Data compiled by the IHS Automotive for the Diesel Technology Forum shows that despite lower gasoline and diesel fuel prices in the second half of 2014, the registrations of fuel efficient clean diesel and hybrid cars and SUVS both showed double digit increases in vehicle registrations in 2014. Clean diesel cars and SUVs showed an increase of 13.5% in 2014 and over 2013, and hybrid cars and SUVs increased by 15.1%.
The new data was unveiled by Allen Schaeffer, Diesel Technology Forum Executive Director and is based on data that includes the registration statistics of all passenger vehicles, cars, SUVS, pickup trucks and vans that and was compiled by IHS Automotive in all 50 states and the District of Colombia to 31 December last year.
Schaeffer commented, “just as important is the fact that automakers are introducing more diesel powered models every year and consumers are warming up to the efficiency and unique characteristics of the powertrain. In fact, many drivers report fuel economy benefits that consistently rival a hybrid. While diesel passenger vehicles currently make up a modest 2.88% of the entire US vehicle market, consensus forecasts predict that diesel cars, pickups and SUVs will comprise about 7% of the market by 2020 or just over 1 million diesel powered cars and trucks on the road.”
California, Massachusetts and Nevada
According to the data, California, Massachusetts and Nevada lead the nation with the fast growing registrations for clean diesel cars and SUVs.
Texas, California and Florida
Large population states in Texas, California and Florida are the top states with the highest number of diesel car, SUV, pickup truck and van registrations. These three states were also the top states in 2013 registrations. California is the only state in the US that has more hybrid registrations than diesel registrations. All 50 states and the District of Colombia have shown increases in diesel registrations and hybrid registrations in 2014 compared to 2013, except Georgia which showed a 4.6% decrease in hybrid registrations.
Diesel, SUV, pickup truck and van registrations hit 7.4 million in 2014, an increase of 360 121 over 2013. Hybrid vehicle registrations increased by 427 302 to a total of 3.2 million total registrations. Diesel car and SUV registrations have increased 47.6% since 2010 and hybrid car and SUV registrations increased 89.4%. The overall car and SUV market increased only 6.4% during the same period.
Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd
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