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Through the end of August, sales of diesel vehicles in the U.S. were up 37.0 percent, compared to the same eight-month period in 2010. Led by the Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Golf TDI, diesel vehicles appear on track to slowly inch their way up the sales charts, though their tally of 8,808 vehicles sold in August still only represents 0.82 percent of total automotive sales. Sigh.

Sales of the segment leader, the Jetta TDI, checked in at 4,800 in August, bringing the diesel sedan's year-to-date total to 36,925. The oil-burning Golf didn't fare nearly as well, but its sales of 914 units in August landed the diesel hatchback safely in second place. In third, with 598 sales, was the diesel-fueled BMW X5 xDrive35d.

Looking for more details? Head over to Hybrid Cars for a model-by-model breakdown of diesel vehicle sales for August 2011.


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      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 3 Years Ago
      " Diesel " coming your way soon . Now proven to cause heart related health problems , childhood asthma , and generally lower the life expectation of the populace !
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        Let me guess: you drive a Prius with "War is not the answer" bumper sticker, and you're gluten-free.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        Let me guess: you drive a Prius and you're gluten-free.
        EVdriver
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        Exactly. Diesel is a way too obsolete, highly polluting technology. Its nanoparticle soot emission can't be cured - DPF is almost 0% efficient at that particulate size - and high NOx emission is also a serious problem (can be reduced, but expensive/complicated/unreliable). Hybrids surpassed diesel's efficiency a decade ago without terribe emission. Diesel is a complete dead end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySR0flj6QnQ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVdriver
          When you charge your Volt. you realize that you are burning diesel or coal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        Sorry, couldn't get the system to allow me to reply to your comment below linking to the Science Daily article. The relevant paragraph is below: "The 'invisible' particles -- less than a millionth of a metre wide -- can be filtered out of exhaust emissions by fitting special particle traps to vehicles. Particle traps are already being fitted retrospectively to public transport vehicles in the US to minimise the potential effects of pollution." All new diesel passenger vehicles sold in the US use this diesel particulate filter technology. Urea SCR takes care of the NOx, the particulate filter takes care of the PM, and I get great torque and great fuel economy.
          Andrew Richard Rose
          • 3 Years Ago
          Jim , Here at the European Union testing centre at Ispra ,Italy . I have been told that the greatest problem lies with the nano-particles emitted by the common rail diesel engine ,they go deeper into the lungs and cause cardio vascular problems and of course they are not trapped by the particle filter .
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        @Andrew Richard Rose
        If this is the case, then why is life expectancy shorter in the US, than in Diesel countries like France, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and so on? Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy Or to rephrase: Stop spreading FUD!
          Andrew Richard Rose
          • 3 Years Ago
          Ted , you should try living here in Italy where 70% of the vehicles on the roads are diesel . As to why people have a shorter life expectancy in the States than in Europe ,may I suggest 1. Fast Food 2. lack of exercise 3. diabetes 4. GMO in the foodchain 5. Aspartame 6. Wars . But don't worry too much we are catching you up fast . and here is the link to the "FUD" , enjoy http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110713211942.htm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        Let me guess: you're gluten-free.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just purchased a 2011 Jetta TDI. So far, I'm averaging in the high 30s (MPG) for pure in-town driving and in the high 40s or low 50s for pure urban-interstate driving, so I can attest that the Jetta outperforms it's EPA rating by more than 10%. I chose a stick shift and I can burn rubber in at least 2 gears. The car feels powerful. The Jetta feels roomy and quiet. I only paid $22,300 (including the junk fee) in an end-of-year deal. Overall, I like this car.
      OldSalt
      • 3 Years Ago
      22K for a high mileage diesel or 41K for a mediocre mileage Volt when its not running on volts? TDI sales are about 26 times the Volt sales in August. Why was the Volt even built? I have a hard time understanding the thinking behind that car. Anyone? Oh, wait, wait. I got it! GM was forced to build by its government owners. Just like Solyndra was a 500 million dollar failure that evidently rewarded friends of Obama, so too the Volt was pushed down another company's throat, all friends of Obama. I'm starting to think the Green Agenda is DC is nothing more than payoffs to long time allies of the Obama's and the Democratic Party.
        skierpage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @OldSalt
        GM Volt was initiated under George W. Bush. The value proposition of the Volt is that if your commute is less than ~35 miles, you drive on electricity (cheaply and relatively cleanly) instead of burning gasoline. What's so hard to understand? Future cars will have an all- or partly-electric powertrain, so whether or not the Chevy Volt is a success, the engineering in the Voltec platform is important for GM's long-term relevance. None of this is politics, you look dumb trying to make it so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2011 Jetta TDI wagon. I averaged 47 mpg on my trip from New York City to Washington DC. This was on a car that had not finished its break in period. So I am hoping for even better mileage the next time. In the city I average 24 mpg. It is a fantastic driving car. I even drove it in the heavy rains of Hurricane Irene and the handling was quite responsive. Bad points: The DSG gear shift is a bit hard to figure out. The instruction manuals are really awful. Every feature seems designed by a focus group. Bargaining on price is non existent.
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