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  •  Diesel cars in Europe (0+ / 0-)

    I'm trying to find a more recent reference.  The best I've found shows adoption rates in 2004 in some select countries:

    http://www.google.com/...

    France went from 35.6% in 2000 to 45.4% in 2004.  
    Austria went from 13.7% in 1990 to 49.2% in 2004.  
    Belgium went from 26.6% in 1990 to 46.9% in 2004.  
    Spain went from  10.2% in 1990 to 38.4% in 2004.  

    With that kind of growth rate, I'd expect the first three to be above 50% now, and Spain not to be too far below 50%.  So, I guess "about half" would be more accurate than "most", but still, the point remains that a huge number of the "gallons" being consumed in Europe are not the same "gallons" that most Americans consume.  Another way to put it would be to point out that 63% of all (gasoline + diesel) consumed in Europe is diesel (compared to 28% in the US).

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