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Diesel car sales plummet, while petrol and hybrids are on the up

The UK's new car market saw another month of decline - and is down year-on-year - on the back of poor diesel sales. However, hybrids and electric car sales continue to grow.

New car registrations fell in August, for the fifth consecutive month - with diesel car sales seeing more than 20 per cent decline. Compared to August 2016, there was a 6.4 per cent drop in total vehicles sold.

More than 76,000 new cars registered were last month, but there was a big shift away from diesel vehicles. The drop in sales has been down to ambiguity over the future of diesel cars, with buyers fearing possible tax increases and charges for driving in cities.

In fact, year-to-date, more alternatively-fuelled vehicles have been registered (71,497) than in the whole of 2016 (53,891) -  accounting for a 5.2 per cent share of the market.

Demand for petrol hybrid and pure electric vehicles increased substantially, up almost 75 per cent and 62.5 per cent respectively. Conventional petrols grew by almost 4 per cent, sharply contrasting the 21.3 per cent decrease in diesel cars registered.

Here are the 10 best sellers for August.

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Comments

saltire69    on 7 September 2017

I know vw make good cars but after diesel gate i am surprised that they continue to sell in such high numbers , having read some real horror stories about cars that have been in for the emmisions fix and came out worse than ever , limp mode, new fuel rails needed, egr valves ect ect , and garages trying to charge the customer because vw would not foot the bill .

Edited by saltire69 on 07/09/2017 at 09:08

Chris James    on 9 September 2017

I know vw make good cars but after diesel gate i am surprised that they continue to sell in such high numbers , having read some real horror stories about cars that have been in for the emmisions fix and came out worse than ever , limp mode, new fuel rails needed, egr valves ect ect , and garages trying to charge the customer because vw would not foot the bill .

Having had reliability issues with VW in the past, I would normally be the last person to defend them, however their new 2.0Tdi engine is excellent. I believe that this newer engine was fitted from around 2015 onwards. It doesn't suffer from the emissions problems of the previous version plus the EGR system has been completely redesigned so it will no longer soot up - solving an issue which affects many diesels eventually. (from all manufacturers) The sheer torque of the 190 BHP version of the VAG 2.0 diesel is incredible, making it an effortless motorway cruiser compared to the 1.4TSi engine which I found to be gutless in comparison through the midrange on the same journeys, I did wonder when pulling out of junctions whether the accelerator pedal was communicating with the engine by second class post.

I think the Diesel engine will be with us for a long time to come, as regardless of how the figures look on paper, and how much scaremongering the Motoring press chose to do there is still a world of difference between driving a diesel and a petrol, for example, both the entry 2.0Tdi and 1.4Tsi have a similar BHP but the daily drive is completely different between the two, and its all down to the difference in Torque, and you don't have to be a boy racer to appreciate it, which is one reason why its still a popular choice for both those who tow, and those who clock up 30K miles a year on Motorways.

Of course if you were to compare the 2.0 Tsi to the 2.0 Tdi then that margin narrows, but my boss wouldn't be happy to swap 60mpg with 35mpg, across multiple vehicles all doing 22k - 30k miles a year. Fleet sales make up quite a large chunk of VW sales, which is why I suspect that their diesel engine based cars are still buoyant, no matter how badly HJ wants us all to drive 1.2 Puretechs fitted with cross climate tyres.

Besides, with worldwide research from multiple qualified sources showing that some modern petrols are just as bad at emitting damaging particulates as OLDER diesels, along with higher CO2 emissions and a nasty disease causing emission called Benzoapyrene to boot

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170523144338...m

Why drive a diesel and pollute the public with one nasty, when you can switch to a petrol and kill them off quicker with three nasties!! ohhh those evil petrols - ban them!. (Which is what will probably happen when the good loyal naive citizens have all switched from diesel to petrol, at which point "Petrolgate" will begin.....very good luck with that!)

Edited by Chris James on 09/09/2017 at 18:50

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