Growing numbers of Europe’s new car buyers, presumably put off by the uncertainty now surrounding the future of diesel fuelled cars in inner city centres, plus the related fears of future discriminatory extra taxes on diesels, are doing what they have always done at times of uncertainty and change. They are increasingly opting for the safe option
That at least in the message from latest AID compiled figures showing that during the first half of this year West Europe’s diesel car sales share has slipped back to 52.1 per cent from 53.6 per cent at the same time last year.
Owing chiefly to adverse publicity surrounding the environmental standing of today’s diesel cars on the hotly debated NOx emission stage in real-life driving, the diesel car sales share has now slipped in most, but not all markets.
Nowhere more so that in the former diesel bastion of France where the diesel car sales share has now fallen sharply for three years running.
France, accompanied by similar trends in fringe markets such as Norway, has been a key driver of change.
Here the diesel car share has slipped sharply, with half-year diesel penetration levels tumbling from a recent high of 74 per cent in 2012 to 68.7 per cent in 2013 and 65.2 per cent during January to June last year.
Through June of this year, France’s diesel car share has slipped further to just 58.7 per cent.
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