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Diesel fuel

Posted: August 29, 2013 4:54 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2013 5:00 a.m.

For years we’ve bemoaned on these pages the lack of initiative of automobile manufacturers in bringing the same diesel-engine efficiency to the United States that exists in Europe, where mid-size cars often get close to 50 miles to the gallon while getting more than adequate power and a lack of the bothersome noise that the first generation of American auto diesels produced.

All that’s changing. Researchers and auto experts are saying the percentage of diesels sold in the U.S. will rise rapidly in the next few years. The engines improve mileage significantly, and they perform well. The number of diesel models available for sale in this country will double this year over 2012, automotive experts say, providing much more choice for consumers.

Additionally, the cost of such vehicles is coming down as automakers focus on them. One reason is that the better mileage figures help manufacturers meet government-mandated mpg targets, and they’re eager to sell diesels. And as competition increases among manufacturers, consumers will be the beneficiaries. SUVs will lead the way, predictors say, claiming that by 2018, more than a quarter of all such vehicles sold in the U.S. will sport a diesel engine.

The reasons for the change might be many, but the results are all beneficial, and we’re glad to see the diesel phenomenon taking off in the United States.

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