Diesels Provide Savings for Consumers
WASHINGTON - Even thoughthe price of a gallon of diesel has climbed more than 20 percent in the past 12months, diesel cars still offer better gas mileage and savings than regularcars. That’s because diesel engines are more efficient than gas engines,delivering up to 25 percent to 30 percent more miles per gallon, according towww.businessweek.com.
Audi,BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen are launching a wave of new clean-dieselcars in the United States starting this fall and into 2009 and beyond. Domestic and Asian manufacturersalso have plans to offer more diesels in the U.S. market.
A yearago, when diesel fuel was cheaper than regular gas, the diesel model would havesaved almost an average $500 a year in fuel costs, based on 15,000 miles ayear, at the EPA highway mileage estimate. Today, because diesel fuel is somuch more expensive and because the mpg advantage for diesel Jeep GrandCherokee is only about 15 percent, the diesel model would actually cost about$100 a year more to operate than the gasoline model, according towww.businessweek.com.