Washington, D.C. – California, Texas and Florida lead the U.S. with the most registrations of fuel-efficient clean diesel and hybrid passenger vehicles according to a new analysis and data released today by the Diesel Technology Forum. The analysis is based on data that includes the registration statistics of all passenger vehicles – cars, SUVS, pickup trucks and vans – that were compiled by R.L. Polk and Company in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through December 31, 2013.
Kia is looking at introducing diesel engines to America as part of its long-term plan to continue growing by entering new segments. The arrival of the K900, a Mercedes S-Class-sized luxury saloon, in the US in February and the launch of the company's first commercially available all-electric car, the Soul EV, towards the end of this year are two pointers as to how Kia is expanding its range to appeal to new customers.
Set to be a 2016 model, the next-gen Titan will not only be completely redesigned, but come powered by a 5.0-liter Cummins diesel V8. Output will be in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. A six-cylinder engine is also likely, but no specific details are available just yet. Nissan is intent on remaining a player in the full-size truck segment, so this next Titan will really have to shine.
“The diesel industry is extremely disappointed that a small segment of diesel pick-up truck owners have chosen to tamper with the emissions and engine control systems to over-fuel the engine so as to deliberately produce black smoke emissions. For the last decade, the industry has invested billions of dollars to produce diesel engines that today are near-zero in emissions. That’s why they’re called clean diesel,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a non-profit educational group.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. clean diesel car sales have increased 25 percent during the first six months of 2014 while the overall U.S. car market has increased by 4.2 percent, according to data compiled by Hybrid Cars.com and Baum and Associates. The 2014 clean diesel sales total includes six months of consecutive sales increases, including double digit increases in March (+ 39.5%), April (+ 60.4%) and May (+26.8%). June 2014 was the 43rd monthly increase in clean diesel sales in the past 47 months, with 31 of those months registering double-digit increases.