DIESEL MYTHS DEBUNKED
How do you turn a nation of gas guzzlers into derv lovers? Chevrolet is leading the charge
Sales of diesel cars rose 35 per cent in the first quarter of 2012 according to figures from the Diesel Technology Forum and last year they were up 27 per cent.
Okay, they're not about to usurp petrol any time soon in the way they (just about) have here. Diesels account for three per cent of US sales (equivalent to about 180,000 cars a year) compared to a sliver over half of all cars sold in the UK last year.
But more makers selling in the US are joining the likes of VW, who started making the Passat TDI in Tennessee last year. Porsche has announced it's selling the Cayenne diesel and Mercedes is following with the 350 Bluetec version of its S-Class. Even Jeep has said it will launch a diesel Grand Cherokee.