Interest in diesel engines expected to surge

November 30, 2011 12:00 AM

Diesel engines have always been more of an afterthought in America, especially when compared to how well the engines sell in Europe. However, analysts are predicting an uptick in diesel sales over the next decade as American consumers become more concerned about fuel efficiency, reports The Detroit News.

Auto parts supplier Robert Bosch LLC says that sales of diesel engines will rise by 10 percent over the next decade. In the U.S., diesel currently accounts for about 3 percent of the overall market for vehicles. However, automakers are becoming increasingly interested in the technology as they look for ways to increase fuel economy while maintaining horsepower and torque.

All of the diesel engines currently sold in the U.S. are by Europe-based manufacturers, but that will change next year when General Motors introduces a diesel version of its popular Chevrolet Cruze. Mazda also plans to bring a diesel CX-5 crossover to market within the next two years.

Whether you've got a hybrid, diesel or regular gas-powered engine, auto maintenance is the key to getting the most out of your vehicle. Regular oil changes and tune-ups can not only help with performance and fuel economy, but can also help ensure that the car stays on the road for longer.

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