Diesel vehicle sales could explode the next few years, hitting as much as 10 percent of new vehicle sales by 2018, USA Today reported, citing an expert panel.
Deman driven mostly by an increase in fuel economy, automakers will increasingly offer more diesel vehicles as a way to meet ever-tightening federal mileage regulations. Regulations will require 54.5 mpg in laboratory testing by 2025, which converts roughly 39 mpg for the “combined” rating on the new vehicle window sticker, USA Today says.
The newspaper further says the number of diesel models on sale in the U.S. already will double this year from the end of 2012.
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