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A plethora of new diesel offerings is driving sales, according to a new report from the Diesel Technology Forum. Sales of diesels rose 27.4 percent in 2011, according to numbers from HybridCars.com and market researchers Baum and Associates.

The Diesel Technology Forum pegs the overall market growth in 2011 at 10.2 percent, putting diesels' increase considerably ahead of the curve. Interestingly enough, the group says hybrid sales were down 2.2 percent. The non-profit coalition of diesel engine and technology companies includes such auto industry heavyweights as Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda and Volkswagen.

Diesel sales are expected to grow to over six percent of the U.S. market by 2015, according to the report, and could reach as high as 7.4 percent by 2017, as more diesel models hit the market. Diesel-powered versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cadillac ATS, Porsche Cayenne, Chevrolet Cruze and Mercedes-Benz S-Class are slated for near-term U.S. release, according to the group.

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diesel grand cherokee? anyone got details? might derail my truck shopping

edit: Chrysler demo'd their new diesel 3L V6 at Geneva last year, in a Grand Cherokee. Most likely what we'll see here. 241 hp and 406 ft/lb. 16.5:1 compression, over 28mpg. I hope they offer a turbo version
 

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34 mpg......but we know european estimates are too high compared to reality. 30 seems reasonable since the new touareg does about the same IRL. The Cherokee might weigh more than the treg since it has better 4WD and a 3rd row seat possibly. The new Treg has a very neutered version of the AWD.
 
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