Today Volkswagen Group of America reported it had sold over 100,000 Volkswagen and Audi TDI-powered vehicles in the United States this year.

This is the first time it has reached this sales level in a calendar year.

Volkswagen and Audi currently offer 12 different TDI Clean Diesel powered models in the U.S.

“Selling more than100,000 TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is a significant milestone for Volkswagen Group of America,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America. “We’re excited to see the increasing numbers of customers able to enjoy the reliability, durability, fuel-efficiency and power of the clean diesel engine.”

Volkswagen said Audi and Volkswagen pioneered TDI Clean Diesel engines and, as a result, the Volkswagen Group of America is the current market leader in Clean Diesel. Today’s Clean Diesel engines deliver more torque, better highway fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions compared with equivalent gasoline engines.

“The past year has shown that American consumers clearly recognize the benefits of clean diesel TDI vehicles,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America.  “They understand now more than ever that this is a technology delivering real answers to society’s concerns about fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions without compromises.”

Volkswagen Group of America explained more than 75 percent of diesel engines sold in the passenger car and SUV segments in the United States can be found under the hoods of Volkswagen and Audi models.

In the United States, Volkswagen first offered a diesel in the Rabbit in 1977. The company said it has since sold more than one million cars and SUVs powered by these engines in this market. TDI Clean Diesel Volkswagen models accounted for 21 percent of U.S. sales in November and 24 percent of U.S. sales year-to-date, the best year-to-date results on record.

Audi enhanced its diesel-powered lineup in 2013 with the addition of the new Audi Q5 TDI, A6 TDI, A7 TDI and A8 TDI models. Those premium models joined the previously offered Audi Q7 SUV in the market, and next summer Audi said it will introduce its most fuel-efficient model, the all-new A3 TDI sedan.

The Volkswagen division said it offers Clean Diesel technology in seven different models, six of which get an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg or more on the highway. The models include the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat and Touareg.