R.L. Polk & Co. reports that registrations of diesel passenger
vehicles in the United States — including cars, trucks and SUVs —
grew 80 percent since 2000. For light-duty trucks, diesel registrations
showed 95 percent growth from 2000-2005, with 31 percent growth just in
2005. Consumers chose the diesel engine option almost half the time (45
percent) in 2005.
Owners find that diesel engines are 20-40 percent more fuel
efficient than comparable gasoline-powered engines without sacrificing
power or performance. Researchers at J.D. Power and Associates predict
that diesel sales will approximately triple in the next 10 years,
accounting for more than 10 percent of U.S. vehicle sales by 2015 — up
from 3.6 percent in 2005.
For more information, visit www.dieselforum.org.