Monday , November 30 2020

Car buyers give diesel fuel cold shoulder

Europe says goodbye to diesel. It’s a quiet goodbye, but a trend that cannot be stopped. In the first nine months, only 27.2 percent of all new vehicles in Europe had a diesel engine under the hood. For comparison: in 2011 it was 56.1 percent.

“Electrification of the driveline takes away the fuel from customers,” says Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, director of CAR Center Automotive Research in Duisburg (D). It is clear to the well-known automotive expert that this is just the beginning. “Boris Johnson’s decision to phase out internal combustion engines by 2030 will intensify the downward trend in the next few years, as will the tightening of the EU’s CO2 emissions requirements,” he says.

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