Local car dealers are seeing a steady increase in sales and interest in diesel-powered cars. Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento says 7% of its sales were diesel powered cars.
Advancements in engineering means they’re rated as zero emission cars.
“Emissions wise, it’s really just water and nitrogen that comes out of the tailpipe of a diesel Mercedes,” said Ken Sammut, a salesman at Mercedez Benz of Sacramento.
Despite Californians having a penchant for being green, Sammut says the biggest draw for buyers is the engines that can last up to a million miles. Some get 40 highway miles per gallon.
Diesels are the biggest seller at Hammer Lane Volkswagen. The VW Passat was awarded Motor Trend’s car of the year largely on the strength of it’s advanced diesel engine.
While hybrids still catch the attention of green car buyers, diesel proponents say hybrid car batteries eventually must be replaced and can be a major pollutant.
Both Mercedes and Volkswagen offer the diesel engine in virtually all of it’s cars — and other makers like BMW, Jeep, Mazda and Porsche will be added to the diesel mix soon, giving consumers a lot of choices in the future.
Registrations of diesel car and sports utility vehicles in California went up 55% over the past couple of years.