First the soothing news for an otherwise anxious diesel car industry. It may still be a slow turning tide. But just as a small stone can potentially trigger a dangerous rock slide, European consumersí initially slow switch from todayís badly tainted diesels back to the comparative safety of petrol-fuelled cars could quickly pick up speed. This is the latest underlying message from AIDís exclusive latest take on Europeís underlying diesel car sales trends
Almost halfway through the current year, the good news for Europeís diesel car industry is that every second new car sold during the five months to May this year was still diesel powered.
The not so good news is that this May, for yet another month, the sales share going to diesel-fuelled passenger cars has slipped yet another notch in the vast majority of markets.
Although the already deeply entrenched downturn in European diesel demand has been slower than earlier feared, AIDís market observers believe that caution is todayís big watchword: An avalanche starts off slowly, but then, with next to no time to prevent the inevitable, it engulfs everything in its path with devastating
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