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Author Topic: Diesels: Hey, Look, We Charted U.S.-Market Diesel Take Rates, Prices, MPG, and More! Back to Topics
walkerms1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:05:53 AM

If ?you haven’t noticed that diesels are infiltrating American roads, it’s probably because they no longer trail black smoke. But $4 gasoline has made diesels viable here, as have German brands that have improved upon this technology in response to European market-engineering. Which is a funny thing: Whereas European countries—their cities a hybrid-driver’s dream—push oil burners, the U.S. incentivizes EVs and hybrids even though our kind of driving calls for the long range and high torque that diesels provide. But even if the government doesn’t get it, this chart shows that the people do—the rich and frugal ones, at least.
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 12:59:14 AM

We will definitely be considering a diesel powered option for our next pickup acquisition. With any luck, US consumers will see a plug-in diesel/hybrid option on the market in the near future as an alterntive to the gasoline engines that are available today.
YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:53:09 AM

In a number of cases, the number of diesels sold went down. Wonder why.

I would consider a VW diesel, but there is no dealer within 200 miles.
Eagle3236
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:39:19 AM

GREAT NEWS! Diesel engines are great! We just need to get the price down!
This would help our economy in so many ways!
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:24:14 AM

About time
nozzle46
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:18:24 AM

Roughly 25% gain in fuel economy for a 10% increase in cost. Sounds like a winner.
StationGF
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:11:08 AM

1. diesel vehicles cost more to own,
2. usually diesel is more expensive than regular gasoline,
3. why driving a car requires #93 premium to work or buying the diesel alternative to save money?

Bttlecat
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:08:58 AM

will not help when you are stuck in traffic
walkerms1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:54:45 AM

Do your homework!!!

The more you know...
walkerms1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:53:33 AM

The Jetta now has a hybrid to compete for business with the TDI.
walkerms1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:52:05 AM

The long term trend is that diesel is cheaper than gas.

Diesel does not cost enough more than regular to wipe out the savings.

Most cars that offer a diesel option recommend high test premium grade 93 octane in their gas versions, and diesel is cheaper than premium!
deputydog082
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:37:05 AM

diesel prices are higher around here reducing any mileage advantage
sciotosix
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:23:39 AM

Drop diesel fuel prices and a diesel vehicle looks even better.
amoshins
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:17:24 AM

Cool data, thanks. I'm surprised that the diesel take rates for the VW Jetta's went down while all others stayed the same or increased.
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:12:40 AM

And what will happen if gas drops or diesel prices jump suddenly. Making longer term decisions based on shorter term price differences not a good idea.
AVKZ
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:09:01 AM

Interesting.
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