Most Diesel Passenger Vehicles Not as Cost Effective as Gasoline, Vincentric Says

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Diesel-engine pas­sen­ger vehi­cles have become much more pop­u­lar with U.S. dri­vers than ever. Vin­cen­tric has found out that there are con­cerns about the cost-effective choices with diesels…

• Vin­cen­tric 2012 Diesel Analy­sis deter­mined that of 23 diesels mea­sured, only eight had total cost-of-ownership that was lower than their all-gasoline pow­ered coun­ter­parts, despite lower fuel costs for all of the diesels.
The eight vehi­cles: all five Mercedes-Benz Diesel mod­els, Audi A3 Diesel, Ford F350 Diesel pickup, and the Volk­swa­gen Touareg Diesel.
• When all costs to own and oper­ate a diesel were taken into account, the aver­age cost-of-ownership for diesels was $1,203 more than their all-gasoline pow­ered coun­ter­parts, with results assum­ing an annual mileage of 15,000 over five years.
Low fuel costs on these highly-fuel effi­cient diesel vehi­cles, envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits, and other poten­tial sav­ings make diesel tech­nol­ogy an attrac­tive option, but the Vin­cen­tric study shows low own­er­ship costs and asso­ci­ated cost sav­ings are spe­cific to the eight diesel vehi­cles.
• Vin­cen­tric peri­od­i­cally pro­duces alter­na­tive fuel reports to help users under­stand and apply cost-of-ownership data in their pur­chas­ing deci­sions, the com­pany said.

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