As the price for a gallon of regular gasoline continues to spike through the roof, everyone is looking for a way to cut down on the cost of operating a motor vehicle. The people of Europe have long since recognized that diesel-powered engines can produce just as much power but are notably more efficient than their petrol-guzzling counterparts.
Well, it seems the trend is slowly starting to catch on in the United States with popular models like the TDI line from Volkswagen, as well as the possibility of the diesel Smart cars coming to the red, white, and blue in the near future as well. Current Smart Car models in the U.S. distributed through Zapworld run at around $26,900, but are standard gasoline versions and will get you around 50-60 MPG, not as “Smart” as the European diesel versions.
According to a recent report from J.D. Power Automotive Forecasting, diesel use is on the rise, with the share of American vehicles using the fuel to increase from 3.2 percent last year to more than ten percent around 2015. This will be especially prominent among “light vehicles” – i.e, not just big cargo-moving trucks. Global demand is on the rise as well, expected to double over the course of the next ten years.