This June, continuing a
trend that first gathered momentum during the closing months of last
year after the bombshell news of Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal, West
Europe’s diesel car sale share slipped below the 50 per cent mark,
raising industry fears that today’s trickle of desertions could soon
turn into a torrent
Europe’s autoindustry, and Germany’s Volkswagen Group more than most, is
now experiencing the moment it hoped would never come: Growing numbers
of their previously long-loyal customers are suddenly turning their
backs on previously long-trusted diesels.
That’s the overriding message from AID’s exclusively compiled
latest numbers showing that the rate of change from diesel to
petrol-powered cars in Europe is continuing unabated.
Further signs that the industry finds itself at a
crossroads, with all lights flashing amber, June’s diesel car sales
share in Western Europe dropped below the psychologically crucial 50
per cent level...more
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