Market share of diesel vehicles declines by 51%
The proportion of new passenger cars sold with diesel engines has shrunk to 27.2% in Germany. As recently as 2011, more than half of all vehicles were diesels, according to a new infographic from Kryptoszene.de. In the same period, the prices for new passenger cars has risen considerably.
As the infographics show, there are significant differences between car manufacturers: while almost one in two vehicles sold by BMW will still be equipped with a diesel engine in 2020, at Renault the proportion will be only 14.8%. German manufacturers Mercedes and Volkswagen also continue to sell an above-average number of diesels, with 47.8% and 46.1% respectively.
Germans paid an average of €37,710 for a new car in the year of the corona crisis. The average price in 2009 was just €21,770, meaning an increase of 73.2%.
A European comparison, however, reveals that the cars on the road in Germany are comparatively old, with an average age for vehicles of 9.5 years. Austrians drive cars that are on average 8.2 years old, while cars driven by the British are on average 8 years old.
Germans’ readiness to buy a new car is in steady decline. Back in 2018, 2.32 million people were planning to buy a new vehicle. This year the figure was 1.9 million.
“While the number of diesel vehicles sold is decreasing considerably,” reports Kryptoszene analyst Raphael Lulay, “German premium manufacturers continue to sell an above-average number of cars with diesel engines. However all in all, Germans seem to be attaching less and less significance to a new car. Contrary to what you might expect, vehicles on the roads in Germany are significantly older than in many Western European countries”.
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