Demand for diesels is in decline

In recent years, the Government has introduced a range of strategies to reduce the level of harmful emissions from vehicles. While some environmental groups feel we could do more, they have been well received by motoring organisations. What do these changes mean for diesel car sales and the future face of car ownership?

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Diesel car sales in decline

In 2018, car sales overall were down by nearly 7 per cent. For diesel models, the story was far worse, with sales dipping by nearer to 30 per cent. It’s believed that confusion about the Government’s future policies on diesel cars was the main driver behind the fall, and this is likely to continue. According to Express, it’s not just demand for diesel vehicles that is in decline; petrol cars face a similar fate.

The introduction of congestion charges in many cities, the launch of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in London, surcharges for parking and increased taxes have all had an impact.

If diesel and petrol vehicle sales are in decline, what new cars are consumers buying instead?

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The future of car sales

It is likely that the current trend of buying cars that run on alternative fuels will continue, with electric and hybrid cars being two of the most popular choices. However, there are still some concerns among consumers with these options.

First, insurance for electric vehicles throws up many questions, and that’s not just for personal insurance. Motor trade insurance policies for electric vehicles can still be confusing unless you use a specialist trade insurance broker, such as With the electric car market still in its infancy, it can be confusing to understand how insurance policies might differ from those for traditional diesel or petrol vehicles.

Second, the range of these vehicles is still a concern for many. Buyers should be reassured to hear that the number of charging points across the UK has now exceeded 10,000. The technology in electric vehicles also continues to evolve and improve as the popularity of vehicles rises. It’s also likely that a greater choice of models will hit the market in the coming years in direct correlation with their popularity.

If you’re considering buying a new car in the next year or so, there will be lots of pros and cons to weigh up.