Share of new diesel cars is falling

Share of new diesel cars is falling (The share of diesel cars among the newly sold cars in the Netherlands decreased compared to a year earlier. This is shown by sales figures from Bovag. P The image of diesels got a bite at the end of 2015 due to the affair about tampering by Volkswagen with emissions tests. The German manufacturer wanted to make its cars look cleaner than they really are. Altered addition rules in the Netherlands played an even greater role in the same period, according to the Bovag.

In 2017, approximately 72, 300 passenger cars were sold with a diesel fuel tank. That is slightly less than a year earlier, but the total number of cars sold did increase. As a result, the share of diesels in new cars dropped from 18, 9 to 17, 6 percent.

Of the total fleet last year, 16, 2 percent on diesel. This has to do with the fact that diesels have mainly been used as company cars in recent years. Many lease cars disappear when they have more kilometers on the clock abroad. There is more demand for used diesel engines than in the Netherlands.

In Europe last year only 48 percent of the cars were diesel, but also across the border the popularity dropped. According to market researcher Jato Dynamics, nearly 8 percent fewer diesels were registered in 2017.

From research that I amp; O; Research carried out on behalf of Milieudefensie shows that many residents of large cities want their municipality to do more against polluting cars. Of the respondents, 72 percent is for banning polluting cars from the inner city. Moreover, we did not specifically look at diesels. Even cars with a petrol engine, especially older models, emit CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

Retailers have just managed to fear anti-car policy. The inner city and shopping areas would therefore become less accessible, warned Retail Trade Netherlands. That political parties in their election programs control a car-free inner city, chairman Guido van Woerkom finds a bad thing.