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July 03, 2018   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Choosing a diesel will see great fuel savings and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


If you’re like most, you are probably seeing a lot of banner ads splashed across the internet alerting you about great deals on a new car. The July 4th holiday is one of the most popular times of the year for Americans to purchase a new car. If you’re in the market, there’s a strong chance that your next vehicle won’t be a car as most Americans are choosing a pickup or SUV. These vehicles are outselling sedans three to one. Those that choose a diesel will see great fuel savings and will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

So why choose a diesel option for your next vehicle?

First, there are several diesel options today and Americans are buying them in about the same numbers as other advanced technologies. According to passenger vehicle sales for May, battery electrics and plug-hybrid sales were nearly the same as diesel.

Second, diesel bests its competitors when it comes to the variety of vehicle types on the market. There is a diesel option available today in more vehicle types – and those preferred by car buyers – than either plug-in electric and battery electric vehicles. And many more are expected for 2019 and later in 2020.

Third, those car buyers that choose a diesel will see great benefits. According to research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Form, an average mid-size pickup with a diesel under the hood will get an additional 5.5 miles per gallon in fuel economy compared to a gasoline model and saves the owner, on average, $225 per year in fuel costs. And owners who choose a diesel option for their mid-size SUV will get an additional five miles per gallon in fuel economy compared to a gasoline model and save, on average, $175 per year in fuel costs.

While diesel provides owners with superior fuel economy, more diesel SUVs and pickups on the road will provide societal benefits. According to research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum, if every mid-size SUV were diesel, the fuel savings and greenhouse gas reductions would be equivalent to 10 percent of the U.S. passenger vehicle market switching to all-electric drive! Similarly, if every full-size pickup sold in the U.S. came with a diesel engine, the benefits would be comparable to one-in-four cars and trucks on the road achieving 52 miles per gallon in fuel economy.

American car buyers that are looking for a fuel-efficient choice that contributes to reducing emissions do not need to sacrifice on their preferred vehicle. Diesel drivers get the vehicle they want along with the fuel savings and emission reductions.



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