According to information compiled by consultancy firm Baum & Associates, sales of clean diesel vehicles in the U.S. jumped by 27.5 percent during the first half of 2012.
Diesel sales have seen incremental increases in the last two years, witnessing double-digit gains in 20 out of the last 23 months. Although diesel volume in the U.S. still lags far behind that of Europe, where oil burning cars account for more than 50 percent of the market, the gains represent very significant ones, especially for a nation where, less than a decade ago, diesel was still considered a dirty word by many motorists.
Diesel volume is expected to increase significantly in the U.S., with new models introduced as automakers strive to meeting tightening Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which given current rules, will require a fleet-wide wide “54.5” miles per gallon by 2020. In fact, data from Pike Research indicates that diesels will make up 12.4 percent of the market by 2018.
Among the oil burning vehicles expected within the next 18-24 months included a Cadillac ATS diesel, Chevy Cruze diesel, Ford Transit Connect diesel, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mazda SkyActiv-D.
Updated versions of diesel cars previously sold here are also on the way, including a new generation VW Beetle TDi and Mercedes S-Class BlueTec.