Diesel Car Registrations Increase 24 Percent

A new study from R.L. Polk and Company reveals that between 2010 and 2012, diesel car registrations have increased 24.3 percent, with similar increases happening throughout the country. Polk compiled data for all passenger vehicles in all states. Diesel car and SUV registrations went from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 by the end of 2012. Hybrid SUV and car registrations increased by 33.6 percent, going from 1,174,966 to 2,290,903 in the same period. There are now 6.65 million diesel vehicles and 2.29 million hybrid vehicles registered in the US, with diesel vehicle sales to increase significantly as more models reach the U.S. market. "This consistent growth in clean diesel registration 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," said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, in a recent interview. States with the fastest growing diesel markets are California, Massachusetts, and New York, while Texas, California, and Florida have the most diesel registrations. For diesel passenger vehicles, District of Columbia has the fastest growth, with Maine and Pennsylvania rounding out the top three states. "In addition, clean diesel vehicle sales are also projected to increase as the U.S. moves toward increasing fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025," commented Schaeffer. Source: Diesel Technology Forum