When Volkswagen launches its new midsize sport-utility vehicle a couple years from now you can be sure of several things. Based on the CrossBlue Concept, the crossover vehicle will feature three rows of seats – and offer an optional turbo diesel engine.
And for good reason, considering VW has led the revival of the diesel in the U.S. market. But while it might have been all but alone, a few years ago, the German maker is now just one of a growing list of manufacturers taking advantages of the American diesel revival.
For the first six months of 2014, in fact, diesel sales surged a full 25% year-over-year, compared to a 4% upturn in the overall American automotive market. By comparison, hybrid vehicles have posted a nearly double-digit decline. (more…)