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It would seem that European car buyers are slowly moving away from oil burners following Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal.

Sales of diesel passenger cars, which have in the past accounted for more than 50% of the Continent’s total vehicle sales, fell below the 50% mark in April this year, with more consumers opting to go for petrol or alternative fuel options, Automotive News Europe reports.

Citing figures obtained from analysts LMC Automotive, the publication reported that diesel’s share declined by 2.2% to 50.1% in the first four months of 2016, and by 3.1% to 49.7%. This dip is especially notable, given that overall new car sales in Western Europe market had gone up during the period.

According to LMC, the most notable drop was in the subcompact, compact hatchback and small minivan segments, though large and executive diesel sedans, which make up 80% of the volume of diesel sales in some European markets, also showed a decline, though the drop was marginal.

The ANE report added that IHS Automotive predicts that diesel’s market share in Europe will continue to drop, by 2027 to about 35% of the total market volume. This decline is prompting automakers to step up investments in alternative fuel efficient options, such as plug-in hybrids and EVs.