Despite being a relatively small part of the overall US new car market, sales of diesel cars, trucks, and SUVs are climbing – and could exceed 10% of the total US car market by 2020!
Those numbers come courtesy of Steve Kiefer, GM’s vice president of global power train development who spoke yesterday at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan. “The Chevrolet Cruze diesel (is just) the first of many diesel-powered passenger cars General Motors will offer in the United States,” Kiefer said to the assembled group. And, while he would not go into specific product plans, he did say that “(GM) will continue to introduce more diesels as appropriate and as the market accepts them.”
Currently, GM offers diesel versions of its Sonic compact and upcoming Chevy Trax/Buick Encore small SUV in other markets, and has already promised the US a diesel-powered version of the upcoming Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks. And, while I’d love to see a premium, diesel-engined version of the next Buick Verano (a mechanical sibling of the Chevy Cruze diesel we tested last fall) take on the entry-level TDi Audis, I don’t think GM is getting quite that serious about taking Buick upscale.
Not yet, anyway.
What about you guys? What GM products would you like to see get torquey, efficient, possibly bio-fuels capable diesel engines under their hoods? Let us know, in the comments. Enjoy!