PARIS -- Europe’s overall diesel sales captured a 35.9% market share in 2001, but fourth-quarter sales were even hotter, at 39.8%. The fourth quarter historically has been a good indicator of the coming year’s trend, says auto analyst Peter Schmidt who collected the figures. Schmidt’s AID consultant group, which does an annual study of the diesel market looking five years out, predicts diesels will outsell gasoline engines before 2007. French auto maker Renault SA analysts say it could ...

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