While we wait for sales of hydrogen and electric cars to really take off, there's no doubt there has been some early success for one clean technology.
Volkswagen Group of America is reporting that it has smashed the 100,000 sales barrier for its TDI clean diesel models across the VW and Audi brands for the first time this year.
The German carmaker holds a dominant position in the diesel market in the USA: it is responsible for around 75 per cent of diesels sold in both the SUV and passenger car segments in the country. It first introduced a diesel model in America back in 1977 with the Volkswagen Rabbit: and has since sold more than one million cars with these engines in the market.
However, this year marks its best performance to date: with TDI clean diesel Volkswagen models making up 21 per cent of sales during November; and 24 per cent of sales for the year as a whole.
Performance has been boosted by a host of new models being introduced to the Audi line-up during 2013: including the Audi Q5 TDI, A6 TDI, A7 TDI and A8 TDI. There is also an Audi Q7 SUV on the market: and next summer the company will introduce its most fuel-efficient model to-date: in the form of the all-new Audi A3 TDI saloon car.
Volkswagen meanwhile, offers clean diesel across seven models: with six achieving an EPA rating of 40mpg or higher on the highway. Among the models to benefit from clean diesel technology are: the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Touareg, Golf, Passat, Jetta and the Jetta SportWagon.
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