Survey Reveals Drivers Shifting from Diesel to Petrol
Research has found that many new car buyers are leaving diesel cars behind in favour of petrol-powered vehicles. In a study conducted by What Car?, it was found that a changing mood among buyers has caused them to shun diesel cars in favour of petrol, which they believe to be cleaner and more efficient.
The survey was made up of 4,000 readers of What Car?, Autocar and Pistonheads.
Despite this, in recent years’ diesel car sales have at times been the same as or over those of petrol cars, with diesel cars representing a 50.1 and 48.5 per cent share of the market in 2014 and 2015.
What Car? editor, Steve Huntingford, said: “There appears to have been a dramatic shift in the petrol and diesel sales seesaw. In the 2000s, legislation changes resulted in a diesel boom but after 2015’s revelations and the emergence of extremely efficient downsized petrol engines, the tide has now turned.
“Buyers appear not to be overly concerned about environmental factors. Car buying is usually determined by the financial aspects of the purchase; if buyers fear a diesel crackdown and petrol engines are cheaper to buy while being almost as efficient, it’s easy to understand the changes taking place.”
The research found that more than 84 per cent of those included in a recent What Car? intelligence survey are worried about changes in legislation that could mean running a diesel car would be more expensive. This includes elements such as rises in vehicle tax and fuel duty.