U.S. Diesel Car Registrations Up 24%

Total car market registrations increase just 2.7% since 2010.  

Clean diesel car registrations increased by 24.3%  in the U.S. from 2010 through 2012 following similar trends of double-digit diesel car sale increases throughout the country, according to new data compiled for the Diesel Technology Forum.

The national registration information was compiled by R.L. Polk and Co. and includes data for all types of passenger vehicles—cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans— in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2012.

“This new data of total national vehicle registrations coincides with what we’ve been seeing in the monthly auto sales – clean diesel and hybrid cars are showing consistent and impressive growth patterns in the U.S.,” said Allen Schaeffer, the executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

“This consistent growth in clean diesel registrations in the last three years is particularly noteworthy since it has occurred during an economic recession, the availability of an extremely large number of fuel efficient vehicles, which was topped off by some of the highest diesel fuel prices in U.S. history.  

Even in the face of these significant challenges, diesel buyers are seeing the big picture and long-term value by investing in record numbers of clean diesel cars and SUVs.”

Diesel car and SUV registrations increased from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 at the end of 2012—a 24.34% increase.  During this same period, hybrid car and SUV registrations increased from 1,714,966 to 2,290,903 – a 33.58%  increase.  In contrast, the total car and SUV registrations in the U.S. increased by just 2.75% during the same period.

“When all passenger vehicle registrations are included—cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans—the diesels currently account for 6,658,399 vehicles while hybrids account for 2,295,500 vehicles throughout the U.S,” Schaeffer said, noting that there currently are 27 diesels available in the U.S. market compared to 46 hybrids.

“While total diesel vehicle registrations are slightly less than 3% in the U.S., auto analysts and market researchers virtually all agree diesel sales are going to increase significantly as the number of new diesels made in available domestically will more than double in the next two years,” Schaeffer said.  “Some analysts predict diesel sales will reach 10% of the U.S. market by 2020.

“In addition, clean diesel vehicle sales are also projected to increase as the U.S. moves toward increasing fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025,” Schaeffer said.  “Because clean diesels are 20-40% more efficient than gasoline engines, diesel cars and trucks will play a major role in achieving these new standards.  And an interesting wild card will be the emerging market domestically and internationally of clean diesel hybrid vehicles that will achieve astounding mpg numbers.”
 
California, Massachusetts and New York are the fastest growing diesel car states, while Texas, California and Florida currently have the most diesels.

Below are the individual state leaders in various vehicle registrations categories. Go here to see national diesel, hybrid and total vehicle registration statistics and Top 10 State lists for diesel and hybrid registrations in these categories.

Fastest Growth All Diesel Passenger Vehicles (2010-12) – Cars, SUVS, Pickup Trucks and Vans:

1)      District of Columbia          +20%

2)      Maine                                  +13%

3)      Pennsylvania                     +11%

 

Fastest Growth Diesel Cars and SUVs (2010-12):

1)      California                           +55%

2)      Massachusetts                  +45%

3)      New York                           +43%

 

Fastest Growth Diesel Pickup Trucks (2010-12):

1)      Montana                           +10%

2)      Nebraska                            +9%

         Maine                                  +9%

3)      Pennsylvania                      +8%

 

Fastest Growth Hybrid Cars and SUVS (2010-12):

1)      South Carolina                  +50%

2)      Tennessee                         +48%

3)      Kentucky                            +46%

         Mississippi                         +46%

 

2012 Most Diesel Passenger Vehicles (Cars, SUVs, Pickup Trucks and Vans):

1)      Texas                     775,395

2)      California              572,303

3)      Florida                   292,692

 

2012 Highest Percentage of Diesel Passenger Vehicles (Cars, SUVs, Pickup Trucks and Vans):

1)      Wyoming               10.5%             63,497 total

2)      Montana                 7.8%              91,943 total

3)      Idaho                       6.6%              96,093 total

         Alaska                     6.6%              42,328 total

 

2012 Total Hybrid Cars, SUVS, Pickup Trucks and Vans:

1)      California              548,199

2)      Florida                   122,912

3)      Texas                     121,944

 

2012 Most Diesel Cars and SUVS:

1)      California              84,106

2)      Texas                     64,272

3)      Florida                   49,838

 

2012 Most Diesel Pickup Trucks:

1)      Texas                     697,904

2)      California              461,035

3)      Florida                   228,762

 

2012 Highest Percentage of Diesel Pickup Trucks:

1)      Wyoming              23.1%              60,960 total

2)      Utah                      19.4%              118,771 total

3)      Montana               18.0%              85,585 total

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