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EUROPE | DIESELS |  AID EXCLUSIVE 
Europe's diesel car sales share hits lowest level since start of diesel emissions scandal
Published: Thu, 29th June 2017 14:14:00 GMT  
 

West European Diesel share falling

West Europe’s diesel car market was expected to have a difficult year because of the unrelenting anti-diesel campaign in the popular press. With seemingly non-stop flak-fire aimed at diesels it hardly comes as a surprise that growing numbers of Europe’s confused and increasingly anxious diesel car users, when changing their car, are reverting back to the comparative security of petrol powered cars 

That at least is the underlying sobering message from AID’s latest exclusive diesel car sales numbers in Western Europe. 

Drawing attention to the sector’s suffering, May’s diesel car sales share slipped to 45.1 per cent. 

Put into perspective with the recent past, that’s the lowest since monthly tracking began in October 2015, just weeks after the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal broke in September 2015. 

Since then, following erratic swings, West Europe’s diesel car share has continued its seemingly unwavering downhill slide. 

This May, following an eye-watering loss of 5.6 percentage points against the same month last year, West Europe’s diesel car share dropped to just 45.1 per cent. 

Put into historical perspective, directly following the fateful news of Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal Europe’s increasingly anxious diesel car owners have been drifting back into more future-proof petrol-fuelled cars. 


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