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EU car sales: share of diesel engines 2014-2018, by brand

Volvo had the greatest share of diesel fueled passenger cars in Europe. Despite reducing its share of diesel cars in the past few years, 64 percent of new Volvo cars on European roads were fitted with a diesel engine in 2018. This was followed by three German companies, BMW, Mercedes and Audi. No brand listed has seen its share of diesel cars increase in this period.

Diesel and its implications

Due to its higher thermodynamic efficiency, diesel surpassed gasoline as the most common fuel type for larger vehicles and has been increasingly used for passenger cars in the medium size range. In recent years, controversy surrounding the higher than advertised emission of nitrogen oxides as found out in the ICCT study leading to “Dieselgate”, has significantly dimmed the fuels popularity. This led to the decline in market share as seen in this statistic.

Where diesel cars are most popular

Of European countries, Ireland recorded the greatest share of new diesel cars. In 2018, 54 percent of all new passenger cars bought were run by a diesel motor. In comparison, the EU-28 average was 36 percent.

Percentage share of new passenger cars in Europe* with diesel engines in 2014 and 2018, by brand

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2014 and 2018

Supplementary notes

* The EU-28 plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Turkey.

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