Bloomberg. Sales of Volkswagen cars with diesel engines reached a record 22% of VW’s total sales last month. VW posted sales of 20,528 units of all vehicles in the US in April, an 11.2% increase from April 2005.
In 2005, diesels represented 14% of Volkswagens sold in the US, and 12% each for 2004 and 2003. The company currently offers four models with a diesel option: the Jetta, the New Beetle the Golf (now renamed the Rabbit), and the Touareg SUV.
The US VW diesel cars all currently use a 4-cylinder, 1.9-liter engine and offer fuel economies (depending upon vehicle and transmission) from 37 mpg to 40 mpg US combined. (The Touareg diesel uses a 10-cylinder, 5.0-liter engine that offers 19 mpg US combined.)
In April, the diesel versions accounted for 38% of 9,930 total Jetta purchases; 40% of 3,580 total New Beetle purchases, and 13% of 1,875 total Golf purchases according to the company. Diesel sales of the Golf were constrained by a dwindling supply before the coming switchover to the new model (the reborn Rabbit).
J.D. Power & Associates forecast last month that the share of diesel-powered cars and light trucks in the US will almost quadruple by 2015—rising from 3.2% in 2005 to 11.8% by 2015—driven by increasing consumer demand for the more fuel-efficient platforms. (Earlier post.)
The company also forecast that global diesel sales would double over the next ten years—increasing from 15 million sales in 2005 to 29 million in 2015. J.D. Power also expects Volkswagen to remain the largest global supplier of diesel-fueled light-duty vehicles, followed by Ford Motor Company.