Available Diesel Models Expected to Double in 2014

Available Diesel Models Expected to Double in 2014

Plenty of new diesel models are coming to America with industry watchers predicting the number of diesel-powered cars will double in 2014.

As automakers continue to focus on improving fuel efficiency across its lineup in order to meet stricter regulations, some are turning to diesel powerplants that average 30 percent better fuel economy than their gasoline counterparts. Currently there are around 20 diesel models available in the U.S. market, and that number is expected to become around 40 by the end of the 2014 model year, providing North American consumers more choice on the market.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Nissan Titan to Gain Cummins Diesel V8

Earlier this week, Nissan announced that it’d be adding a Cummins diesel V8 to its Titan pickup, joining other automakers such as GM, Mazda, Volkswagen, and Audi in offering diesel-powered vehicles in America. By the end of next year, Audi alone will have six diesel models available in North America.

Bosch forecasts that diesel sales will account for as much as 10 percent of North American auto sales by 2018. Even more conservative forecasts predict the diesel market’s share could rise to 8 percent or higher.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau]

Discuss this story at DieselPlace.com

  • Mark Gold

    Now if we could find a way to get the cost of diesel inline with the cost of gasoline. The price seems to bounce around from week to week and station to station. Sometimes it’s more expensive than premium and and other times it’s the same as regular unleaded. If we could get it regulated to match gasoline prices we’d see a jump in diesel vehicle sales. The big complaint I regularly hear is that “diesel is more expensive than gas”. Of course I don’t hear that from diesel owners, but rather from naysayers.

    Another thing I’d like to see is a diesel option on lower end models and/or across an entire model range. VW offers a great selection of diesel cars, but their TDI models are loaded with options which in-turn drives up the price of the vehicle. BMW (at least here in the US) does the same. Frankly, a diesel engine should be a low or no cost option.

  • DeeBeeCooper

    Diesel owner here… in most geographies, the price difference is negligible. The naysayers are notoriously bad at math (or they don’t bother to do the math at all, which makes you wonder how much money they’re wasting in other areas of their lives). But the math here is pretty simple. Typical diesel price per gallon in my area right now is $3.80 per gallon, but let’s round it up to $4.00. Typical price for the low-octane gasoline is 30-50 cents per gallon less than that, so let’s just say $3.50 per gallon of gas. Let’s say that both our diesel and gasser each have 15-gallon tanks (nice round numbers). Overall, I am getting 50 miles per gallon with my diesel (that’s over thousands of miles, so it’s a solid, reliable figure). Let’s be generous and say that a similar size gasser gets 35 mpg, overall (city & highway combined), which is not realistic, in my opinion, but again, let’s be generous. So with these nice round numbers, it’s easy as pie to figure out whether it’s worth it to buy a diesel. The only figure we’re missing is the difference in purchase price. This is typically $2,000, so we’ll figure that in as well. We’ll even ignore the fact that, at least in my state, there is no emissions testing required for diesel cars, which saves me $25 every year, plus the time and fuel it takes to go to one of the emission-testing places to get it done. So, to begin with our calculation, I fill up the diesel tank, which costs me $60 ($4.00/gallon x 15 gallons). This amount of fuel will take me 750 miles (15 gallons x 50 mpg). At a cost of 6000 cents, I am paying 6000/750 cents, or 8 cents per mile. My gasser costs only $52.50 ($3.50/gallon x 15 gallons) to fill up. This amount of gasoline will get move me 450 miles before I have to buy more (15 gallons x 30 mpg). So I am paying 5250/450 cents in gas, which is of course 11.67 cents per mile. So the difference is 3.67 cents per mile. How many miles would you drive your car in a year? Let’s take the standard 15,000 miles. Many people drive less than that, but many people drive much more than that. In our example scenario the driving the diesel will cost you 55,050 cents (or $550) per year less than driving the gasser. Given the price difference for a new vehicle, the payback period for choosing the diesel is less than 4 years. In other words, before you get to the 4-year mark, you have made back the extra cost by saving fuel, and from then on, each year you will pocket the extra $550 in savings. In the end, how many miles you drive, and whether you drive mostly highway or mostly stop and go, will be the deciding factor. Diesel isn’t for everyone, but don’t be so lazy; if you’re going to dismiss an option, at least do the math first.

  • jimwong

    That’s what Honda said in 2009 and Mazda in 2012. All talk no action. I give up on diesel.

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