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Volkswagen’s 2013 diesel-vehicle to top 100,000: Why it matters

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Volkswagen of America will easily sales of 100,000 diesel in the U.S. this year, a milestone for both the German and the auto industry.

Although engines date back to the of the automotive age, it’s a that American consumers never taken to. Credit memory of an older generation of smoky and hesitant diesel

But by building a generation of fuel-efficient, and quiet turbo diesels lots of zip, and making a an engine option in almost vehicle VW and its luxury Audi sell here, the German has become a pioneer for the technology.

of diesel cars now account for a quarter of Volkswagen Group’s sales.

“VW’s sales there are 100,000 people who friends and relatives who ride in the and learn that diesel has evolved,” said Karl an analyst with auto information company Kelley Book. “That creates a of mouth that is growing of diesel cars.”

That first-hand experience is because the diesels sold in the decades ago were so bad, said.

Volkswagen says its lineup delivers up to 30% better economy and 12% to 30% lower carbon emissions than gasoline And the cars don’t require a or any special behavior, with one Consumers need to make that they put diesel, not in the tank or face a costly

Diesel cars will to nearly 10% of all new-vehicle sales in said Jesse Toprak, an industry consultant.

Already GM has a diesel version of its Chevrolet compact sedan. Mazda is to launch a diesel version of its family car and several automakers are diesel versions of trucks and

Diesels are popular elsewhere, for about half of European Toprak noted.

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But others the technology will at best a small slice of the U.S.

The diesel Cruze, for example, has not on, said Dave Sullivan, of product analysis for AutoPacific a  consulting firm.

Higher prices for diesel and for diesel fuel hold sales of the vehicles, Sullivan

Diesel fuel can cost 40 to $1 per gallon more than gasoline depending on the region, in California the cost difference can be and at times diesel is less than gasoline.

And a diesel purchase price can be $2,000 to more than that of a gasoline-powered auto.

“The case just isn’t if gas prices stay around Sullivan said. “There are getting diesel-like fuel now. Look at the Fiesta the Mazda3 and the new Nissan Rogue. are all very impressive.”

VW is out in front of automakers because it has on building diesels that a niche of buyers — Sullivan calls “a cult-like — who like the torque and economy of VW’s cars.

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