A Turn towards Eco-Friendly Cars in the Wake of Dying Diesel Sales
Recent reports suggest that the diesel engine may be a dying breed. Indeed, it seems as though motorists are turning away from diesel cars and are instead focusing on purchasing vehicles that are much kinder to the eco-system.
SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) reported that 78,778 diesel cars were sold in January. Whilst this number is still rather large, it’s a 4.3% decrease from that of January last year.
In contrast to the fall in sales of diesel engines, SMMT reported that the sales of electric, hybrid and alternatively fuelled vehicles has risen by a staggering 19.9%.
This means that with 2017 in full swing, alternatively fuelled vehicles now make up more than 4% of the automotive market.
Furthermore, statistics indicate that 7,270 AFV (alternatively fuelled vehicles) were sold in January, producing a market share of 4.2%.
Further reports indicate that the fall of the diesel engine has been an ongoing process, and has not suddenly dropped throughout the last few months. Indeed, media attention on subjects such as pollution, health issues and eco-warnings seemed to have made a lasting impact on the minds of consumers.
The increase in thought towards eco-friendly vehicles may also have come in the wake of the huge emissions scandal from Volkswagen, who had been found to skew emissions data during their automotive testing phase.
December 2016 showed a decrease of 6.8% of diesel engines from the prior year, and market statistics show that whilst the automotive industry has been enjoying a healthy growth, diesel engines seem to have fallen behind when it comes to the sale of cars.
2016 provided a ground breaking year for automotive sales. Indeed, statistics indicated that diesel car sales saw a growth of 0.6%, but when compared to the growth of other types of vehicles in the market place, it is evidently clear that consumers are actively turning away from diesel engines to seek alternate types of cars.
7 out of the past 8 months have seen a decline in diesel car sales compared to their previous years, and January’s sales figures seem to have continued the trend. Whilst diesel sales outdone those of petrol engines last year, January illustrated a reversal of the trend. While the market share of diesel and petrol cars was neck and neck in 2015, in January diesel’s market share fell to 45.1% compared to petrol’s 50.7%.
The turn away from diesel engines is further supported around the UK when one conciders recent calls to ban diesel cars outright for their increased pollution.
Doctors in London have written to the Mayor asking for a blanket ban of all diesel engines in the capital, and Westminster have recently hit drivers of diesel cars with increased parking costs to try and deter their use.
Despite the negativity towards the diesel engine, it seems as though in total, the car market is enjoying health growth. SMMT recently published statistics that shows that total sales of Vehicles throughout the UK in January were the highest the month has seen in 12 years.