Sales of diesel and hybrid cars have had a dramatic increase as gasoline prices climb. Data gathered by hyrbidcars.com and Baum and Associates show that diesel sales have grown by 35% in the first quarter of 2012, with 28,260 units sold. Hybrid sales increased by 11.4% in January, 55.4% in February, and 39.6% in March for a total of 106,207 hybrids sold. For the same period, gasoline prices increased by 10% in January (year over year), an increase of 13% in February, and 8% in March. There is definitely a general correlation if the three graphs were compared to each other.
However, the increase in gasoline prices isn’t the only reason for the sales surge. Another factor is that there are many more diesel and hybrid cars offered in 2012 than there were in 2011. Notably, there are many more to arrive in 2013. Audi revealed that it will sell diesel versions of the A6, the A8 and the Q5 SUV in the U.S. in 2013.
In addition, the A4 diesel sedan may be released in 2013 or 2014. Chrysler is set to present a diesel Grand Cherokee in the next few years, together with a Dakota pickup and maybe other Jeep models. Ford will soon offer a diesel-powered, full-size Transit. General Motors announced that the Cadillac ATS will be available with a diesel and Mazda would be the first Asian producer to offer a diesel to the U.S. market. Mercedes-Benz has been offering its Bluetec line for sometime and Volkswagen will bring the Beetle to its diesel lineup.