Diesel version of Chevrolet Cruze

Diesel vehicles may become a new trend in the United States as U.S. automakers are offering more diesel models.

General Motors Co. rolled out its diesel version of Chevrolet Cruze at the Chicago Auto Show which opened Thursday.

Thus, GM joins Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW in making diesel passenger cars for the U.S. market. In 2013, Jeep will offer a diesel version of its popular Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle; and Mazda Motor Corp. will offer a diesel version of the new-generation Mazda6 sedan.

Diesel-powered vehicles account for only 3 percent of U.S. auto sales at present.

Generally speaking, diesel engines provide more power, better fuel economy, a higher resale value and extra longevity. Fuel economy of a diesel car can be as much as a third better than that of a gasoline car; and the resale value of a sedan with a diesel engine can be about 63 percent of its sticker price after three years, compared to 53 percent for one with a gasoline engine, according to ALG, a consulting firm that estimates used car values for the leasing business.

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