Clean-Diesel Sales Up 25 Percent In The US For 2014

Cameron Aubernon
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clean diesel sales up 25 percent in the us for 2014

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.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jul 21, 2014

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

  • LeeK LeeK on Jul 21, 2014

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

  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on Jul 21, 2014

    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

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    • NoGoYo NoGoYo on Jul 21, 2014

      @Kyree 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.

  • M1EK M1EK on Jul 22, 2014

    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).