Volkswagen Sells Record 100,000 Diesel Cars This Year, Is Diesel Starting to Catch On?

By | December 20, 2013
While everyone else is zeroing in on hybrid and electric cars, Volkswagen Group is channeling much of its focus on diesel vehicles. The automaker recently announced it has sold 100,000 TDI clean diesel cars in 2013, marking the first time it has achieved these sales in a single calendar year. The Volkswagen brand offers seven different diesel cars, with all but one boasting 40 mpg or above on the highway. The Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, and Touareg all come in diesel versions. Audi also has many diesels, including the Q5, Q7, A6, A7, and A8. Sound like a lot of cars? According to Volkswagen Group, more than 75 percent of diesel cars and SUVs sold in the U.S. are from the Volkswagen and Audi brands. Volkswagen has been offering diesel cars since 1977 when the Rabbit diesel debuted. Ever since then, diesel has gotten cleaner and more effective. The company says that diesel now helps reduce carbon emissions and boost fuel economy by up to 30 percent compared to cars with standard gas-powered engines.
European companies are putting a particularly heavy focus on diesel, but other automakers are starting to enter the fray. Chevrolet is re-entering the diesel game with the new Cruze Diesel, while Mazda recently announced it will offer its first diesel model with the Mazda6. Still, diesel has a long ways to go before it truly becomes mainstream in the U.S. Source: Volkswagen