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Published on October 16th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Diesel Car Sales Plunge In Europe

Europe has been the world’s biggest market for diesel cars since the 1980s after governments sought highly efficient engines to curb oil consumption and limit carbon emissions.

The disaffection toward diesel engine cars is spreading all over Europe as the market share of diesel cars in the European Union fell to 36.5% in the first half of 2018 from 42.5% in the first half of 2017, according to a recent Reuters report. Sales declined by 16% during the period to 3.12 million units, with declines in Britain reaching a high 30%.

In Germany, home to some of the world’s biggest diesel car producers including Volkswagen Group and BMW Group, diesel car sales dropped to 31.1% of the total in the first half of 2018 from 41.3% a year earlier. This is paving the way forward for electric driven vehicles to move faster than anticipated and all the German car brands are working quickly to bring to market efficient and reliable electric vehicles.


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