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Diesel Sales Surge in US, Hybrid Fall Slightly in 2011

Convention would say that Americans think green cars are hybrids and diesels are slow. But necessity has made them go pas conventions, and demand for diesel-powered vehicles has risen 27.4 percent in 2011 compared the previous year. At the same time, sales of hybrids dropped slightly, by 2.2 percent, though supply disruptions might have something to do with it.
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It’s the European automakers, like BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen Group that have spearheaded sales charts in America. However, most Japanese automaker, and Toyota and Honda in particular, were hit hard by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the floods in Thailand.

Yet demand for diesels is there, and despite some diesel tech costing a bit more than conventional petrol engines, the benefits are real. A number of domestic automakers are now introducing their own diesels, especially GM (think Chevy Cruze).
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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