COMMENT: DIESEL CAR SALES SET TO PLUNGE AGAIN THIS YEAR
New research reveals that diesel vehicles will account for just 15% of the UK market by 2025. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds:
“It seems declining consumer confidence is partly to blame for the demise of diesel cars. Sales of diesels are forecast to fall by up to 10% in 2018 – perhaps to be expected after the new diesel levy announced in November’s Budget and a ban on fuel-powered cars planned from 2040.
“Diesel used to be the second most popular fuel-type after petrol, but our research shows hybrid cars are now preferred among car buyers. Almost a quarter (23%) of drivers admitted they would opt for a hybrid vehicle as their next car, compared to just 10% choosing diesel.
“Positive schemes such as competitive tax discounts and diesel scrappage schemes would be welcomed by 57% of drivers who are calling for the government to make it easier to switch to less polluting vehicles. To save money, we encourage all drivers to shop around online for the cheapest fuel and minimise motoring costs where possible using sites like Confused.com.”