Trends in fuel type of new cars between 2016 and 2017, by country

In 2017, diesel’s market share fell from 49.9% to 44.8% of total passenger car registrations in the EU-15 compared to 2016. However, this drop was largely offset by an increase in petrol car sales. Petrol vehicles are now the most sold car type in the EU-15, accounting for almost half of new passenger car sales.

Alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) accounted for 5.8% of the car market in 2017, while electrically‐chargeable vehicles (ECV) made up for only 1.5% of all cars sold last year.

Throughout the year, diesel’s market share contracted in all Western European countries, especially in Luxembourg and Greece (losing more than 10 percentage points in both markets).

However, the share of diesel cars remained stable in Italy and Denmark, with drops of around one percentage point. Ireland remains the country with the highest diesel market share (65.2%) in Western Europe, followed by Portugal (61.5%) and Italy (56.3%).

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