“Diesel loses appeal on car buyers”
German car customers are losing interest in diesel engines as the evolving emissions scandal and looming driving bans in many German cities take their toll on the once dominant technology, Focus Online reports. Diesel registrations fell by 9.1 percent in the first half of 2017, the Focus article says, based on figures by the Federal Office for Motor Traffic (KBA). Registrations of cars with petrol engines grew by 11.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Registrations of cars with alternative engines grew even more, reaching triple-digit rates, the article says. “In the long run, nobody doubts that the days of the diesel and ultimately also the petrol engine are numbered,” the article says, adding that “this process will still take several decades”.
Read the article in German here.