The impact of diesel bashing for the 2018 car market
What’s more, Dieselgate has had a big impact on the petrol/diesel breakdown in new vehicle registrations for at least the past year, and there are no signs this is ready to stop! The reason is that politicians and the media have grabbed the VW scandal and run with it. This is a true windfall for their “environmental scandal” narrative and an opportunity for them to “save the planet” from wicked automotive manufacturers. The truth is far more subtle. In fact, we could devote an entire article to this (and we will).
Even so, at a time when this almost forced return to petrol car engines is rebalancing its market share with diesel, it is worth recalling that petrol-fuelled vehicles’ actual consumption depends far more on driving habits than is the case for diesel vehicles. In fact, the past 20 years of “all diesel” have accustomed drivers to a rather nervous style of driving (diesel has nice pick-up) and switching to petrol without adjusting driving habits results in a big jump in fuel consumption if you’re not careful. Just imagine what this is like when combining SUVs with petrol. You may have already been so unfortunate as to find out first-hand!