The black cloud, noise and odors associated by some vehicles with diesel engines are things of the past and US consumers now are buying more than ever, with growth of 27.5% only in the first half 2012.
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The trend has lasted a couple of years rising and confirmed with increased sales of diesel vehicles 22.3% only in June, compared to the same month of 2011, following increases of 14.4% in May and 28.2% in April .
“The increase of 27.5% in the first half reflects the rise of cars with Clean Diesel technology in the United States,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of Forum tencología Diesel. “And although the cars and light trucks (SUVs) diesel represent only 3% of all passenger vehicles sold in the US, the constant double-digit increases demonstrate the new consumer interest by diesel.”
Schaeffer said that despite the volatility of the market for new cars in the United States in recent years, vehicle sales Clean Diesel has increased in 22 of the last 23 months, with double-digit growth in 20 of those months and 30 in 12%.
“And although the percentage of sales is less than 50% compared with what happens in Europe, it is certainly indicative of the renewed interest of US consumers in diesel […] something that will increase with the introduction of new models in this market, “he added Schaeffer. “With more than 15 new diesel and advertised for sale in the United States over the next two model years, I am sure that the interest will increase extensively in the immediate future.”
Schaeffer also said the new federal requirements of law Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), by which automakers must have an average efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon in its model line by 2025, will also contribute to the popularity of this technology since diesel engines with 20 to 40% more efficient compared to gasoline.
At the same time, sales of hybrid and electric vehicles increased 63.5% from January to June on an overall sales increase of 14.9%, indicating that the price of gas remains one of the main concerns of consumers at a when buying or making a lease of a new car.
Some of the prominent data Clean Diesel vehicle sales in the first quarter of 2012 include
• Increase of 64.8% of the new Audi A3 TDI and 37.1% of the Audi Q7;. • Sales of Mercedes-Benz vehicles with BlueTEC technology rose 50.3% in June compared to the same month of 2011; • Volkswagen he reported that sales of the Passat TDI contributed 21% of total new midsize sedan from the German company.
In addition to the recent addition of the Volkswagen Passat TDI 2012 Porsche Cayenne Diesel and 2012, several manufacturers will present the following models with this technology in the coming months
• The Audi A6, A8 and Q5 TDI will be available in 2013 and the diesel version of the A4 will come out as a 2014 to early 2013.
• BMW announced that the US market will see a new line of diesel engines and 2.0-liter four-cylinder plus a six-cylinder 3.0-liter in the next 12 months.
• Chrysler will present the Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel in 2014, along with a version of the Dakota pickup, also with diesel engine.
• Ford will offer the Transit commercial vehicle diesel version in early 2013.
• General Motors will introduce a version of the new compact sedan XTS 2013 Cadillac with diesel engine and the Chevrolet Cruze, both in 2013.
• Mazda will be the first Asian manufacturer to come diesel vehicles in the United States with the introduction of models with SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter engine.
• Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC will present version, which will mark the return of a diesel engine in the flagship of the German firm, the S Class, the US market. Mercedes-Benz also announced plans to offer diesel SUV GLK compact and C Class sedan, and other eight models for 2014 versions.
• Volkswagen will present again the legendary Beetle in its TDI version.
Other models that could reach the United States, but have not yet been officially announced, are
• MINI Cooper diesel; • TDI diesel Volkswagen Tiguan; • Mercedes-Benz A Class diesel; • Kia Optima diesel; • Jaguar Land Rover diesel
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