New Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel to Accelerate Interest In Clean Diesel
Autos in U.S.
CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013
Unveiling of Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at Chicago Auto Show Highlights American
Automakers' Renewed Production of Diesel Vehicles
CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
Clean Turbo Diesel passenger car unveiled this morning at the 2013 Chicago
Auto Show is a bold statement about the future for clean diesel cars in the
U.S, said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology
"Without a doubt, 2013 is the most exciting and important year in the history
of clean diesel autos in the U.S.," said Schaeffer from the Chicago Auto
Show. "The Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will be a key factor in taking
the success of clean diesel as a competitive fuel-efficient technology to the
"The Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is coming at just the right time. New car
sales are exceeding expectations and confidence in the new generation of
diesel cars is at an all-time high, as evidenced by the double-digit increases
in diesel sales in 20 of the last 24 months," Schaeffer said. "In addition,
the availability of diesel fuel continues to expand to beyond more than half
of all U.S. stations."
With automakers set to introduce more than 20 new clean diesel vehicles in
North America this year, consumers will have almost double the number of
choices currently available.
"This tremendous and consistent growth in clean diesel cars in the last two
years is particularly noteworthy since it has occurred at time of economic
recession, a flood of fuel efficient vehicle choices along with some of the
highest diesel fuel prices we have experienced," Schaeffer said. "Even in the
face of these significant challenges, diesel buyers see the big picture and
long-term value by investing in record numbers of clean diesel cars and SUVs.
"Today clean diesels are competing with many advanced technologies. According
to a recent January 29 study by JD Powers and Associates, fuel economy is the
number-one factor in vehicle choice. Most diesel car owners report real-world
fuel economy that often exceeds window stickers and posted EPA values, no
matter whether they are driving in the city or highway," Schaeffer said.
U.S. Automakers Adding Diesels to U.S. Showrooms
"The Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel shows another dimension to General Motors
range of fuel-efficient powertrain choices, joining the Chevy Volt, hybrids
and Flex Fuel Vehicles already available. Earlier this year, both Chrysler
and Ford announced new diesel vehicles for the U.S. and General Motors
announcement today signifies that all three of America's top automobile
manufacturers are making strong commitments to diesels.
"That the gasoline version of the Chevy Cruze has been extremely popular in
the U.S. and the diesel Cruze has been well received in Europe, Australia and
other international markets, all bodes well for the Cruze diesel to be
successful in the U.S." Schaeffer said.
While the new Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will carry a 2014 model year
designation, it is expected to be available in the U.S. market by the second
quarter of 2013.
Several Automakers Adding Diesels to U.S. Market
"Already In the past two months, new diesel vehicle announcements have been
coming in rapid succession," Schaeffer. "Mercedes-Benz has announced it new
2013 Mercedes-Benz ML250 BlueTEC SUV diesel that will be powered by 4MATIC
all-wheel drive. At the Los Angeles Auto Show in December, Audi announced
four new clean diesels for the U.S. in 2013 and Mazda confirmed it will be the
only Asian automaker to offer a diesel passenger car in the U.S. with its new
"At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, Chrysler
unveiled its new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel and Volkswagen
demonstrated its diesel/plug-in hybrid CrossBlue S.U.V. concept car.
"And at last week's Washington Auto Show, Mazda's SKYACTIV gasoline and diesel
engine technology was recipient of the inaugural '2013 Green Car Technology
Award' from The Green Car Journal. In addition, Ford has announced its new
2014 Transit diesel van will make its U.S. debut later this year," Schaeffer
Bosch Predicts 54 New Clean Diesel Vehicles In U.S. By 2017
Clean diesel auto sales increased by 24 percent in 2012 over 2011, while the
overall U.S. auto market increased by 13.5 percent. Bosch, a leading global
technology supplier that supplies clean diesel engines for numerous U.S. and
international automakers, predicts that 22 new clean diesel vehicles will be
introduced in the U.S. this year and more than 50 new diesels will reach the
U.S. market by 2017, Schaeffer said.
"In Europe, more than 50 percent of new auto sales are diesel vehicles,"
Schaeffer said. "Many auto analysts predict that U.S. diesel sales will
increase from three percent to as much as 10 percent by 2020."
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ABOUT THE DIESEL TECHNOLOGY FORUM
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raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology.
Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three
key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and
equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more
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