environmentalists like to read the news these days, with diesel car
sales shares falling in near synchronised fashion across the vast
majority of West European car markets, it is worth taking a brief look
at Germany’s February KBA passenger car sales data. With February’s
sales share of efficient diesel engines falling to a new recent low of
just 43.4 per cent, Germany’s CO2 emissions from
cars rose during the same month. That’s a 0.2 per cent rise to 127.7g/km
according to KBA data. That’s in spite of a near doubling in February’s
BEV electric car sales and a recent record month for hybrid car
To avoid potentially crippling financial fines Europe’s carmakers must
comply with the EU’s average CO2 emissions of
95g/km by 2021.
France which has seen some of the strongest leaks in its once proud
diesel ship is also starting to see slowing CO2
CO2 car emissions in France rose
In fact, this January average CO2 car emissions in
France rose 0.5 per cent to 110.26g/km, according to
During the same month last year the drop in average CO2
car emissions was just over 3 per cent.
In retrospect, starting in the late 1990s, after breaching the 25 per
cent sales share level in 1999, diesel car demand in Western Europe went
through the roof.
1,000km plus on a full tank of fuel
With the promise of superior fuel efficiency and the real world
experience of driving 1,000km plus on a full tank of fuel, more than
half of Europe’s new car buyers already filled up their newly purchased
cars with the ‘black stuff’.
That’s despite an average 12 per cent price premium for a new diesel
powered car over a similarly powered petrol derivative in the
Upper-Medium Passat sector, for example.
With the previously unthinkable happening and the likes of Porsche
offering enjoyable powerful, high torque diesel models, the taboo of
owning a diesel finally appeared to be broken.
Last year in Porsche’s domestic German market, its diesel share was over
one third according to
Porsche's West European diesel mix around 40%
In Western Europe the share was even higher just failing to breach the
40 per cent mark according to AID data.
Put another way, only every fourth Cayenne model sold across the region
last year wasn’t diesel powered, the other three in four were diesels.
The humble diesel engine, for long a favourite on European roads,
commanding more than a 50 per cent share of the market for the past
decade - with the exception of 2009’s car scrappage influenced year -
has slowly been on the decline since reaching a peak market share of
55.5 percent in 2011.
As already illustrated by today’s German and French car market: average
CO2 emissions from cars may actually rise.
Whilst VW Group’s CEO Matthias Müller and Daimler’s Dieter Zetsche are
both backing diesel engines for at least the next two decades, in light
of recent European car buying trends, the likelihood now is that the
95g/km 2021 average CO2 levels from cars might not
Gentleman, it’s high time to work collectively on a diesel re-branding