Diesels Will be Cleaner, More Responsive than Hybrids by 2012

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Experts pre­dict Amer­i­cans will buy about twice as many diesels as hybrids by 2012. New tech­nol­o­gy enables diesels to meet the tough­est emis­sions rules.

Background
Toy­ota Prius claims 54.7 MPG but get­ting about 42 MPG in Europe
Diesel-pow­ered cars like VW Pas­sat can bet­ter that w/ much bet­ter per­for­mance
US accounts for about 70% of glob­al hybrid sales, w/ 23% in Asia, only 7% in Europe
Diesels account for 50% of car sales in Europe