Against a background of uproar in both the popular and financial media and siren warnings of a potentially crippling body blow for diesel powered cars, AIDís latest health check suggests that it may still be too early to write the obituary of the diesel car market in Europe
Thatís the message from AIDís exclusively compiled provisional figures showing that during the nine months to September this year West Europeís diesel car sales rose by a slightly lower than average 5.6 per cent to 5.19 million units.
At this yearís three-quarter stage, the sales share going to diesel-fuelled cars eased back to 51.7 per cent, dragged down mainly by France.
So far so good.
Despite plummeting fuel pump prices across all of Europe, AIDís latest pulse sensing suggests on the one hand that so far diesels have lost little of their earlier attraction to Europeís still fuel-economy-conscious new car buyers.
On the other hand, however, fears abound that anti-diesel sentiment among national and metropolitan governments, first spotted in France and Norway, and now driven to new prominence by the headline dominating Volkswagen diesel scandal since the middle of last month, could soon spread across all of
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