PARIS — Diesel sales rose twice as fast as the European market in 1998, reaching 3.55 million units, or almost one-fourth of all sales, according to a study released last month. The study, “Schmidt's Diesel Car Prospects to 2003,” published by Automotive Industry Data of Warwick, UK, predicts diesels will have one-third of the European market in 2003. Technical advances, particularly high-pressure, common-rail injection systems, have improved diesel performance, efficiency and emissions, ...

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