WASHINGTON, D.C. --- According to new research by R.L. Polk & Co., Americans are increasingly turning to diesel-powered vehicles because of rising gasoline prices. Diesel engines are 20 to 40 percent more fuel-efficient than comparable gasoline-powered engines. The study shows that registration of diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S. --- including cars, trucks and SUVs --- has grown 80 percent since 2000, from 301,000 diesel vehicles in 2000 to 543,777 diesel registrations in 2005. For the light-duty market, diesel registrations nearly doubled during the same period. J.D. Power and Associates predicts that diesel sales will triple in the next 10 years.

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