US: Diesel auto sales rose 35% in 1st Quarter image

Clean diesel sales were up 35 percent in the first quarter of 2012 over Q1 2011 according to new sales information compiled by Baum and Associates.

Allen Schaeffer, DTF’s executive director, said in a statement that, “I expect clean diesel auto sales to increase further as several new diesel cars are introduced in the U.S. market in the next year.”

The U.S. sales of clean diesel autos increased 39.6 percent in March 2012 over March 2011, 42.9 percent in February, and 21.2 percent in January while sales of hybrid vehicles in US during the first quarter rose 37.2 percent.

“With higher fuel prices, Americans are seeking more fuel efficient cars so it’s understandable that diesel and hybrid cars are showing such impressive sales increases.

In addition, the new federal fuel efficiency standards that will required a 54.5 mpg average by 2025 will also boost clean diesel auto sales, as diesel cars are 20 to 40 more fuel efficient than gasoline versions,” Allen Schaeffer the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum said.

The 2012 Porsche Cayenne clean diesel has just been introduced into the U.S. market and the following auto makers have announced plans to sell additional new clean diesel autos in the U.S.:
2012 VW Beetle, Mercedes S Class ( S350 BlueTEC ), Mazda with its SkyActiv –D 2.2 lter, GM with Cadillac ATS, Ford on Transit full-size commercial van, Chrysler – Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel in 2013 or 2014 and Audi that it would be selling an Audi A6, A8 and Q5 TDI diesel in the U.S. in 2013.