Market share of fuel types in new cars registered in the UK 2013-2018

Market share of fuel types in newly registered cars in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2013 to 2018

by N. Sönnichsen, last edited May 15, 2019
Market share of fuel types in new cars registered in the UK 2013-2018 Petrol vehicles were the most sold car type in the United Kingdom in 2018. Until 2016, the share of petrol and diesel engines in new passenger cars was similar, however from 2017 onwards the popularity of diesel cars declined. The decline could be attributable to a number of factors, from the negative perceptions of diesel associated with the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, to fears of a tightening regulatory environment. As of 2017, the UK ranked below the diesel sales share average in the European Union.
Diesel car sales volume below 1 million

In terms of sales volume, the number of newly registered passenger cars with a diesel motor fell below one million for the first time in 2018, amounting to 750,165 units. Overall, sales figures were lower than in the previous year.

Prices for diesel fuel increasing

In the same time period that purchases of diesel passenger cars declined, the average price of diesel fuel steadily increased. A peak in prices was recorded in October 2018, when it reached 136.7 pence per liter.
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Market share of fuel types in newly registered cars in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2013 to 2018

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Fuel typeAlternative fuelPetrolDiesel
20186%62.3%31.7%
20174.6%53.4%42%
20163.3%49%47.7%
20152.8%48.8%48.5%
20142.1%47.8%50.1%
20131.4%48.8%49.8%
Fuel typeAlternative fuelPetrolDiesel
20186%62.3%31.7%
20174.6%53.4%42%
20163.3%49%47.7%
20152.8%48.8%48.5%
20142.1%47.8%50.1%
20131.4%48.8%49.8%
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by N. Sönnichsen, last edited May 15, 2019
Petrol vehicles were the most sold car type in the United Kingdom in 2018. Until 2016, the share of petrol and diesel engines in new passenger cars was similar, however from 2017 onwards the popularity of diesel cars declined. The decline could be attributable to a number of factors, from the negative perceptions of diesel associated with the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, to fears of a tightening regulatory environment. As of 2017, the UK ranked below the diesel sales share average in the European Union.
Diesel car sales volume below 1 million

In terms of sales volume, the number of newly registered passenger cars with a diesel motor fell below one million for the first time in 2018, amounting to 750,165 units. Overall, sales figures were lower than in the previous year.

Prices for diesel fuel increasing

In the same time period that purchases of diesel passenger cars declined, the average price of diesel fuel steadily increased. A peak in prices was recorded in October 2018, when it reached 136.7 pence per liter.
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