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


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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