2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Through the end of August, sales of diesel vehicles in the U.S. were up 37.0 percent, compared to the same eight-month period in 2010. Led by the Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Golf TDI, diesel vehicles appear on track to slowly inch their way up the sales charts, though their tally of 8,808 vehicles sold in August still only represents 0.82 percent of total automotive sales. Sigh.

Sales of the segment leader, the Jetta TDI, checked in at 4,800 in August, bringing the diesel sedan's year-to-date total to 36,925. The oil-burning Golf didn't fare nearly as well, but its sales of 914 units in August landed the diesel hatchback safely in second place. In third, with 598 sales, was the diesel-fueled BMW X5 xDrive35d.

Looking for more details? Head over to Hybrid Cars for a model-by-model breakdown of diesel vehicle sales for August 2011.