Diesel is losing ground in favor of gasoline. Less than four in ten cars registered in Belgium now have a diesel engine , according to the latest figures 2018 of the Febiac (Belgian Federation of the automobile and cycle).
Last year already, the Belgian car market was at a turning point as the number of registered petrol vehicles had become higher than those with diesel engines. A first home. While diesel accounted for 80% of the market ten years earlier.
Several factors explain this drop in diesel vehicle registrations. Among other things, the elimination of CO2 bonuses in 2011, the dieselgate in 2015 and the new excise policy that no longer favors diesel.
The big winner of the decline of diesel engines remains the essence. In fact, at the end of 2017, 46% of new registrations were diesel engines, 48% were gasoline engines, and only 5.5% of the engines were in alternative energy such as hybrid or electric.
A phenomenon that has therefore increased during the first two months of 2018, since now only 38% of new cars have a diesel engine, 56% a gasoline engine and 6% use alternative energy.
At the motor show in Geneva, the automotive sector has already anticipated the fall of diesel.