Diesel, hybrid sales surpass overall US market growth rate

Hybrid sales have grown rapidly in the US during the past couple of years – well outpacing the overall automotive market – and it looks like diesel sales are beginning to follow that trajectory as well.

US hybrid light-duty vehicle registrations have jumped 34 percent from 2010 through the end of 2012 and diesel sales are up 24 percent to about 797,000 from about 641,000 two years earlier, diesel advocate Diesel Technology Forum says (citing a study conducted by R.L. Polk at the DLF’s request). The important thing to note is that, during the same period, total vehicle registrations were up less than three percent, indicating that more consumers are turning to green vehicles in order to address rising gas prices. It will likely not surprise anyone that California, Massachusetts and New York had the fastest growth rates for diesel sales.

Anyone following parallel questions about education ain’t surprised either. We can argue all day about education methodology; but, when it comes to basics of turning out graduates – the comparison to states that prefer ignorant citizens is dramatic. Educated folks making educated decisions is what it’s about.

Folks interested in quality of life generally extend that interest to their fellow human beings on the planet. It’s only the greediest of owners and power brokers who ignore life on the planet outside the boundaries of their McMansions.

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