Market share of diesel cars on the decline
Due to the current regulatory vacuum surrounding the diesel issue, the average
buyer of a new car takes a cautious approach. With demand thus shifting from
diesel vehicles to, above all, petrol-driven cars, the diesel share of new car
registrations in Germany declined for the third year in a row in 2017, down to
just under 39%. Private car buyers, in particular, are reluctant to buy a diesel.
In 2014 and 2015, the diesel share still came to around 48% in Germany and has
also decreased in many other EU countries over the past years.