Diesel chosen over hybrids as the alternative to gas-powered cars. CarGurus survey asks – what kind of car will you buy next?

September 29th, 2008


46% of survey respondents chose alternative-fuel (non-gas) cars

Diesels (19% of respondents) outpace hybrids (14%) as the preferred alternative-fuel car.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 27 — CarGurus® (www.cargurus.com), a leading online automotive community, today announced the results of its survey of more than 4,200 automotive consumers worldwide. Forty-six percent of respondents said they plan to purchase an alternative-fuel car (hybrid, electric, diesel, or hydrogen) as their next car purchase. A greater percentage of consumers stated a preference for diesels (19%) than hybrid cars (14%).

Gasoline still the leader – but not by much
When asked what kind of car they intend to purchase next, 54% of respondents chose a gasoline car as their next purchase. A total of 46% of respondents stated a preference for a car other than gasoline only. In addition to diesels (19% of respondents) and hybrids (14%), 13% of respondents stated a preference for more cutting edge power sources – electric (6%) and hydrogen (7%).

Clean diesel – coming of age
“With the advent of clean diesels, consumers can now enjoy great gas mileage and not have to compromise on performance and comfort,” remarked Langley Steinert, CEO/co-founder of CarGurus. “Take, for example, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Turbo diesel (TDI), which gets mileage figures not too far off those of the Toyota Prius (38 city/44 highway for the Jetta TDI vs. 48 city/45 highway for the Prius). For the same price as the Prius (about $22k MSRP), you get substantially better performance due to the higher torque of a diesel engine. In fact, you get about three times the amount of torque with a Jetta TDI – 236 lb-ft compared to only 82 lb-ft for the Prius. These are not your father’s diesels. They are quiet, smooth, and much cleaner than the old diesels we all remember.”

Survey Results
Across the CarGurus Network, 4,200 respondents answered the question: What kind of car are you going to buy next? Respondents answered as follows:

What kind of car are you going to buy next? (Total Votes = 4,200)

1. Regular gasoline powered car   54%
2. Diesel car   19%
3. Hybrid car   14%
4. Hydrogen car   7%
5. Electric car   6%

About CarGurus LLC
Located in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, CarGurus LLC is a leading online automotive community founded by Langley Steinert and Nick Shanny, formerly co-founders of TripAdvisor LLC, the 3rd largest online travel site in the world. CarGurus’ founders, board, and investors bring a wealth of experience from such leading web companies as TripAdvisor, eBay, Expedia, and Yahoo. For more information about CarGurus, visit us at www.cargurus.com.

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  1. E Virgin
    | #1

    I am very dissapointed at car companies for not listing the diesel cars they sell along with specs on such cars I am interested in a diesel suc type car but cannot find any ainformation on the diesel models

  2. zerrath
    | #2

    The hybrid badge is nothing but eco-snobbery. Volkswagen has already beaten the pants off Toyota in terms of emissions. Look at the Blue Polo. Not to mention the fact, lithium mining for batteries is totally destroying the areas its mined around.

    As for me, my next car will be one that was produced between 1935 and 1990. There just aren’t any new models out there that I like enough to buy.

    I get the feeling car designers are no longer “car people”. They don’t seem to be putting any passion into designs. Todays cars just seem way too homogenized.

  3. | #3

    The range of diesel cars available around the world that are more ecconomical than crap like a Prius may surprise you and VW is by no means the best wake up and smell the reality the USA is way behind the world in vehicle design. American cars seem to be stuck in a 1970s technical time warp. GM and Ford build efficient diesel cars outside the US they even build well made good handling petrol cars outside the US in Europe and Australia. Why arent you lobbying for these to be imported and stop building the absolute garbadge thats now clogging US showrooms.

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