Given America's historical tendency - now changing - to turn its nose up at diesel, U.S. car makers have some catching up to do.
According to a new report from Pike Research, only two U.S. auto companies make the Top 10 list of "clean diesel" car producers, none ranking higher than fifth. "Clean diesel" is a standard that meets environmental limits for soot, nitrogen oxide and other choking, smog-inducing pollutants.
The list is dominated by, you guessed it, European manufacturers. German brands Volkswagen, Mercedes and BMW take the top 3 spots in that order, followed by France's Peugeot Citroen, all ahead of General Motors.
Europeans have long paid a lot more money per liter of automobile fuel than Americans have - thus the popularity of fuel efficient diesel vehicles on the Continent.
The Top 10, according to Pike:
PSA Peugeot Citroen
The U.S. ain't even Deputy Dog yet. But with a little more work, it should earn its star soon.