While diesel cars are popular on most other continents, these less-complex alternative to hybrid-electric vehicles have yet to gain major traction in the US. As an increasing number of light cars and trucks start to offer these fuel-efficient engines, though, sales are expected to climb as well. While BMW, Mercedes-Benz and the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) continue to lead the way, more non-German automakers like Mazda, Nissan, Chrysler and General Motors are starting to get serious about diesel in America.

TheDetroitBureau.com reports that the 2014 model year will see the number of diesel vehicles offered in the US double to about 40 nameplates, but the news gets even better for fans of these torquey and efficient powerplants. LMC Automotive has released data about future expectations of diesel cars in the US, and it predicts that sales should be very close to one million units in 2015 (up from an expected 600,000 units this year). By 2018, LMC's calculations suggest that sales will more than double from this year's expected totals accounting for almost 8 percent of new light-vehicle sales.


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      Ono
      • 1 Year Ago
      The anti-diesel sentiments here seem to be based mostly on ... on nonsense. Some posting here have had truly negative experiences with their diesel vehicles and that is unfortunate. I'd venture a guess more problems have been experienced with buyers of gasoline or hybrid units. I know that all the U.S. auto builders sell a diesel model in Europe. Since they are not for sale in the U.S., diesel nay-sayers are talking unsubstantiated BS. For many years I have believed hybrids are not ready for prime time and I maintain my position. Stop hating on road-tested diesel facts ... or continue to do what you do best: make up your own facts.
        navalphoto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ono
        FACT: The cost of diesel was much lower than gasoline just a few years ago. With the advent of more diesel cars and pickups the cost went through the roof, not because of refining as diesel is far less expensive to produce than gas. Corporate greed has raised the prices and that has caused the cost of most good to also rise. Everything moves by diesel, including trains, and you and I pay through the nose for the difference. FACT.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      The biggest reason the road tax on diesel fuel is so high is that the over-the-road trucks use diesel and they are the main vehicle that tears up highways with heavy loads.
      jdp1223@att.net
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is it the first product that comes of the cooker plant is diesel, has less additives is almost a dollar more a gallon? I've had diesel trucks for over 15 years and for some thing you need to work hard gas jobs just don't make it. 8000 pounds of truck and 21 MPG on the road empty. 18 with a load in the box.
        jmason7708
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jdp1223@att.net
        what id like to know i drove semis 25 yrs ago 80,000 lbs with a a cummings that got 5mpg you should be getting hell of a lot more then 21
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Prius are rare in England.ast car I drive there was a Volco XC60 diesel
      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm such a trend setter in my TDI Sportwagen :)
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      gilead82
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fuel cost per gallon isn't that much more. And fuel mileage increase is considerable. And the best part is: they're not hybrids (yet). Look at the M-B GL 2.1 Turbo diesel making 200 HP, almost 400 ft/lb of torque & 33 MPG rated hwy. I'm surprised Jeep hasn't promoted their 2.8 diesel better & increased the model availability. I'd love to get a diesel, but I can't afford any car payment right now.
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      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      welcome to Europe circa 15 years ago... diesels are awesome, not just for trucks. And their tuning potential is amazing with all that torque available...super fast!
        Speed Devil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        You summed up why I love them
        Sacto1654
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        Unfortunately, Europe has also discovered that the higher NOx output and diesel particulates are still a big problem for diesel-powered cars. That's the reason for the Euro6 emissions certification--and getting a diesel engine Euro6-certified isn't cheap.
      arnesonconstruct
      • 1 Year Ago
      I drove an Audi A4 in Eastern Europe for two summers and fell in love. Even with the poor roads we were able to average around 40 mpg. This year after doing my homework we purchased a new Passat tdi. We only have 4000 miles on it but have averaged 42.5 mpg (calculated at the pump not computer). The great thing... no $3200. bateries to replace and a resale value that hits the roof. Try to find a used one to see what I mean.
      chuckcelt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm Ok with diesels. My complaint is the artificially high pump prices that allow the consumer to be bent over and prison raped at the pump. Diesel use to be economically a good buy, now it's up in the air due to manufacturers and oil company greed. Doubt me? Just look at flex fuel, it's climbing right up there with regular unleaded. In Colorado, Diesel is almost a dollar more per gallon.
        doonooch
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chuckcelt
        very colourful description at the pump. :-)
        sprtfishr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chuckcelt
        It's the taxes put on diesel by the govt. it's not the oil companies. When G.M. started to build diesel cars in the late 70's and it looked like a lot of people were going to start driving diesels the govt. boosted the taxes because diesel is so much more efficient than gas. If everybody switched to diesel overnight they would essentially purchase 1/3 less fuel to do the same amount of driving. That means 1/3 less taxes to the ribber barrons in the govt.......Any time the govt. says they want to save fuel it's a flat out lie. If you reduce fuel consumption you reduce the taxes they've got in their thieving hands.......In Panama they import almost all the gas and diesel from U.S. refiners but diesel is about 30 cents a gallon less than gas because they don't charge extra tax on it to offset the savings like they do in the U.S.
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        Speed Devil
        • 1 Year Ago
        More green than a Hybrid being made
          skierpage
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Speed Devil
          Stop spouting nonsense. The weight of a VW TDI is within 100 pounds of a Prius. Even if Toyota's recyclable 120 pound battery pack and motors were twice as bad to make as the parts in a diesel, that is dwarfed by the 3 *TONS* of fuel (and 9 tons of CO2) it saves over 120,000 miles by getting 50mpg instead of 35. All reputable studies conclude 75-90% of the pollution from a car comes from its operation, not production. The common-sense conclusion that higher-mpg cars are better for the environment is pretty much correct. Do the math, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsrBLktJsSovdFZnMk1oX1FCOTFoX05ySlpoQV9lU0E
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