Anxious consumers likely seek refuge from Europe’s raging diesel storms – petrol seen as safe haven
It begins slowly, as these things do.
Thanks in large part to Volkswagen’s highly toxic diesel emission scandal, deeply damaging press coverage continuous to ooze out of Europe’s badly hit diesel car sales scene like a menacing black oil slick.
And before you know it, an initially slow-turning tide away from badly tarred diesels threatens to evolve into a torrent of change.
AID’s latest diesel health check, this time for both March and this year’s first quarter diesel car sales in Western Europe, shows that growing numbers of Europe’s new car buyers are now turning their back on long-trusted diesels.
AID’s exclusively compiled March car sales numbers for Western Europe show the now closely watched diesel car sales share resuming a slow but steady downward trajectory.
In so doing, diesels are continuing a downward trend that first gathered notable added momentum during the closing months of last year.
AID’s regular snapshot view - this time for both March and this year’s first quarter - highlights the setting of a new major milestone.
Sending potential tremors through the offices of companies with a vested interest in the underlying health of Europe’s previously flourishing and long-market dominating diesel car market, West Europe’s diesel car sales share this March dropped to less than half the new passenger cars sold in the otherwise lively March car market.
That’s a notably slimmer 49.1 per cent compared with 50.9 per cent during the same month last
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