Diesel vehicle sales likely to rise in coming years

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Evidence is mounting that indicates diesel vehicles will be more popular in the future. As automakers are making strides to meet government fuel regulations set to be enacted in 2025, one option is to offer more diesel vehicles.

A recent USA Today report highlighted where the diesel market is headed in the coming years. The conclusion: Production is set to drastically increase. A expert panel from the news source indicated that they expect diesel sales to account for 10 percent of the overall sales by 2018. Even though diesel engines are generally heavier, cost more to make and use more expensive fuel, there is one primary reason they are expected to increase in production in the coming years, and that is for their fuel economy.

"The first is diesel's 20 percent to 40 percent better fuel economy than gasoline," reads the article. "It means automakers will offer more and more diesel vehicles as a way to meet ever-tightening federal mileage regulations. They require 54.5 mpg in laboratory testing in 2025, which converts roughly 39 mpg for the 'combined' rating on the new vehicle window sticker."

The article showed that not only are diesel sales projected to increase, but they have already come a long way. According to the data, from the start of the year until now, the number of diesel vehicles on sale has doubled. While automakers are beginning to expand their options for what type of vehicles are taking diesel fuel, the drastic increases this year have coincided with a boom in pickup truck sales, which have likely contributed to the gains.

Diesel SUV sales jump
LMC Automotive recently investigated just why diesel sales will increase so much by 2018, and they found that the primary reason is due to popularity of purchasing SUVs that run on the alternative fuel, mainly for pickup trucks. According to the report, diesel sales are expected to increase as much as 26 percent for SUVs by 2018, marking an increase of 8 percent from 2012.

As diesel sales have shot up this year, it's no surprise, especially considering automakers have ramped up on diesel engines in their trucks. Any new truck owners looking to preserve the exterior of their vehicles should equip them with Husky Liners® mud guards. Nissan and Cummins have partnered up on the next-generation Titan, which will feature a turbo-diesel 5.0-liter V-8, Chrysler will soon offer the VM Motori EcoDisel Ram 1500, and Ford announced that it will have a BabyStroke trubo-diesel in its F-150.  

Diesel vehicles cost less
A study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute showed diesel cars cost less to own than regular gasoline-powered vehicles. The data showed that owners can save anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 in a three-to-five-year period.

"Overall, the results of our analyses show that diesel vehicles provide owners with a TCO (total cost of ownership) that is less than that of the gas versions of the same vehicles," the study said. "The estimates of savings for three and five years of ownership vary from a low of $67 in three years to a high of $15,619 in five years, but most of the savings are in the $2,000 to $6,000 range, which also include the extra cost that is usually added to the diesel version of a vehicle."