U.S. Consumers Warming up to Diesel Cars
November 28, 2011 12:30 PM
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Diesel cars are plentiful in Europe
As the demand for more efficiency in vehicles increases with the government and some consumers in the U.S., some drivers are starting to consider vehicles that previously weren't popular options. One of the efficient options that consumers are starting to take notice of is the diesel engine. Clean diesels are one of the technologies that several major automakers are now looking into.
reports that as of now diesel sales in the U.S. are less than 3% of the total sales, which is expected to change. One of the new diesel vehicles coming to the market is from a domestic manufacturer;
Chevrolet will introduce a diesel version of Cruze in 2013
. For GM, bringing the diesel Cruz to the U.S. has little risk since it already sells diesel cars in other countries.
The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will arrive in '13
Other automakers are looking to diesel cars as well with Mazda expecting to launch a new diesel engine in 2013, and the recipient is likely to be the all-new CX-5 small crossover utility vehicle. German automakers Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes all offer diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S.
Some suppliers to automakers like Robert Bosch LLC are predicting that diesel sales will grow to be 10% of the U.S. market over the next decade. Diesel cars are very popular in Europe where gasoline is expensive and diesel is more cost effective.
And it's not only economy cars that will be going diesel -- some performance cars are moving to diesel engines. BMW is expected to launch a
of the M5 next year.
Mazda is widely expected to bring a diesel version of the new CX-5 to the U.S.
The big draw for diesel engines is that the engines are often more durable, produce more torque, and they are 20 to 30% more efficient.
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Stop the nonsense
11/28/2011 7:13:24 PM
The whole condescending "Americans are too stupid to understand diesel" is absurd. We buy what makes sense based on our own personal economics.
Why would someone spend up to $5k more for a car that will never give a return on that difference? Understand that in the US a lot more diesel is used for trains and trucks. In addition it is more regulated, therefore more costly. There is a limit to the ratio of gas:diesel that can be taken from a barrel of oil and refiners boost that ratio based on consumer (including shippers) demands, thus altering the cost.
When diesels start to provide a greater value than the cost, we will buy them.
RE: Stop the nonsense
11/29/2011 5:53:18 AM
I agree 100%.
People are not stupid, just 101 economics.
Gas and diesel are higly taxed all over EU, translating to high cost of ownership so everybody buys small cars and/or diesel variants.
in real life scenario, u can drive petrol pickup for less money tnan most europeans pay for ford fiesta diesel...
RE: Stop the nonsense
Dr of crap
Dr of crap
11/29/2011 8:55:06 AM
Oh, yea of little common sense.
American's are WAY stupid!
As George Carlin said -
"Think about how stupid the average person is, and realize that HALF of the population is stupider than that!"
"Americans are too stupid to understand diesel" is absurd."
It's the same story, we look back to the 80's diesels and don't want them.
That was 30 years ago people. Yet it keeps coming back up again, and again.
Yes, I get that diesel gas is priced higher than gas and the diesel cars are higher priced as well, but let's put them out there to SEE IF THEY will sell. But I'm thinking the numbers will be low because of the STUPID people out there.
Remember there are such stupid people out there they will buy the over priced Volt just because!
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