Even Europeans Don't Want Diesel Cars Any More

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Car buyers in Europe are shunning diesel vehicles.

It’s another part of the fallout from Volkswagen‘s massive diesel scandal as countries like Germany are discussing driving bans and authorities debate tighter regulation to cut down on pollution. For the first time since October, sales of new vehicles fell last month in Germany, and diesel models saw the biggest decline. Motor vehicle authority KBA said car sales in Germany dropped 2.6 percent in February to 243,602 units, but analysts say if adjusted for one less selling day, sales would have risen by about two percent.

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Overall, diesel models’ share of new-car sales dropped 11 percent in February to 43 percent, and similar drops were seen in France and Spain. Peter Fuss, a senior partner and automotive specialist in Ernst & Young’s German practice, believes diesel vehicle sales will continue to shrink in the coming months.

[Source: Automotive News Europe]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Shusa2013 Shusa2013 on Mar 03, 2017

    Diesel sales decreased 3.6% in Germany in February not 11% as this story alleges. And owning 43% of the total auto market hardly warrants the headline this story has.