Drop in diesel sales offset by increase in petrol vehicles

Nearly half of all new cars run on diesel. In the EU‐15, diesel’s market share fell from 52.1% to 49.9% between 2015 and 2016. This drop was completely offset by an increase in the sales of petrol vehicles.

Quick facts:

  • Petrol’s market share grew from 43.5% in 2015 to 45.8% of all new sales last year.
  • The total share of alternative fuel vehicles fell from 4.5% of the market in 2015 to 4.2% last year.
  • Diesel is still the most popular fuel among buyers of new cars, accounting for 49.9% of the EU-15 market in 2016.
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