AID’s exclusively compiled data reveals that less than half the new cars sold in Western Europe last year – (49.5%) - were powered by diesels, worst turnout since 2009
It looks like the beginning of the end for Europe’s long flourishing diesel-powered passenger
cars, but AID’s exclusively compiled latest European car sales
numbers, under closer scrutiny, also suggests that today's topical reports about the ‘inevitable fast death’ of the diesel-fuelled passenger car appear both a trifle premature and exaggerated.
On the face of it, underlying European consumer demand for diesel cars is on the decline, but is certainly not plummeting.
That’s the cautiously optimistic message from AID’s bang-up-to-date diesel car sales numbers showing that last year’s diesel car sales share in West Europe’s fast-recovering car market may have slipped marginally below the 50 per cent level for the first time since 2009, but as the year came to a close, the rate of decline appears to have slowed a great deal.
In consequence, those with a glass half-full tendency probably see latest developments as a likely sign that the hardcore of Europe’s high-mileage diesel car users remain reluctant to turn away from a sector that served them so well during recent
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