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Our American cousins are seeing the diesel light

U.S. clean diesel registrations are up by a quarter in two years

Published: April 28, 2013, 6:15 PM

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Since the tastes of our American neighbours often helps dictate what vehicles come our way, it pays to keep an eye on them, and it looks like they might be catching a bit of the diesel bug.

According to data compiled for the Diesel Technology Forum, clean diesel car registrations are up by 24.3% in the US. from 2010 through 2012. The national registration information, compiled by R.L. Polk and Company, includes data for all types of passenger vehicle in all 50 states the District of Columbia.

“This new data of total national vehicle registrations coincides with what we’ve been seeing in the monthly auto sales – clean diesel and hybrid cars are showing consistent and impressive growth patterns in the U.S.,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

“This consistent growth in clean diesel registrations in the last three years is particularly noteworthy since it has occurred during an economic recession, the availability of an extremely large number of fuel efficient vehicles, which was topped off by some of the highest diesel fuel prices in U.S. history.  Even in the face of these significant challenges, diesel buyers are seeing the big picture and long-term value by investing in record numbers of clean diesel cars and SUVs.”

Diesel car and SUV registrations increased from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 at the end of 2012 – a 24.34% increase.  During this same period, hybrid car and SUV registrations increased from 1,714,966 to 2,290,903 – a 33.58% increase.  In contrast, the total car and SUV registrations in the U.S. increased by just 2.75% during the same period. There are now 6.65 million diesel and 2.29 million hybrid passenger vehicles registered in the U.S., accounting for slightly less than 3% of total vehicle registrations. Schaeffer said some analysts predict diesel sales will reach 10% of the U.S. market by 2020.

California, Massachusetts and New York were the fastest-growing diesel car states, while Texas, California and Florida had the most diesels currently.

The Diesel Technology Form is a non-profit national organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology.