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As the number of automakers selling diesel vehicles rise, the amount of motorists buying the oil-burning machines will increase, too, claims Jeff Breneman, executive director of the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars. That statement seems to be simple common sense, right? Well, not so much in recent times here in the U.S.

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Sometimes, it's what automakers don't offer in the U.S. that creates a stir – the diesel engine being one prime example. For years, U.S. buyers have been left out in the cold (mostly) while Europeans have had a vast selection of efficient, diesel-powered vehicles to choose from. With fuel prices on the rise, you'd think that automakers would at least consider adding diesel-powered vehicles to their U.S. lineup. Not Ford, though.

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The U.S., like many other countries across the globe, is pushing for additional legislation aimed at reducing emissions and increasing fuel economy. Some standards take effect in 2016 and stricter regulations may follow soon after. While automakers focus on solving the problem through advanced technologies, a recent study by Hart Energy Consulting suggests that diesel fuel will play a significant role as a future energy source for automobiles.