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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Apr 26, 2013 2:46 PM Flag

    Diesel and hybrid vehicle registrations surge

    April 26, 2013 at 11:14 am by Zain Shauk

    Diesel car and SUV registrations jumped 24 percent over the last three years, despite a weak economy, the Diesel Technology Forum said this week.

    Registrations for hybrid cars and sports utility vehicles also soared between 2010 and 2012, jumping 34 percent, the organization said.

    The nonprofit diesel advocacy group used registration information compiled by R.L. Polk and Company to illustrate the growth in adoption of clean diesel vehicles.

    Modern diesel engines are sometimes referred to as clean diesel because they run on low-sulfur fuel and are designed to emit fewer particles and greenhouse gasses than most gasoline engines. Historically, diesel engines have been targeted for hefty emissions, but recent regulations inspired changes that made the engines cleaner burning.

    U.S. diesel car and sports utility vehicle registrations jumped from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 in 2012, while registrations for hybrid cars and SUVs jumped from 1.7 million to 2.3 million during the same period, according to the data.

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    Texas had the highest number of diesel passenger vehicles in 2012, at 775,395. The Lone Star State also has 121,944 registered hybrids. California had the second largest amount of diesel passenger vehicles, with 572,303, and the most hybrids, with 548,199.

    “This new data of total national vehicle registrations coincides with what we’ve been seeing in the monthly auto sales – clean diesel and hybrid cars are showing consistent and impressive growth patterns in the U.S.,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “This consistent growth in clean diesel registrations 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,...


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