the Jetta. It’d be nice if you could get the RS package (which is the only way I’d buy my Cruze) with the diesel.

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        Well I’m sure it’s cheaper than a Jetta TDI and I have a Chevy dealer much closer than a VW dealer, so those are points in its favor.

        Not too worried about it not being as good as the Jetta TDI, that’s a pretty high bar and GM could certainly improve upon the Cruze Diesel’s current weaknesses.

  • avatar
    M1EK

    There should always be air quotes around the “clean” in “clean” diesel. It’s still much dirtier than modern gas engines, and not even in the same universe as most hybrids.

    And hybrids offer less maintenance than gasoline cars in general; while “clean” diesels are requiring more (urea systems, etc).


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